How Soledad O’Brien Changed my Mind

by Ashley Richard

Apathy loses elections, too.  Yeah so the other day I was listening to an interview, of Soledad O’Brien, after the healthcare tax was mandated, and she noted that apathy can lose an election.  I swear that statement struck me like a ton of bricks.

Back in 2008, I was a political pheen.  My best friends were named CNN and FOX.  I spent more time with them than real people.  I woke up to them, I watched them before bed.  I got to konw them intimately, by name, time, show. We were in a seriously committed relationship.  I was all over the election. I even voted in the primaries! Yes, it was that serious.

Fast forward to 2012 and the bickering between political figures who claim to want what’s best for the people, but are really only looking out for themselves, has worn me out.  The opposition against true change is staggering, not to mention the immense amount of racism toward our president, has led to my all around apathy towards politics.

I have seriously lost faith in our system and in actual change.  Don’t get me wrong, I am an Obama supporter.  In my opinion, he has actually done what he said he was going to do. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Democrat.  I was skeptical of him at first.  I did not jump on the Obama bandwagon from the start.  I was a Biden supporter, and when he got knocked out of the race, my loyalties transferred to Hilary Clinton.  Then, Mr. Obama was the last man standing, and as a tried and true Democrat, I, by default, was a supporter.  It didn’t take long for me to come around, and I’m glad I did.  As an original skeptic, I applaud his efforts and accomplishments.  Okay, so I’ll get off that tangent to say, that this man has endured a recession, reformed healthcare, captured all kinds of dictators, not to mention putting an end to that little war in Iraq.  I get it, if you don’t like what he’s done, but I think it’s evident that he’s done a lot, and as a supporter, I would say a lot of good, but that’s another story.

But, as much as he has done, I feel as though the amount of criticism he receives, the racial slurs, etc, are a bit much.  I feel as though the last four years have shown the ugly side of our government and politics, and I seriously didn’t want to support it.  My mind was made up, I am an Obama supporter and that’s all I need to know. I thought, “I don’t need to participate in the political process to show my support.” I honestly was not going to vote.  That is until Soledad O’Brien called me on my bluff.  It’s true, not caring, doesn’t change things. It just makes it more likely that change will not happen.

The moral of the story is, come November, I’m voting, and you should too – Democrat or Republican.  Get yo ass to a muthafreakin poll!

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