Cover Photo Credit: Tiffany Von Arnim/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)
What Do You Think?
You Might also like
“I love you, but I just don’t really agree with your lifestyle.”
“Just because I voted for Trump doesn’t mean I don’t care for you.”
“Trump’s policies aren’t actually going to affect you.”
“It’s just politics, it’s nothing personal.”
I’ve heard every single one of these comments – whether it was over lunch in high school, with friends both before and after the election, and just through everyday interactions with people with different personal and political ideologies from myself.
I’m used to it, it happens to everybody from all walks of life and from all political parties.
You’re going to come face to face with people that don’t agree with you politically, and sometimes you’re just not going to like them.
Which is fine.
It’s one thing to acknowledge that you don’t agree with someone’s views.
It’s one thing to acknowledge that you can still try to maintain a relationship regardless of different ideologies.
It’s one thing to acknowledge that you simply can’t get along with someone due to their views.
But it’s a completely different, and frankly ludicrous, thing to pretend and ignore the fact that your political thoughts, opinions, and choices are not personal, nor that they will be taken personally by someone.
When I tell someone that supports ‘traditional’ marriage that I support marriage equality, that’s a direct assault on their belief system.
When people tell me that they don’t believe in evolution, that’s a direct assault against my scientific beliefs.
When people tell me they don’t want non-Christians in the United States, that’s a direct assault against my personal belief system.
Let me be clear, I identify as a Christian, but I also strongly believe that under the Constitution, people have the right to identify with what religion they so choose – which is a core value I hold.
When people choose sides on key political policies and issues, they are attacking the other side, and it gets personal.
Want an example of how personal politics can be?
Look at the last election.
Both sides attacked the other’s character.
They focused not on the policy issues or promises while in office, and instead fixated on how corrupt the other was, how self-serving the other was, and how they were bad for the American people – not because of their policies, but because of their person.
The most remembered question of the debates was, “What is one nice thing you can say about your opponent?”
That question served no true purpose in the sense of the debate or in persuading voters’ opinions, and, in my opinion, was just used to continue the ongoing personal fight between candidates.
This piece isn’t supposed to be a liberal whining session, but instead to show everyone that politics is personal, and that everyone takes it personally.
The only times you’re truly not going to take politics personally is when your party is winning and in control.
And that’s okay.
It’s okay to be upset when there’s a policy that affects you in a negative way.
It’s okay to be elated when the Supreme Court rules in favor of a case that positively impacts your life.
It’s okay to not get along and to have different sides on issues.
What isn’t okay, and what is downright dangerous, is to ignore the notion that politics is anything but personal.
You’re going to be biased, and when someone attacks your values, they’re attacking you.
My collegiate career in NC State’s Student Senate has been defined by the debates and bills I have worked on, and even though people may say it’s not the case, every attack on my bill is an attack on me, my values, and my work.
And frankly, I don’t know of a way to get around this.
Politics is so ingrained in our society and the impact of the government on people’s lives is so pronounced that people take all policy changes personally – and that’s just the world we live in.
Just be sure to acknowledge that you’re biased, and remember what it feels like when you’re party isn’t the party in charge next time your friend complains about what’s going on in politics.
You don’t have to be impartial or remove all emotions and preconceptions of your ideologies – just have some compassion and empathy towards your fellow political junkie.
RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in the world. You can write for us.
Photo Credit: Robert Couse-Baker/Flikr (CC by 2.0)Post Views: 2,228
What Do You Think?
Fred Thompson, a former United States Senator and well known actor died at the age of 73 after a battle with leukemia.
The Thompson family broke the news to the media in a statement.
“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” the statement read according to the Tennessean. “Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home,” the statement read in part.
From the Tennessean
“As an attorney, he helped lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. As a politician, he served the state of Tennessee for eight years as a conservative Republican in the U.S. Senate and briefly as a possible GOP presidential nominee. As an actor, he stared in some of the most prominent films and television series of his time.
At 6’5″ with a booming voice, Mr. Thompson and his larger-than-life persona played a role in several key moments that shaped the U.S. and Tennessee political landscape.”
Thompson was best known for his campaign for president in 2008 and for his role as the Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch in Law And Order. Thompson won 11 delegates in his 2008 race for the GOP nomination for the highest office in the land and dropped out after competing in 5 states.
Stay with Rise News as we continue to update this developing story.
Sad news from Tennessee: Fred Thompson died today in Nashville. A recurrence of lymphoma, per a statement. Quite a life.
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) November 1, 2015
Cover Photo Credit: IowaPolitics.com/Flickr (CC By 2.0)Post Views: 678
What Do You Think?
By Staff Report
Sen. John McCain is a political institution and one of the best known figures in the entire country.
But despite his built-in advantages and near universal name recognition, McCain is poised to have a tough time staying in office this year.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling (a left leaning firm that had a strong track record of success in the 2012 cycle) shows that McCain might not even get out of the Republican primary.
McCain only has a 35% approval rating among Republican voters in Arizona while 50% disapprove of the job he is doing according to the poll.
In the primary election, McCain holds a less than impressive lead over his closest competitor, former state senator Kelli Ward, 39% to 26% with three other candidates taking less than 5% support.
“John McCain’s going to have a hard time getting through the Republican primary,” Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a press release. “39% isn’t a good place to be. And even if he does survive Kelli Ward, the general election’s likely to be tough for him too.”
If McCain does limp out of the primary, he will have another tough contest with Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who he currently leads only by a 42% to 36% spread.
Were he to lose, McCain would probably be the highest profile defeat for the GOP (other than the Presidential race) and could lead to the Democrats gaining control of the US Senate.
McCain’s campaign staff dismissed the poll.
“We put zero stock in a partisan Democrat poll that is obviously aimed at boosting John McCain’s opponents in the primary and general elections,” McCain spokeswoman Lorna Romero said in a statement obtained by The Hill. “And even if you took this bogus poll at face value, it actually shows McCain in a stronger position today than PPP’s last poll, with his favorability up eight points since March.”
It should also be worth noting how McCain treats Donald Trump over the course of the next six months before election day.
Trump has attached McCain’s record in the Vietnam war and questioned his legacy as a hero due to the fact that he was captured.
H/T: The Hill
RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in public affairs. You can write for us.
Cover Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)Post Views: 431
What Do You Think?