Rather than let the downward momentum of the end of the election pull me back into my usual stultifyingly apathetic self, I am hoping to use it like a slingshot to propel myself towards two clear goals: 1. to actually do something about a problem that concerns me and 2. to find a position that interests me in politics and run for it.
But before I get to that, I have to briefly segue to an alarming article on foxnews.com called “The war on men.” I mean, I am trying hard to develop some bipartisan skills here, but c’mon! This is shooting fish in a barrel. According to author Suzanne Venker, women are now to blame for the demise of men. We need to stop competing with men and just let them love us. Dang, Suzanne. I hate that I am even drawing attention to your terrible argument, but it is an example of just why my decision to enter politics is so important. So let’s get to that.
Last week’s post concerned the first of my goals. This week, I tackle the terrifying second one. Make no mistake: I am not necessarily going to run for office – I’m going to try. Just as teachers do not fully understand a text until they have stood up in front of a room full of bored teenagers hoping to catch them looking stupid and actually taught said text, my purpose here is to understand the system – and what better way than to infiltrate it! Lest naysayers consider my choice to run a trifle forward, I want to emphasize that my goal here is to learn new stuff and make changes to stuff I don’t like. This should be a collective, society-wide goal for all of us, right?
But I have way more questions than answers. For what am I qualified to run? What do I want to spend my time doing? How do I find out what each position does? And what is a reliable source to find out all of this information?
So far, one of my best sources of information has been a 19-year-old ex student currently attending the University of Chicago. No joke! Whoever despairs of young people and their so-called apathy haven’t met any lately. Today’s post, therefore, also concerns how I go about obtaining information. So here’s where I will need some help from you, dear reader. (Bonus points for anyone who just thought ‘Jane Eyre’ in their heads.)
What websites do you rely on for your news? How do you avoid the blatant partisanship of most media enterprises? If you want to know what is going on locally, how do you find out without relying solely on The Seattle Times? Are there local blogs I don’t know about?
So far, I have spent time on the following: The Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.wa.gov; The Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, www.wpcnet.org; The Women’s Campaign Fund, www.wcffoundation.org, and Jill Miller Zimon on www.writeslikeshetalks.com, I have also sent emails to Representatives Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton as well as WA state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (BTW, so chuffed I know who all these people are!) What else should I be doing?
Though I despise the word ‘wordle,’ I may even make one out of all of your responses, so write in now! And think hard about how women really need to be supportive of men, because they are so, like, underprivileged and stuff.