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Think Past the Pop Politics

I haven’t wrote a political post in some time and since election day will be here before we know it, now is a good time to start.  I often wonder why political candidates constantly pitch and we constantly argue on the same issues over and over again while there are so many more issues. From my view we should focus on issues that effect EVERYONE. We need to discuss problems that cross party lines and religious beliefs! Thankfully I am not the only one who feels this way.  On Care2 I read an article by Beth Buczynski, “Top Ten Science Questions to Ask Your Candidate”.

Instead of obsessing about same-sex marriage or who deserves access to birth control, maybe we should be worried about what’s gonna happen when the drought lasts all year, or the Keystone XL pipeline spills into the Ogallala Aquifer, threatening 83 percent of Nebraska’s irrigation water. Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/top-10-science-questions-to-ask-your-candidate.html#ixzz21TdPYbcM

Both points she brings up have already been proven to be important to the average citizen. Remember all the press after the gulf oil spill? I saw people riding the bus and walking with signs stating they were protesting our overuse of oil. I overheard conversations and saw all the posts on FB about the spill and the effects. I read about the businesses that were affected by the spill and saw the photos of animals drenched in oil.  So why isn’t the environment a more popular topic for candidates?

I know several people who live where there is a drought and it has impacted their life in a most negative way.  It’s hard to ignore neighbors dying from heat or increased prices at the grocery store. Water is scarce. It is polluted and there is much less freshwater than saltwater for us to drink and use.

To get you started and give you information Beth’s article gives you 10 questions regarding the following topics:

  1. Innovation and Economy
  2. Climate Change
  3. Education
  4. Energy
  5. Food
  6. Fresh Water
  7. Ocean Health
  8. Science in Public Policy
  9. Space
  10. Critical Natural Resources

Take action! Do what I did and send an email to your reps in congress and the senate. I sent out emails asking all ten of the questions. You can do that or focus on just one or two questions that you are most concerned about or have the greatest impact on your life.  To make it easy for you, here is a link to where you can find your political reps by area. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/

What issues are important to you that effect your community?

6 thoughts on “Think Past the Pop Politics”

  1. Thanks. I just feel like we get wrapped up in issues that are simply personal instead of delaing with issues that affect everyone. Education, infrastructure, and environment are important where as my biological choices and right to marry should not be governed.


  2. Wow. You are quite the activist. I didn’t realise that. But you know, good for YOU.

    Because of me, we need people like YOU.

    So brilliant. And go, girl.


  3. Hamsters. LOL! I agree. When I was younger, watching the evening news was great. I felt connected and informed. Then I grew up and realized they only covered pop news and I stopped watching it. Thanks for reading and for the compliment. I hope you will share the post with friends in the states who will be voting this year.


  4. Amen. I so don’t care about same-sex marriage and some of the same repetitive issues that arise every four years. I was thinking to write a post about that today but you’ve done very well on the topic. Pop politics is the in thing because it’s a me-me-me society that we live in. I’m not watching the news for some time once I return to the states. It’s so redundant. We’re like hamsters on a treadmill.


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