February 11, 2007

Just politics?

The words "politics," and "political" and "politician" have fallen into some disrepute, and that bothers me. After all, I make my living in the political field. And I'm doing it to make my country (and the world) a better place for all. Politics is really just the science and/or art of governance. Yeah, it's messy, but ignoring politics does us no good. Negative generalizations about the nature of politics gives us cover to walk away and not participate. The College Democrats of America have a some thoughts on this and have posted this article on the importance of politics and why we should pay attention.

Why Politics Matter

Love it or hate it, politics has great impact over who we are as Americans and what we aspire to be. The political system helps determine:

  • How much opportunity we offer each and every American to secure a piece of the American Dream.
  • How much investment we make as a society in education and health care to make the America of tomorrow better than America today.
  • How hard we work to promote fairness and equality and to ensure that our nation is one where everyone feels comfortable living, working, and raising a family.
  • How hard we work to ensure that America's workers get a fair shake and that we continue to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our society.
  • How hard we work to protect the cleanliness of the air we breath, the food we eat, and the water we drink not only for ourselves, but also for our children and grandchildren.
  • How the government works to strengthen our economy, build new jobs, correct harmful skews in the market through regulation, and determine our trade policy with other nations.
  • How the government can and cannot interfere in our lives as Americans, on issues ranging from a woman's right to choose, to civil liberties, to our privacy in the digital age.
  • How we go about ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all Americans.
  • How we project the image of ourselves as Americans to the rest of the world through our foreign policy and diplomatic efforts.

In short, politics has a tremendous impact on the future of every American -- and it has never been more important than today.

Something to think about.

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