If you choose to follow me on Twitter, your stream will get flooded with smart-ass comments like those above on debate nights.
Here's the thing. I'm a cynic and lover of sarcasm on the outside. On the inside? I am passionate about politics and what it means for our democracy. I know a lot of people will disagree with me & my views on Christianity and the political sphere. But, people around the world have died for the opportunity to vote in a free democracy.
Is it a privilege to vote and participate in politics? Yes.
Is it a privilege I'm willing to pass up? Hell no.
Are the politics of the times a picture of true democracy? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no.
Do I believe that the people of this country have the power to change this? YES.
I have a lot of friends who do the "duck and cover" thing when it comes to politics. I respect their decision not to discuss it, particularly in a public forum. But, the idea that talking about politics (or religion, or whatever the hot topic is) is rude, is something I've never understood. Are we all completely incapable of having civilized discussion about issues that matter most? I think this idea that "politics is personal" only further entrenches us in our hyper-individualism.
We should be able to talk about it. And, we should be able to poke fun at it, too.
[Thanks, God, for Jon Stewart.]
All of that to say... it's election season & I'm fired up. So, follow me at your own risk.