I've had several successful political/activism websites over the years. I am not sure if I'm done with all that, but I am no longer hosting any of them. I do have a fairly active Facebook political community called 99Voices that was born on the same day as 99stickers. Both were started when I created a sticker idea in response to Occupy Wall Street.
I had no idea what to do with my little idea so I made stickers and gave them away. I no longer have the time to do this. I do still believe in political activism and the need for our voices to be heard above the fray of the media. Here are two banners that have flown on the Facebook page.
Thoughts on the Republican (9-17-15) debate and the lively discussions on Facebook.
I really do love to hear everyone's opinion and ideas. As long as those ideas are honest and homemade. When a person begins trumpeting Fox News talking points with no historical or relevant data points, I'm suspicious. Am I the most liberal left-winger you know? Gosh, I hope not. Am I progressive that votes his heart and mind on issues I care about? Yes. Do I love Obama and *everything* he's done or not done? No. Do I think we'd be living in a Bush-driven dark age had Mitt won? Absolutely. Talk to me about your ideas, your convictions, your passions. We might hit stumbling blocks like pro-life's assertion that three cells make a soul. But if we stay true and honest, and talk about what each of us thinks, we are likely to understand each other better. Are we here to convince each other to change our opinions? No. Am I not going to try to get you to renounce Jesus as your personal savior? Nope. I too am Christian.
You see posts from time to time joking about how we're just talking to ourselves and not making anyone to change their views. Well, that's half the story. But what if I don't want to convince you that my view is right, but only that it is different. What if I don't want you to give up your pro-life beliefs, but I do want that decision to be between an individual and their god. Legislating god is a bad idea for either side, and should be avoided at all costs.
I love the discussion. I thrive on the debate. I do my best not to troll. I do my best to remain calm and not respond with all caps. I feel like shouting sometimes, like during last night's debate. Many times I heard things that were simply lies, and more over, were bat shit crazy. That's just my opinion. I'm glad Jeb admitted to smoking pot. Hey, I don't do it any more, but I don't think 1/3 of our prisons should be filled with addicts who were snagged by the failed WAR ON DRUGS. Oops, see I yelled there. I'm sorry.
What I am is passionate and *hopefully* articulate. What I am is soul driven and progressive, rather than aligned with any party or politician. And what do, most of the time, is stay focused on what parts of the world I can take responsibility for. My life. My parenting of two lovely children. And how I walk and sing in the world. I do my best. It's just all I can do. May we be righteous to one another, even if we disagree.
I do believe we need the majority voices in this country to stand up for what's fair, just, and unbiased by the 1% elite who have controlled the government thought money and lobbyists, and the masses through the media and Orwellian Fox News.
Speak your mind. Speak your voice. And lets keep fighting to get money out of politics and the people's voices heard.
John Oakley McElhenney – Austin, TX, USA, Earth