In the discussion thread: RANT: I have lost tolerance for people who have no interest in current events or politics. [View all]
Response to randome (Reply #24)
Sun Oct 21, 2012, 10:58 PM
Honeycombe8 (18,738 posts)
25. But randome, those things in politics you list, they did affect you personally.
You just choose not to acknowledge them.
The taxes you pay...directly affected by who people voted for in your state legislature and federal Congress, and for President.
Whether you can get an abortion...directly affected by who was elected, since they chose the Supreme Court judges.
Your health care, right now as we speak, has been directly affected by the ACA.
Bush's Iraq War...that indirectly led to the meltdown and contributed significantly to the deficit we now have. Which affects what Congress spends their time on, when they come to an impasse again on the fiscal crisis and budget matters. And what will and will not be funded by the government. Which affects the money given to states. Which affects state funding...which affects maintenance of roads, projects to promote businesses, the maintenance and creation of parks and bike paths.
Everything federal does in fact come down to affect all of us on a local level. Education is a big example. Student loans. All those things were affected by Bush's Iraq War (funding....and time and effort spent by legislators on Iraq that they would have spent on other matters).
Clinton's affair...that affected us all in that all of our federal legislators, as well as the White House, spent millions of dollars in litigation and trying to impeach him, as well as distraction from other more pressing matters.
I suppose I regard an interest in current events as just being aware of the world around you. People who aren't aware of the world around them are lacking in an important part of life, I suppose is my view. None of us is an island. Everything is connected.
I suppose it's also that those people will complain about this or that thing, yet they didn't bother to inform themselves and vote to prevent those things.
It's not like not having an interest in football or tennis or golf or hairstyles or fashion. Those things are not integral to our lives and don't affect us in important ways. They're "interests." Current events are interests, in my view. They are part of the fabric of life.
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But randome, those things in politics you list, they did affect you personally.
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