Midterm elections give us chance

to reevaluate what we stand for!

These elections are for our representatives in the legislative branch and judicial branches. Now is the time to communicate to the government how you think it’s going. We’ve had almost two years of Trump and he is the kind of guy that forces me to think about things in a different light. Racism, the importance of institutions, how important is consensus on issues, how do we treat our most vulnerable, cyberbullying, what does America truly stand for? There are countless topics to list! He has also inadvertently shed light on many of our spineless representatives.

I’m disappointed at how many Congressman look the other way in such a polarizing time. Midterms give us a chance to have our say! I believe we need to elect officials that have core values or principles that reflect the values we live by. The values we teach our children. Guiding principles are what keep people from being a fly in the wind. It’s the difference between making reactionary decisions to making intentional ones. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of moral compass I want my boys to walk away with. I want a community that reflects similar values.

Must-Have Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity: be honest and trustworthy
  • Tolerance: understand we all walk on different paths and must respect others points of view
  • Compassion/Empathy: take a walk in someone else’s shoes
  • Team oriented: other people’s successes matter
  • Justice: fair and equal treatment for all

As I learn more about the candidates running for office I’m finding that it’s more about party lines than about guiding principles. The bottom line is we need more engagement, more informed voters and more empathetic leadership. It’s time to get to work and do our part. I’m a voter for 2018 because I won’t stand for the toxic environment politics has become. Great societies require consensus. The hard part for me about being blue in a red state is it’s hard to have important conversations about hot topics when I feel alone. It’s time to speak up and have all voices heard. Voting in the midterm election is a great way to do just that.

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