Have you ever been in a conversation when someone says "I don't really get into politics.." or something along the lines of expressing disinterest in matters of our political system?
------ MLK Jr. Memorial, in Washington, D.C.
I believe most of us have.
One of my favorite responses to comments such as those is "that's because your human rights have never been violated." It's incredibly easy to not invest interest into politics if you are living a comfortable, safe and convenient life. It sounds harsh, but so is not caring about politics.
Approximately 63,459,781 American lives have legally been ended through abortion since 1973.
Through the passing of the Texas Heartbeat Bill, it's estimated over 10,000 babies have been saved. These lives were either ended or saved through bills and laws, put into place by politicians that Americans chose (whether by casting a ballot or not voting). Politics are often a matter of life and death, despite our attempts to paint it as a hobby for the loud.
------ Meeting TX Senator Bryan Hughes, author of the Heartbeat Bill
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Although of questionable character, he understood the power his voice could have, and his responsibility to use it. He once said, "The ultimate measure of a man
is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
While it's easy to shrug off politics, it's important to remember this: although your human rights may have never been violated, you are increasing the likelihood of them being removed through political negligence. MLK pointed this out in 1963, stating, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Who's to say the government will continue to protect your rights more than the vulnerable of our society?
You don't have to run for office to get involved in politics. However, you have a grave responsibility to educate yourself and others, as well as to vote.
Appreciate your freedom. Get political.