I am the first to say that I'm not into politics. I will also admit that I don't regularly vote. I am a registered Democrat (gasp, I know, I live in Nebraska, predominantly Republican).
I am watching the State of the Union Address, and I did vote for President Barack Obama. My son is excited that he has the opportunity to listen to him speak in Omaha tomorrow. Nolan has always followed politics more closely than I ever have, and he does his research on both sides of the political highway even though he is also a Democrat. He is respectful and gives credit to where credit is due.
Recently, a friend of mine had one of the best posts I've seen on Facebook in a long time. Stephanie said that her youngest son will also be going to listen to President Obama tomorrow. When her sons were in high school and President Bush came to Omaha, she and her husband took the boys out of school to go listen to him speak even though they weren't Bush supporters. She said they did it, because it was important for them to respect the office of our Commander in Chief no matter who it was and to learn more about the process of government.
I wish more people had the enthusiasm my son has for politics or the respect my friend Stephanie and her husband instilled in their sons for the office of the Presidency. While people might not like our President, it's important to be informed and at the very least show respect. Think about how much better our conversations would be and how much more we could get done if we did.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.