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?