Why “I’m just not very political” is an Ignorant Statement 

Few phrases get under my skin as much as, “I’m just not very political” does.

First of all, if you don’t care about politics you’re probably incredibly privileged. If it doesn’t matter who’s in power to you, you’re probably not the one getting your rights taken away, or having to fight to have rights in the first place. Even if the majority of politics “aren’t going to effect you” you should still have an ounce of humanity in you to care about other people, and how politics might affect their lives.

Most people don’t get the choice to not be involved in politics. They have to fight for basic human rights and to continue to have the right’s they’ve already been given. Being complacent isn’t an option. Minorities having been fighting the same fight for hundreds of years, and know that they can’t back down even when they’re tired or its inconvenient.

“I’m not just that political” is such a cop-out statement. As if not caring about politics excludes you from having to care and making decisions that effect other people’s lives. For example, I know a lot of people who refused to vote in the last election because they didn’t like Trump or Hillary. Choosing not to vote does not mean that you aren’t responsible for the outcome. Voting is your civic duty, and if you are able to vote and chose not to, then you are part of the problem.

Many people who claim they “aren’t very political” seem to feel a sense of moral high ground, as if caring about politics is wrong or stupid. I think not caring about politics is wrong and stupid. Attempting to exclude yourself from politics, does not make you a better or more mature person. I would actually argue that it’s incredibly immature to not participate in politics. Hard decisions have to be made, rather you like the candidates or not, and is the last election it should not have been a hard decision. No matter what country you are a citizen of, you should always be actively trying to make it a better place. If you are lucky enough to live in a democracy, then you ought to play a part in politics, and put your ballot where your mouth is. Also, if you chose not to vote, you have no right to complain about politics. You had a chance to better our country, and instead you sat idly by being complacent.

Everyone should vote.

Everyone should care about politics.

Everyone should want to move forward and better our country.

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Dear Mr. President, Thank You

Over the past eight years I have enjoyed watching the Obama family. Today seven days before inauguration of our next President, and I am sad to see them go. They have received lots of hate and bigotry, but have returned it with love and compassion. I am not only sad because of who is taking over, but also because most Barack and Michelle have been very inspiring to me.

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I believe Barack Obama has been one of the most intelligent, articulate, and compassion Presidents this country has ever had. He has bettered our country. I truly believe that is an fact, and not an opinion. Our economy is better, millions of people now have health insurance that previously weren’t able to, he passed marriage equality, he took down Osama Bin Laden, and the list goes on. Even in his last days in office he has worked hard to make a change.

As a queer person I will never be able to thank him enough for legalizing marriage equality. Although things could change, his decision has changed my life forever, and I am eternally grateful. I will be able to achieve my goals of getting married and having kids, thanks to him. I am grateful my dad was able to find a job after he was laid off, and I’m grateful our economy has recovered enough for him to be able to do so. Eight years ago, that may have not been the case.

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First Lady Michelle Obama has been a role model for me. She showed the world what a strong and articulate woman looks like. Every time I hear her speak, I get inspired to make a change in the world. She has taken her role as the First Lady seriously and has touched many lives, including mine. She isn’t some trophy wife sitting around and spending her husbands money, she works hard, and has her own career.

Barack and Michelle have shown America what a good couple looks like. With 1 in 2 marriages ending in divorce, it was refreshing to see such a strong couple. They showed us what two people who are truly in love look like, and they showed us what good parent look like. I hope to one day have a relationship like the Obamas do, and I’m in love with my best friend. I’m sad children today will not be able to grow up seeing such a strong couple in the White House.

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I like how the Obamas can take a joke. Being in the lime light means every move you make is being examined under a microscope. They have continuously been on talk shows like Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, etc. and are able to make fun of themselves. The Obamas laugh along, and don’t get butt-hurt when someone cracks a joke. They are able to be silly and fun, while still holding up a sense of professionalism.

So, Thank You Mr. President, and thank you First Lady. I will never forget the changes you made to this country, and how you’ve inspired me. As for the next four year, when they go low, we go high. 😉

Lots of Love and Gratitude,

Alyssa