taking a stance.

It can be easy, as a college student, to take a neutral position on politics or not get involved at all. As a college student myself, I know all of the excuses: not enough time, too much to read, I have to go to work, I don't even care, etc. I've been convicted lately about the amount of effort I have put into caring about the future of America, and so this summer, I am making some changes so that I can be well-informed and understand what is actually going on in my home country and around the world. Here is my list: 1. Make BBC World News my home page (I did this earlier this year during the riots in Egypt, and I learned a lot fast)

2. Keep up with the different debates and speeches for the upcoming presidential election

3. Read up on all the candidates from both sides thoroughly and find out what they're really about

4. Research the current issues that are in question and discussion, especially regarding the presidency

A few nights ago, Mom, Amy, and I watched the Republican Presidential debate in New Hampshire on TV. Since President Obama is a part of the Democratic party and has only served one term, he is the automatic choice for that party. The Republican party, however, has seven candidates that are running, and if you didn't get a chance to see it yet, here is the debate. It is about an hour and a half long, but if you watch the three videos separately, it only takes a thirty-minute block of time for each. I suggest taking it in chunks. Very much worth it to be informed. (I'm posting the first two parts here, and the third can be found on YouTube. Start the video at 2:32).

It's easy to feel helpless and like you can't change anything. Sometimes I feel like I have nothing to offer and that my one, little vote couldn't possibly change a thing. I don't want to be oblivious like this. Sometimes I think the greatest thing we can do is simply CARE. I want to be passionately interested in justice and truth, and step up to impacting what goes on in this country. I want what's happening around the world to break through my calloused American culture and affect me.

So please, care with me.

Lauren

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