Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Housewife Politics

As I do my daily chores and activities I am amazed at how easy it is to forget that we will be making a decision in November that will effect every aspect of our lives. Caught in daily tasks it is easy to think that no matter what happens, life will just go on as usual. And even if it does, is that good? What am I doing to help make changes? Is my daily life worthwhile politically?

In my younger days I was involved with many special interest groups. I marched and boycotted and signed petitions. I worked in the fields the the UFW, worked in soup kitchens and gave up meals in the hopes that others could eat.

Today I get up early with my new husband. We start the morning with taking immediate care of our 8 cats and 2 dogs and an aquarium. (We have been involved with fostering before, so yes we are parents of 10.) I spend a good amount of time in their care, since I cook most of the canine food. I also feed the birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and have places for them all to nest. Preserving wildlife is important to me.

I keep a small garden. (I am a newlywed!) We try to find ways to recycle, give to charity. We volunteer at organizations - but what can this do for the elections? I go to school online, for my own benefit and to be an example to women in our community. Is my education being of benefit to the country?

As I do needlecraft for charities and spend time with Alzheimer's groups I wonder what will happen to these people if we do not effect the election. More and more is needed each year, and less and less seems to be there and there are no easy answers. As I quilt with the ladies and hold office at ladies aid I wonder who will lose their homes, paying their or their loved one's hospital bills. And what can one person do? Not much, unless the one person are lawmakers and presidents. And they do not do it alone. They need us to vote them in.

Each day I spend time reading various political essay blogs. To keep abreast at what is going on and to have intelligent conversation with my husband. We join politcal organizations, but at the end of the day, it looks like not much as been accomplished on the elective front.

This is not a very informative blog. It has many questions. And I do not know the answers to them. Any ideas to make a fulfilled life of more use?

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