NewsFeed: Politics and Knowledge
I've always been politically active and consider myself fairly vocal about the things I believe in. I vote and take that responsibility seriously. I read and watch and listen when officials say things and do things. I don't just accept what my friends might say on the issue. I go to the source. So, this morning, I didn't watch just the excerpted piece of President Obama's address; I wanted to watch the whole thing (it's not that long). I wanted to know all of what he and others said - not just the sound bite. And when I did, I realized something: I have been a resident of the state of GA for over a year, and I don't know who my Congresspersons are. I barely know the name of the Governor. When I think of contacting my senators, I still think of those in TN. So, when the President urged us all to contact our representatives, and I didn't know who to contact, I was chagrined. Ashamed. And pulled out of my funk enough to fix it.
I was surprised (I'm not sure why) to learn that all of the major figures in GA government are white men - every, single one. I thought I had a hope with one name (Lauren McDonald), but that hope was dashed when I found that Lauren is most definitely Caucasian and goes by "Bubba." I kid you not.
I don't mean to make fun of my new home state. I want to be proud of it, to be proud to be a Georgian. (And really, TN is not much better). I also must start knowing what's going on in my state. And if I want that list to look different, I need to get involved. So, I have subscribed to the governor's weekly email. I used GovTrack.us to identify and track my state senators (both white males) as well as my district and its representative (do I have to say it? -white male-). I have subscribed to his email service as well and am now following 2 of the 3 on twitter (one does not approve of these online shenanigans, it would appear). If I'm going to live and vote in this state, I have to know what my elected officials are doing.
I'm urging you today to do the same. I don't care if you are democrat, republican, tea party, or alien. I don't care if you agree with the decisions or politics of your officials or, like me, disagree with almost everything they do. I also don't care if you feel disengaged from or disgusted with the state of politics today. If you want things to change, you have to be informed. End of conversation.