Two very important things, two things I don’t take lightly. After 9 years of forms, checks at the airport as I entered the US and lots of money, I took my oath and proudly became a dual citizen. One of the reasons I’m so excited that I got to take the oath is that I get to vote. It’s an honour that I’m not taking lightly.
On the down side, I have never seen a campaign go on for so long or candidates bicker so much. In England there are no negative ads, nobody can really outwardly bash the other person and in a lot of ways I prefer it. When this election started 18 months ago I couldn’t believe it. Now as we’re nearing the end I’m ready for life to “return to normal”. No more debates about lipstick and pigs, no more SNL appearances of Tina Fey’s Palin and no more bashing each other.
What I can’t understand is how much time has been devoted to the campaigns and how much money has been spent on them. Am I the only one who thinks that while the economy is crashing Obama’s comment about lipstick and pigs shouldn’t have made the main news? Am I the only one that is sick to the back teeth of the amount of money spent on campaigning while people in New Orleans still suffer from Katrina? I don’t want this to turn into a political post, merely a small point I wanna make from my mini soapbox I’ve created here!
As a new citizen, I’m going to be first in line to vote. I am excited and ready to let my voice be heard. It’s something I won’t be taking lightly and I’d encourage you to do the same. As Mums we need to have a say in what goes on from here on out. We need to have our voices heard that ensure a good future for our kids. I’m worried what schools will look like when Isaac is ready to go. I really don’t want to homeschool and we can’t afford private schools so I want to ensure public schools are given money and resources. I’m concerned about the environment, about how much land is taken up by shops and houses. I feel sick when I think that some people simply can’t afford health insurance. These are all things that mattered to me in the past but matter more now.
If you’re disgusted by all the money spent on campaigning or believe we need good leadership for the mess we’re in, please go vote. Take heed from one who fought hard to get this privilege. It’s something I won’t take lightly and I encourage you not to. Let’s stand up as Mums and let our voice be heard!
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