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It’s all politics

Jeanette Genson, Assistant Scene Editor - November 7, 2012

Something special happened this year. I’ll give you some clues: It only comes around once every four years, it causes lots of controversy and is one of the busiest days for stamp sales. No, the answer is not leap year—it’s an election year.

For some of us, this was the first time we had the opportunity to vote. It’s an important part of growing up and a vital staple of our society, but I feel like there are some parts of the political world people should know, and I’m all too happy to share them.

First of all, before all the hype about elections began, I had no idea how difficult it is to be bipartisan. Let me tell you, it’s not just refraining from adding your own personal opinion into a political conversation. You have to be on your game 100 percent of the time, and that means everything, down to what color your shirt is during a debate.

Because of my position with the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, I had to remain bipartisan at all times (OK, maybe not at all times, but it made me feel more like a CIA agent when I said that), which is difficult when you have as loud of a mouth as I do.

So I began avoiding some intricate parts of my life just to remain unbiased. This meant opting out of choosing my dog’s collar, because my only choices were blue or red. Mitt Romney’s nickname is mittens, so I have been unable to wear mittens this chilly fall season.

Morgan Freeman is the voice in Barack Obama’s campaign commercials, so that means watching “Bruce Almighty” was out of the question until our country’s fearless leader was announced. Luckily this election is almost over, because I really love that movie.

This election has taught me an immeasurable amount of information about politicians, so I want to strike down some of the generalizations people tend to have about them.

Politicians are not evil. They are incredibly misunderstood. They have to step up and make decisions for the rest of us that we simply can’t make. Just like your mom does when you can’t decide whether you want free spaghetti for dinner, or a burger that will cost you, they also spend most of their waking moments thinking about what is better for society and its inhabitants. Basically what I’m saying is, Doctor Grace is to the Na’vi what politicians are to citizens of our society (sorry for the extreme Avatar reference.)

Before this year, I could honestly say that I didn’t know very much about politics, and I cared even less. But in the last six months of learning the tricks of the trade, I have grown so very appreciative of the people who go through their lives hoping to improve our country and the way it is run.

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