Friday, June 29, 2007

Get The Party Started

As I get older, my political views are as ever changing as the seasons. I started really pondering this about a month ago when we were in Europe. Watching the French people frolick around in their very non-chalant way. The Dutch folk were equally the same. We noticed a massive distaste all around us for the American Way. Perhaps it is the war, our President.... but there seems to be a different attitude there that was a bit refreshing. It was almost as if freedom was ringing more there than I feel like it is here on most days. It reminded me that we are a spoiled society that has this horrible entitlement problem. I started to think about what it was like to raise a child in the Netherlands. Seeing those parents riding with their children strapped onto the front of their bicycles, whispering sweet nothings in their ear on the way home from school. The vision of an easier going lifestyle sweeps across my face with an awakening jolt. I love our country, don't get me wrong, but with everything that has happened in recent years; the death, the violence that plagues this country, the terrorism, the economy, the war, it is hard not to wonder how we can make a change on a much smaller scale.

Since we returned, I have questioned my political viewpoints. How do we fit into the global picture as a country? What is right vs. what is wrong. Where do I fit into the political arena?? I have always held to very conservative viewpoints. It was my Christian upbringing some may say, that did that for me. It wasn't until things really started affecting me, a functioning citizen, that I took a step back and re-evaluated. The way I once felt about such things as abortion (eek! Not that word!), the death penalty, all of the issues that plague our elections, that I really started to realize that I don't know where I stand. I have so many feelings on every issue. I am trying to find a happy medium between my religious viewpoints and my social ones. I thought 'At almost 30 years old, I should have this figured out.' The thing I realized is that this will be an ever changing path in my life. What happens when I have a child to think about? I can only imagine how they will evolve once again.

I just so badly want there to be peace on this Earth. I yearn and ache for it. I dislike the politics in politics. The main focus should be peace, a life that is worth living for everyone, a chance at freedom and democracy. But do we have that now? Do we?? I think it's time for me to start my own political party. Anyone wanna join?

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