I remember back when I was in 7th grade, which was in 1988, we experimented with voting. We had those old voting machines, where we hand cranked our votes. I remember selecting the entire Republican party.
Now it is years later, I have been a registered voter since I was 22. I initially had my doubts being a registered voter considering the records of our politicians treatment of minorities and people with disabilities.
One basic principal: you vote, you have a voice. Your VOICE, or in my case HANDS have a stronger connection with our politicians than those who do not vote.
It has been amusing watching how people are talking about the current campaign. I am neither a Democrat or a Republican, but someone in the middle. I did vote for Governor Daniels the first time he ran and approximately 6 years later, we find ourselves fighting for the right of deaf children to have equal quality education at Indiana School for the Deaf and for provision of every service for deaf children and their families. I voted for President Obama because he has promise. I know a lot of people blame Obama for the current issues; however, we also need to direct our attention to Congress, which also holds the responsibility of our government at hand. We forget that it is not one person that holds the fate of our nation, but a group of people whom we do vote into office.
Generally, Democrats are for the people, mostly minorities and disenfranchised people and support the expansion of government. Republicans are for themselves or for the few and support the reduction of government. The funny thing is I would rather the middle, the opportunities are plenty in the middle and we can find a balance. Now the con of both parties is this: Democrats encourage dependency while Republicans deny independence to those who can. What they encourage is actually is not benefiting the populace.
So many people in this economical depression, so many of them are people with disabilities of varying degrees are unable to find or keep their jobs. How are they going to remain independence and reduce dependence on government? How can we be a strong nation, economically, culturally and educationally if we find ourselves tied down by politicians and political parties that are not for the people but themselves? It is difficult to wonder which would be the lesser of an evil with the background that I have as a woman, deaf person, a mother and as a teacher?
Which way should I be voting this coming November? I know that when I vote, I have HANDS to talk for myself and express my opinion.
YOU NOV 6 VOTE YOU (Y/N?)
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.