Politics

I am “1 For All”

July 2, 2010
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I do not keep it a secret that I am a particularly liberal person. I wouldn’t say that I know yet whether or not I am liberal or conservative on the issue of economics, but when it comes to social issues I am definitely a bleeding-heart liberal.

Yesterday, I called in to a Conservative talk radio show that my father listens to. To be fair, the host prompted me- “call in if you think that the economy is headed in the right direction.” When I called in, I didn’t necessarily say that the economy was getting better (does anybody really know if it is?), all I said was that we live in the greatest and most blessed nation on this Earth and that we are doing better than 95% of the Earth, economically, I said that we shouldn’t worry so much because there’s no way that Obama is going to take us from where we are to the very sad,Β devastatedΒ state of most of the planet.

Have you ever sat back and really thought about how amazing our life is, in the United States?

Today, thanks to WordPress, I am reminded of the beauty and freedoms that the First Amendment grants us as citizens. The 1 For All campaign, as advertised by WordPress, is a campaign to celebrate and inform about the ways in which the First Amendment affect our lives every day. Without the First Amendment, I would not be able to write down my thoughts in this blog, nor would I have the freedom to be a “maybetheist.” Without the First Amendment, none of us would be able to choose our own thoughts, our own beliefs, our own lives. We would not be able to think, talk, or act back.

There’s a reason why these are considered basic human rights- our choices make us not only ourselves, but they make us free.

Celebrate the First Amendment with me- share your opinions, share your thoughts, and be yourself.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Vanessa Wong July 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Erm…what country are you living in again? The USA has awesome things about it, but it is far behind a lot (mainly European) countries in the world. It’s also the biggest bully in foreign policy, has a severely indebted economy, has major industries under reform due to better overseas competition, has heavily subsidized and unsustainable agriculture, pollutes more than most countries, is divided on basically every major issue imaginable, has terribly expensive education and health care, and is only starting with Obama’s administration to tackle these things. I’m not bagging out the US. I’ve been there plenty of times and have met heaps of awesome people. The natural beauty is also stunning! Plus, every other country has its issues too! But I think your post is way too naive and you need to get real.

    Try reading political theorists like John Keane, Jean-Paul Gagnon (http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Gagnon,_Jean-Paul.html), Gaetano Mosca, or Jurgen Habermas. Your head is in the clouds!!

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