Some of us believe that a divide exists between politics and daily life. Too often I’m told that I take Politics “too personally”, that the officials we elect into office are isolated and do not reflect the views of majority, and that I cannot judge someone based on who they vote for.
Let me tell you why THAT is complete trash. Politics and government policies are not abstract concepts. They structure and compose our daily lives and rights. Who we elect as state officials, or at the federal level, are there to represent our values, which is probably why they are called representatives.
We can’t separate the political from the personal. My closest friends are well aware of the fact that I’m crazy for chocolate chip cookies & hot blazing Cheetos. My favorite color, my favorite music, favorite foods, favorite places, they all come together to make me who I am. My choices, my likes & dislikes are a reflection of my beliefs. Similarly, the politicians that I believe should be elected into office, reflect my likes, dislikes and priorities, and furthermore the policies and regulations that they pass SHOULD take into consideration to what I value. Who I vote for is as central to who I am as my favorite foods and past-times.
Your political views are based on how you see the world. If you are okay with a candidate that is sexist then that suggests to me that you are okay with women being treated unequally. If you are okay with an official that is racist, then you are demonstrating that the Latino and Black people who are discriminated against are not important to you. If you are okay with voting for someone who is homophobic then you should tell your transgender and gay friends that you don’t think their rights are necessary. If you are okay with electing an individual that is openly targeting a religion then you are expressing that the people of that faith are not valuable to society. To me each of these speak loudly of your character. They mean that you think it’s okay to create a hostile environment for some people, and that it’s okay to create a hostile environment for me.
And I’m not supposed to take that personally?