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frustrated - February 3rd 2016, 12:52 PM

I don't believe in voting
I don't believe in lobbying
I don't believe in advocacy
I don't believe in these lies I'm told.

So is this all it comes down to? Vote or sit around waiting for others to vote. Isn't there direct participation...I want to do something real and tangible. Lobbying undermines the severity of how things are. There's these public health issues at astronomical rates and I should just try to persuade a politician? No! These politicians don't have a choice anymore. Ready or not something has to be done.

Lol this is why I shut down when someone tells me to sign a petition. I would rather go with a mask and cleanup the gowanas canal (in my county) that causes 1 in 4 kids to have asthma than beg a politician to care and not allow fresh direct dump industrial waste into the waters or landfills or whatever else. No I'm not a beggar for justice. They don't have a choice. I'm so done with accommodating or being patient or anything. Why can't we just build our own sustainable self sufficient cities and forget this political system we have. Either it is good intentioned but isn't working or it is much darker and corrupt than I can fathom and in that case it IS functioning pretty well this is why I have a hard time deciding on community organizing as a an occupation even though it is something that I'm quite passionate about because the method seems so ineffective and at the mercy of something greater than us just so we get crushed. On one hand that's what makes it exciting, you know like trying to make a difference in a scary world is much different than simply doing good in a place that people are already flourishing. But sometimes I feel things are too much and I constantly question, not if I have hope but IS there hope to be had?
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Re: frustrated - February 5th 2016, 04:06 PM

The way I look at it is this. If you want something to be changed then you need to stand up for it and work on getting it changed. You may only be 1 person but if you're passionate enough about something, you can eventually make a difference. Many people today would not be where they are if it wasn't for 1 person starting the ball rolling to make a change. Like you said, you'd rather do things yourself to get them done, that is great! If you can convince others to join you then you can get things done and done faster. I do support petitions, etc because a lot of them do get the ball rolling for change, I also try to back it up by taking steps myself to see these changes happen. I believe that there is hope if we can get enough people to realize that changes are needed and we all band together and work to fix these. Yes you will find opposition in pretty much anything you try to change but that should never stop someone from fighting for what they believe in.

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Re: frustrated - February 8th 2016, 07:13 AM

Seven billion people can be seen as "just one person". I mean, as Hank Green put it, anyone who says that their vote would not make a difference in the outcome of the election has demonstrated a massive failure of imagination. If enough people get behind an issue, then it can fixed. I used to ask this question and then I thought of the Second World War. Germany was the site of intense inhumanity but is now one of the most liberated countries on Earth.

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Re: frustrated - February 8th 2016, 10:04 AM

Thank you both for your response. Honestly voting here really doesn't make a difference. Apparently Ted Cruz cheated in the primary and won Iowa state. Not to mention the system itself is rigued. like MLK Jr. Would say "an unjust law is not a law at all" that basically applies to 99% of the laws and policies in the USA. Lol. Civil rights laws are okay I guess but then there's de facto injustice.
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