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Scratching The Surface of Politics

I was never really into politics. It just seemed so convoluted and anytime I listened to a speech, I found the speaker to be fake and was left with a bad taste in my mouth. Hindsight being 20/20, I shouldn’t be so narrow-minded, thinking all politicians or campaigns are the same. So, I’m beginning to shift my mindset.

I partly blame the show Scandal for my new fascination with politics. If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely should check it out Thursday nights on ABC. While the show isn’t real, it does show parts of the political system coupled with an all-star cast. Additionally, being on a college campus during the 2008 election was an insane experience. I remember going to vote for the first time, feeling so empowered that little old me had a voice. When President Obama won, the campus exploded; people were literally dancing in the streets. It was like nothing I had seen before.

Last night, I attended a fundraiser for Reshma Saujani, a candidate for Public Advocate in New York City. I had glanced at her website, but wanted to learn more. Hearing her speak, you can tell how passionate she is about changing the city and about education, especially for young girls. While I still want to do more research, I think I might want to be a part of her campaign in some way. Regardless, last night’s event was a great experience where I got to network and learn more about a position within the government I barely even knew existed.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to quit my job to go work on campaigns around the city. I might not even volunteer for one. But between last night’s event, watching the State of the Union address and becoming addicted to Scandal, I’m developing more of an interest in politics. This is something I never thought would happen.

When you’re fresh out of school, you think you have a set plan complete with all the answers about your dream job and favorite interests. Reality check friends, you don’t have all the answers and your interests, passions and jobs will change. The more you are exposed to, the more you learn about yourself. I would have never attended last night’s event if a family friend hadn’t reached out to me, saying it would be beneficial for me to attend. I learned that I need to be more open-minded and see where that takes me.

Check back to see updates on Reshma’s campaign and if I continue my new fascination with politics.

New Jersey’s Superhero

While I wasn’t born in New Jersey, I consider myself a Jersey girl. I will blast Bon Jovi while driving down to Belmar and Seaside. I’ve always been proud to be from New Jersey like so many great others. But with shows like The Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of New Jersey, all of us living in The Garden State are getting a bad rap. In the midst of juiceheads and table flippers, there is one person who stands out as New Jersey’s superhero.

Cory Booker is the mayor of Newark and recently accepted the challenge of living on food stamps for a week. Each day, Booker blogged about his experiences and his struggle to find decent food on such a budget. Booker’s meals included sweet potatoes, canned beans and canned vegetables. He even debated mixing mayo, mustard and salsa together to make soup! He wanted to complete the challenge in order to fully understand what people who live on food stamps go through. Below is an excerpt from Booker’s blog where he shares alarming facts about people living on food stamps.

Even before Booker decided to participate in the SNAP challenge, he set the example for all New Jerseyans. He takes his job as mayor very seriously and works diligently to communicate with members of the Newark community. Booker has a very strong presence on Twitter. He responds to his own tweets with honest answers and provides correct information when necessary. During Hurricane Sandy, he gave out information about shelter locations and updates about electricity. There were multiple times when Booker received negative tweets but he always responded with positivity and tried to see the other tweeter’s perspective on that specific situation.

Many politicians lack integrity and don’t necessarily believe in what they preach. Cory Booker defies this stereotype by listening to his community, believing in honesty and communicating his ideas clearly. He also understands the value of social media by actively participating in conversations on Twitter and writing on his blog regularly. I am proud to have Cory Booker as part of the New Jersey government and hope he continues to work hard and inspire people. If we’re lucky, he’ll make a run for president in 2016!

Be Educated!

The first presidential debate of 2012 aired last night and I was excited to see what each candidate had to say. Despite snuggling under a pink, fuzzy blanket and dipping my Oreos in milk, I felt like an adult, educating myself in order to make an informed decision come November. I wish I could say the same about others.

I find it astonishing that young people could be so uneducated about the upcoming election. I am not saying watch every debate or every speech. But regardless of who you’re voting for, you should know and understand their views on certain issues like healthcare and abortion. With technology at our fingertips, it is super simply to find information about the candidates and their positions on these issues. Consider this post my public service announcement saying, do your homework! If you just cast a vote without knowing your candidate of choice, then you shouldn’t have an opinion when you see something you don’t like later.

After reading my Twitter timeline during the debate last night, I can see why millennials get a bad rap.  Millennials are  individuals around my age, who can also be referred to as Generation Me or the Entitled Generation. This generation of people is usually categorized as being lazy and wanted everything handed to them. Reading tweets from these characters last night just proved the definition true. The vast majority either made ignorant comments or were completely oblivious to the debate. Either way, it was ridiculous.

It’s hard at times to be grouped into the millennials category when I don’t possess those characteristics. There are some of us out there who do work hard, can carry on a conversation in person and know who the Republican candidate is. My generation is the most entitled but not all of us fall into that stereotype.

I understand if politics isn’t your thing. It’s not my biggest passion, but I refuse to be uneducated about the upcoming election. The decisions made now with absolutely impact my future and probably yours too. I’m asking everyone to be educated and research the candidates. It won’t take too much time out of your life and will be worth it in the long run.

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