Thursday, October 30, 2008

Registered to Vote!

I know, I know, I have heard it all before. I did finally register to vote. It is not something I am proud of but I did register when I was 18 and then never voted. I am now 34 and I am registered. Yay, got my card and everything!
I am part of an email discussion with my cousins and brother that is very interesting and very funny. I was reading the latest discussion and I was thinking about who I will vote for. I did register Republican (please no hate mail) and I am thinking of voting for McCain/Palin. Some topics brought up in the email exchange were about what would happen if the shoe was on the other foot and Obama for instance had 5 kids and one pregnant teen daughter. I think that is part of life. I love big families (I'm the youngest of 8) and I think it is a snapshot of the American people. Families come in different packages that's all. I don't really know the point my cousin was trying to make with that.
I was also thinking about one article I read where Obama was interviewed on the radio in 2001 and spoke of change in the constitution. He talked of redistributing wealth and then called it change. I just think of my experience with children. When you have high expectations for children they do better, they strive for more. When you put restrictions and teach them with a "do not" rather than a "can do" they become what you expect of them. I think adults are the same. If we have the government always controlling us and telling us no then we stop thinking for ourselves. We give up the intrinsic strive for goodness. We are not accountable anymore because our government will tell us what we can and can't do so often we don't have to make a choice. When I lived in Germany there was one system that I just thought was amazing. The train system runs on the honor system. You buy a ticket and then get on. No one is there to check your ticket when you get on the train. Occasionally there is a train police that will do spot checking but I lived there for two years and was only asked for my ticket 3 or 4 times and I rode the train often. I know there were people who would sometimes not buy a ticket (yes, I rode for free a couple of times) but then most of the people were honorable and did buy their tickets. I think that is what our government needs to do for us. Let us be honorable. Stop saying "you can't" and let us live up to our potential.