random things that i find important to keep in mind during the current election and as the government moves forward:
– palin & mccain have both stated, multiple times, that we should not look back but instead be looking forward. this sounds great and optimistic and all, but there is no better place to find knowledge than in our history. i want my leaders to be willing to look back – even if it is as recent as the past eight years, or as distant as the founding of the country and the writing of the constitution. or even, god forbid, all the way back to greco-roman philosophies, or the collapse of an overreaching empire.
– bring education and arts education back to the forefront. an education with an arts focus teaches kids to think creatively, to look at a picture as a whole, to see the parts of the picture and analyze how they contribute to the entirety, and to understand the impact the entire picture can make on the person viewing it. this kind of thinking process and approach to problems is so critical, and so lacking in our current leaders and head honchos it’s just sad.
– no government should manage who we can love or what we do with our own bodies. as is chalked across many a campus every year on NCOD (National Coming Out Day), love is love is love is love…as our “leaders” are caught practically daily in their extramarital dalliances, in what way does their supposed moral superiority allow them to state that a couple that has existed exclusively and in love for thirty years should not be given the rights he/she was given in marrying their now cheated-upon spouse? and abortion should always be a choice. there is supposed to be a separation of church and state (HA yeah right), and if the religion issue were removed from this argument, there would BE no argument.
– and finally, my own hereby trademarked and copyrighted contribution to american politics, my own little pet idea: TAX JUNK FOOD. tax it out the wazoo. give tax credits and subsidies and all that good stuff to organic food makers and consumers. make a meal at mcdonald’s cost $35. make a grocery bill at whole foods cost a reasonable amount. i find it incomprehensible that completely unprocessed, healthy vegetables (ie organic arugula or salad) should cost four times what it costs to get a burger at mcdonald’s. no WONDER we have an obesity problem in this country. it boils down to what people can afford, and in tougher economic times we’re more likely to be hitting up the kraft mac & cheese and the burger king and the hunk of lard than a fresh avocado salad with tomato and arugula. LET krispy kreme go out of business. i’m tired of seeing people struggling to breathe or walk or play with their children or climb a set of stairs just because they’re so overweight they can’t. what kind of quality of life are we giving everyone in this country? show the middle and lower classes that we care about them and their health, make it affordable to eat healthily, instill it from a young age, and let me tell you at least some of our health care problems will go out the door as we will need it less and less with a healthier population. food for thought.
PS: A Reveal a Secret will be coming tomorrow. I’m hoping to create a cartoon illustration for it, but unfortunately my workplace does not provide me with the appropriate software to create said illustration. Inconsiderate of them, no?