When it's time to talk to politics

There are rules for polite society – don’t talk about religion, politics, or sex – that lately I have been violating. The primary one being that you don’t talk politics during parties, social gatherings, Monday night football, or lunch at Korean bar-b-que


Yet during our current trip to the US, my husband and I seem to be the only people in our age group not frightened by the supposed eminent threats of higher taxes, more welfare, and the United States being

annihilated by unknown threats.

The fact is, we are both independents, in the much talked about ‘free votes’ group that both parties are scrambling for.  But we are not undecided in this election, 47 days before the big day.

The facts are simple, and yet shockingly missing from the knowledge of the average person in our age group:

America’s number one issue is not ‘security’; a vice presidential candidate who can’t address the doctrine of her own party’s sitting president may not be the ideal number two seat in the country; the great white leader can not continue as a paradigm for a country filled with millions of minorities.

There are a million other issues to chose from to have the headline: the economy, our reputation in the world, cuts in education, millions without health care etc. etc.

Please – get informed on the issues! And vote. This will be the closest election ever (including the much famed disputed one of recent years) and I am very afraid for the future of my adopted country.




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  1. mmjourney

    Hey Mo-

    I just stumbled onto your blog while trying to avoid work.

    I’m curious of your experience of talking to people of our age who are uninformed about the elections and variety of issues at stake. I’ve found it quite the opposite. Of course, I often forget that I live in NYC where the population is far from “typical” American… whatever that means.

    Where were you that you were hearing this feedback?

    • Mohanalakshmi

      Everywhere actually! VA, FL, it seems like all of us are guilty of buying the standard party speak despite how young we are. Democrats raise taxes, don’t support the troops, like big government were the three top complaints I heard.

      Is it just more of us being more comfortable with the established order? I’m not sure.

      Tell me what people in NYC are saying…

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