I grew up in a household where everything was fair game for discussion at the dinner table. Religion, art, politics and football were all hotly debated topics on a regular basis (along with whether we had to eat our carrots or not.) As a result, I believed then, and still do today, that we are all free to have our own opinion and that discussing it in a public forum is not only the right thing to do, it is the “might of the innocent” thing to do.
As a young adult, I was fortunate enough to travel to other parts of the world and took that opportunity to have a broader discussion about things like democracy, the United States status in the world (good or bad depending on which President was in power) and what we offered as a generation. These topics were on our minds in a large, looming way at the time.
I eventually settled in San Francisco and stumbled onto the League of Women Voters. I was delighted to learn that the League was doing the very same thing with a broad demographic of people on board. Women and men of different nationalities, religions, political beliefs and geographic boundaries have come together because they believe in the discourse of democracy as well as protecting its outcomes through a fair system that allows us all to vote.
The League has helped me continue to participate in a non-partisan political discourse. This is particularly important now as issues increasingly cross the ideological boundaries of party membership in our current globalized, post 9/11 era. The United States and the World are much too complex to be tied down to a one-party view. League members are willing to discuss and remark on the issues, leaving their personal political affiliations at the door. This is an enlightened point of view for a 100-year-old plus organization.
Does membership in the League and the discussions that happen there make a difference? You bet it does! That is why I became involved and stay involved.
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