I enjoy politics, a lot. I like reading about them and I like learning about them. I've not always been this way.
In 2004 I took a government class at college and I learned more about politics than I ever have in my entire life, anywhere, and for any reason. To this point my political experience was based on the following: My mom and dad are Republicians and expect me to be a Republican. I remember making posters for Ronald Reagan as a little girl. Pretty much the rest of my family is Democrats. So we don't talk politics at family functions. But that's about it.
I had a really excellent teacher for that class. One who didn't let his personal feelings influence our debates, which is rare in a college setting these days. Also, the class was at 8am on a Saturday morning so it was usually just me and him who showed up and we talked a lot.
I still haven't decided if I'm a Republican or Democrat. As a middle child I feel it's important to see all sides of the issue. Also, I'm a total fence straddler and I don't like to hurt people's feelings. So it makes it hard to be definitive on most issues. Very few issues get me really, really spun up. Some do, but honestly it takes a lot.
I have a lot of friends/acquaintances that are young women between the ages of twenty-five to thirty-five. As expected, Hillary and her White House run has become a big topic of conversation as of late. What was UNEXPECTED, to me at least, was the number of women who immediately said, "Of course I'm voting for Hillary! She's a woman!"
Um, okay. But do you know what her political platform is? Do you know what she stands for and what she believes in? Do you know what her plan is for reform (because, Lord knows, we could use from reform up around in here)?
Well, NO. But's SHE'S A WOMAN.
Okay, so the fact that she doesn't have a penis is the only reason you are voting for her? The hell? I mean, okay, let's put convicted child murderer Susan Smith on the stand! She has a vagina as well, therefore she'd be an excellent candidate!
I'm being ridiculous, you say? Okay, well vote for me! I have a college degree and I'm funny and somewhat intelligent and I can balance my own checkbook like nobody's business. I have never been in jail and I don't do drugs. Plus, I don't have a penis and that's what you're looking for, right?
Yeah, that's kind of my point.
If you want to vote for someone, please do the research. I'm not saying Hillary is a bad candidate. I don't KNOW if she is or not. I haven't done the research yet on her, or any of the candidates. So do the research and then vote. If it ends up being Hillary that's great. But only if it's because you are making an informed decision based on the facts. Don't vote for someone MERELY based upon their genitals.
Vote or die. Or whatever.