20 March 2009

Terrible Routine

So I am stuck in this terrible routine of sleeping in on my off days.  (I can hear my college friends now...) So when I sleep in, it makes me less tired at night and then I stay up late and the whole cycle starts again.  Then I go to work, and am absolutely dead tired the first day because I have to be there by 7 am, and we really just don't get naps at work.  My station is a busy one, so even if we had some extra time for naps, we would probably get called out.  Anyway, so then I am tired at work, and try to catch up by going to bed early, but we get night calls frequently, and so I get home from my 48 hour shift and again take a long morning nap.  I think this cycle is driving Rebecca nuts.  This really wasn't the intent of my posting, I was just trying to explain why I am up so late blogging.  I felt like we needed a new entry on this part of our blog, so here it goes.

I am a political nut.  I am not going to have this post be about the current situation or share my opinions about specifics, but more politics in general.  First, I have not always been politically involved, or interested for that matter.  Now, however, I do not see how anyone can't be.  If you are reading this and are not involved in politics at all, please comment and tell me about it.  I am so wrapped up in politics and deeply involved in my opinions of what needs to change and so on, that I am to the point where I think it may be taking up too much of my time.  I recently started a book on the founding fathers that breaks down the constitution piece by piece and has hundreds of quotes from each of those involved in framing the constitution for our Country.  It is 800 pages long.  I am half way.  I spend a good amount of time online reading political commentaries and op-ed pieces.  I get involved in local politics and have sent about 6 letters this week alone to Senators Hatch, Bennett and Representative Chaffetz.  I even write letters to Matheson even though we do not live in his district.  Many times I receive replies to these letters, written by aides I am sure, and they just anger me.  

That's a huge lead in, and I am somewhat rambling here, but I started thinking about the whole political scene today a little deeper and I pose this question.  In today's political world, can individuals truly make a difference?  If so, how does one make a difference?  I am talking about me, you, our neighbors as individuals.  Not the huge billion dollar guy down the road that can use money as an influence.  I am going to share my long thought out opinion on these questions in a future post in a few days, but I want to hear your answers first.  And I want to hear Rebecca's reply as well.  Here are some other thoughts:  What is the point of being politically involved?  To what extent should we involve ourselves?  Is this boring you?  Don't mean to bug ya. 

Sound off okay?


J said...

I'm interested to see what response you get on the questions you posted.

I really don't think individuals can make that big of a difference. I too have sent letters to our representatives, and get frustrated with their response (or lack of one)They are supposed to be working for us, but I really don't think they care much about the individual opinions of the people who can vote them in or out of their job.

Anonymous said...

The older I get the more involved I get with politics, but I tend to feel that my opinion won't make a hill of beans of a difference. I wish I didn't feel that way, I would love to raise some heck and make some noise, but don't know if it's worth it.

Michelle Jensen said...

I have never really been that into politics. I feel that what is going to happen is going to happen and there is nothing little peons like us can do to change that. Who is gonna listen to us unless you have money and power. When you find out how to change that and let our voices be heard then maybe I would be more involved in political issues. I know it's sad to feel this way but I do.

Kristi Kroeger said...

Let me start by totally pissing you off and telling you that I am a registered democrate, and I too love all things politics. I know, let teh shock of it all sink in. And I do think one can make a difference. Perhaps not at a national level, but certainly in your own school or community or even state. One of my favorite quotes is "Be the change you wish to see in others."

Kristi Kroeger said...

And yes I know my spelling and apparent editing, or lack of, is terrible I know.