Protesters and Politicians

When I choose to get off my lazy bones and go for a run on my typical route, I run by some businesses, including Planned Parenthood.

This past Wednesday I ran by my first abortion protester.  She was pacing back and forth on the sidewalk in front of the building at 10 AM.  And I couldn’t help but cringe a little as I ran past her.  I don’t remember what her poster said, but it was something to the effect of “stop the murder” blah blah.

I’ve written and re-written this post a couple of times, and I am struggling to find a non-offensive way to express myself.  I think the best way to approach this kind of issue is to compare it with my experience in Denmark.  The election for Prime Minister is only announce three weeks from the date, allowing all candidates those few weeks to campaign.  And they really just stick to their own campaign, rather than smearing other candidates.  The commercials are focused on their own strengths, and some are kind of funny (a little racist, but funny).  When I think about the American political campaign process, one theme comes out:  negativity.  I find this to be true in a lot of other areas of government as well.  People become so concerned with “hot topics” like gay marriage or abortion that the American public become disillusioned and loses sight of the majors issues facing the world today.

Hunger.  Homelessness.  Water shortages.  Energy crisis.  Global Warming.  These are the big issues that jeopardize the future stability of our world and our nation.  And hardly anyone is protesting or petitioning for these issues.  Why?  I think that we’ve lost our perspective on what’s really important, and it makes me sad and it makes me hate political commercials and the protester lady outside of Planned Parenthood.

I know this is definitely a rant, but I appreciate you listening/reading.  Leave me a comment or send me an email if you want to talk about this more, it’s something that I discussed often with my Danish host dad, and something that is always interesting to hear other sides of, because people become so passionate about this.

I am still figuring out what I want this blog to be like.  The only other time I have consistently kept a blog is when I have travelled abroad and learned big things about other cultures, so a lot of my posts were similar to this one, with large overlying themes and issues.  This is contrasted with my previous post about couponing?  I’m not sure where I’m headed with this, but I promise I will figure it out as time passes, so just hang in there and I will keep you posted (haha, literally).


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