(Closed) Do you refuse to follow politics?

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah I pretty much don’t watch the news at all… so… I stay away from political chats.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I follow politics… because I vote…

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I feel like too many people have fought in the past for my right to vote. I follow candidates because I feel like it is my responsibility to be an informed voter.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

No I don’t refuse to follow politics. It’s my job as a citizen to be aware of what’s going on in the political arena. It pisses me off when people bitch and moan about politicians yet refuse to educate themselves. That said, I do try to mostly avoid politics as a conversation topic because it just never leads anywhere productive. I don’t even share who I’m voting for.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t refuse, but it’s not a big interest. I know it’s important and I do care, especially for elections, but every day I’m not that into it.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t follow it closely as in watching debates or such b/c I know the basic for/against of the primary canidates but also don’t “refuse to follow” politics b/c it’s my JOB (yes JOB) to vote. Knowing where my stance on these issues I cast my vote accordingly.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I mean… personally, I think that if you don’t vote then you don’t have a right to complain about the government. I follow politics because I like to be an informed voter.

I also follow what is going on in the government because it directly effects me.

That being said, I don’t like to discuss my political leanings with people. Like my mom always said, you should never discuss politics or religion because it never leads anywhere good.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t follow politics in that I don’t follow the play-by-play too closely because it takes too much energy and makes me frustrated, except close to elections (I always vote). I do however care very, very deeply about policy, which is somewhat different than politics in that it’s about the deeper issues rather than the drama that is displayed in the media or daily play-by-play. that distinction prob doesn’t mean too much to most people, but it does to me. I lived in DC for a long time and worked in the policy world, but I can’t name all the members of Congress, so yeah, I don’t “follow” politics in the same way a lot of people I know do! It’s hard not to talk politics or policy when it’s so much of what you do, but we have some close friends who we know have very different beliefs, and I refuse to talk with them about it at all just because we aren’t going to “convert” each other and it’s just too contentious. And these are dear, dear friends, ie, our best man and his fiance, but we just don’t get into it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

No, I don’t refuse to follow politics because it is my right as an American to be active in them.  I take pride in keeping myself knowledgable on such matters.  Why?  Because when it comes time to complain, I A) I know what I’m talking about and don’t sound like an idiot, and B) I have every right to complain because I voted.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would never refuse to follow politcs.  As pp’s have stated it is our responsibility as citizens to know what is going on.  I am a politics JUNKIE now.  I watch the news shows all evening long.  But when I was younger I didn’t care so much.  I was carefree, didn’t own anything and just having fun.  I think as things affect you more you become more interested. When I was in my twenties the economy was much better and life was overall pretty good.  Now, my coworkers are getting laid off left and right, I’m upside down in my mortgage, I’m a union member who remembers what working conditions were like 20 years ago, I don’t know how I’m going to afford to send my two kids to college, the price of everything is sky high, there are local and national laws and injustices that effect me every day, etc., etc., etc. Obviously I’m more affected therefore I am more interested.  

As far as conversations go, I try to avoid them when I feel others don’t share my political views.  I’m not looking for a battle (unlike DH).  I just like to know what’s going on so I can know which way to vote.  

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Ember78: I think it’s extremely important to at least be informed on current political issues enough to vote according to your beliefs, even if you don’t care much for politics. If you truly refuse to follow politics I honestly hope you don’t vote. And I think that anyone who doesn’t vote really shouldn’t complain about any politcal choices being made (unless they had a REALLY good reason not to vote).

I’m a history and political science major so I love knowing what’s going on and discussing politics, but I hate getting into a debate with someone who is convinced they are right. I like the discussion part, not someone telling me I’m wrong, the great thing about politics is diversity of opinions and that there’s no one right answer.

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