How Closely Do You Follow American Politics?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How Closely Do You Follow American Politics?
    Not much, it doesn't interest me : (9 votes)
    10 %
    Enough to know major events, but not specifics : (47 votes)
    53 %
    Very closely, it's a passion of mine. : (32 votes)
    36 %
    Other, please explain below : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    It is nothing short of shameful for me to admit that I am not nearly as “up” on them as I should be.

    I read articles and watch the news, but anything more complex than that, honestly, overwelms me and I get very self-conscious about my lack of understanding.

    Post # 4
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I know enough to have a general sense of what is going on nationally and have intimate knowledge of the politics surrounding my area of public policy (I work in national health care policy). But otherwise, I am a reformed junkie. I found that following closely just made my blood boil and made me a less happy person. Mr. LK is a junkie, and my efforts to reform him have failed thus far. If anything, he has gotten worse in the last 9 months. :/ He cannot get enough, and then rages about it because it makes him so angry. I fear for his coronary arteries, and that statement is only half joking. Teen LK is also a bit of a junkie, though I regulate his consumption because I said so. 🙂

    My big issues, for which I actively advocate, are reproductive rights and LGBT rights. Mr. LK’s big issue is gun regulation. And Teen LK’s big issue is freedom from religion (my little atheist zealot). Needless to say, dinner conversation at our house is always interesting. 😮

    Post # 7
    819 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Probably not as much as I should, but I HATE conflict and that seems to be all politics is. I wouldn’t say I’m ignorant but I prefer to have my own political views and typically avoid political discussions at all costs.

    Post # 8
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I try to have an overall sense of what’s going in the world and of course particularly the US but I stalk updates on feminist issues (contraception, abortion, etc…) 

    Post # 9
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    DH and I follows politics very closely.  It is a passion of both of ours.  Our favorite show right now is Up With Chris Hayes.

    Post # 10
    3199 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Mrs_Amanda:  well i live and work in DC and have a master’s degree in foreign policy, sooo….

    i’m pretty much drowning in it every day.  i don’t mind, though. 🙂 they’re critical issues that affect everyone, every day, and someone needs to be talking about them. i’m good with being that person…as are all my friends, ha!

    Post # 11
    4540 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

    Not as closely as I probably should, but most of it just stresses me out. I try to follow stuff about education, but only major things other than that. 

    Post # 12
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Certain issues I am very up to date with (like gay marriage). Others I know the basics, but not the details (like the controversial drones). I do try to have a general understanding on everything that’s going on, but I only dig deeper on certain issues.

    Post # 14
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Mrs_Amanda:  Absolutely never.  Nothing good seems to come out of the news; it’s all negative or contradictive.  I stay sane this way.

    Post # 15
    616 posts
    Busy bee

    @lovekiss:  Oh yeah, I swear I have a stroke on the subway every morning, headlines get to me that bad. And I’m a passionate electoral college junkie. The first months of FI and I’s realtionship were before the election and we would srsly argue over drinks about how many electoral votes would go to whom and which state would flip. *True Love* *Sigh*


    Post # 16
    980 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Hi there!  I think you know how I voted!!  🙂  My key issue is women’s rights, especially reproductive freedom (Texas and Ohio, what are you doing??).  I’m also so thrilled by the DOMA ruling.  I’m also interested in the gun debate (we’re a gun owning household, and very much believe in strict controls).  When 90% of Americans agree on something, but the NRA still gets its way, its a fascinating (and infuriating) glimpse into our political system.  And yes, we loved House of Cards 🙂

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