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Family Fridays: Opposing Views

The older I get, the more distinct my views become on certain topics. These views changed over time and can be influenced by the life phase I am currently in: young adult just starting her career with a significant other or children. I’ve also noticed that my views, at times, conflict with what my family believes or has taught me. The next three Truth Challenge prompts address some of these views:
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Marriage is a commitment between two people in love, regardless of their gender, race or anything else.  No one has the right to dictate who you should love, marry or spend the rest of your life with. I have met plenty of gay couples who support one another, have completely healthy relationships and are raising children better than some heterosexual couples. I firmly believe in marriage equality for all.

Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Have you heard of the phrase, “Religion and politics are the two things never to discuss at the dinner table?” Well, my family has broken that rule multiple times. Religion and politics are two very personal, sensitive topics. Again, no one has the right to judge your personal choice like how you practice your religion or who you vote for. I was raised Roman Catholic but have an issue with the man-made rules of the church, like annulments. However, I do believe in God, who has blessed me with all of the amazing things and people in my life. Because of this, I try to go to church as much as possible to say thank you.

My interest in politics has grown immensely over the last couple of years. I think this is partly becausevote I’ve been able to vote during the elections. I enjoy watching the debates, hearing the proposed plans of candidates and educating myself on our nation’s issues. My biggest issue with people and politics is that people will vote just based on opinions or appearances rather than facts. Please educate yourself before voting!

Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
My views on drugs and alcohol has changed drastically in the last year since my family has been personally affected by addiction. I try not to judge people because addiction is a sickness that requires medical help just like any other disease. I do have a hard time with people who don’t take accountability for their sickness and do not fully grasp how their actions affect other people. That being said, it is your body so do with it what you’d like. Since alcohol is a legal substance once you are 21, I am all for enjoying a cocktail every now and then. Everything in moderation!
One challenge of growing up and forming my own opinions is that my family members don’t always agree with me. Some can still have intelligent conversations even though our views are different. Others are so militant and stubborn that it becomes a streaming match when any of the above are discussed. In the end, everyone, including family, needs to respect one another’s differing viewpoints.
How do you handle opposing viewpoints with your family? Is it a challenge?

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.

The Jokes on General Petraeus

If you’ve turned on any news station within the last week, you’ve heard of the General Petraeus scandal. General David Petraeus, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq resigned as the CIA director due to a pending FBI investigation. The investigation started because of email messages stating the General Petraeus was having an extramarital affair with his biographer. The General confessed to the affair but still testified in Congress about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11. Additionally, esteemed General John Allen is also under investigation for sending inappropriate messages to another woman. Thanks to this investigation, General Allen’s nomination for NATO’s supreme allied chief has been put on hold by the Obama administration

General David Petraeus.

This is not the first time powerful, political figures were involved in scandals. However, both Generals are known for their moral character and giving speeches about integrity and honesty. With the new information about both, people will begin to question their reputations and legacies. While I do not condone any kind of infidelity, I wonder how public a political figure’s life needs to be. Granted, this person chose to be in a position of power that came with fame and media attention. Because of this, every move this person makes is viewed under a microscope. More than likely, people in the spotlight do not think through the consequences of their actions before participating in less than desirable activities. I do believe that is what happened to both General Petraeus and General Allen. Perhaps they forgot that their private lives can be made public very quickly.

The question now is what to do next. From a public relations or crisis communications standpoint, both Generals need to sincerely apologize to the public and admit their wrongdoings. They need to concentrate on spending time with their families and going through the healing process. Any statements sent to the media must focus on regaining the trust of people and recovering with their families. Humans are not perfect and they do make mistakes. Generals are not exempted from these mistakes.

General John Allen

Infidelity is a problem that plagues society today. The scandals involving General Petraeus and General Allen can serve as teaching moments for all Americans especially the younger generation. Cheating is wrong and if the CIA Director can get caught, so can any average American. While it’s true people do make mistakes, everyone must strive to protect their marriage vows. These political leaders and others in the spotlight are examples of what not to do. We shall see if these generals can recover and continue their careers in Washington.


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