Why I became a Democrat and why you should too

Now that I’m done with my ECE 290 LAS hw it feels good. I guess this week I’ve been revealing information on myself. Today, I’m going to explain why I became a Democrat. In the United States many people believe we have a winner take all system. There are winners and losers, a simple fact of life some might say. If you are lucky enough to be born in a well-off family you may attend Harvard or some other college that costs 40,000 a year to attend. You’ll get a six figure job and not have a care in the world. The question is how many Americans have 40,000 a year to spend on college when most people barely make more than that amount. Our society tells us that we should get an education but who’s going to pay for it. If you get into a good college, you have to take out loans. If you can’t qualify for a loan you end up in community college, if you can’t afford that then too bad. I use to have the attitude that it didn’t matter what was going to happen to anyone else outside of my family and friends. Which I believe is the republican argument, if you are making it, its too bad if someone else isn’t.

I felt really sick after I realized this was the type of mentality I had embraced when I about 12. It wasn’t until I took history in 11th grade with Dr.Aldo Regalado also a professor at the University of Miami, I realized all my beliefs about society and government were ill-founded. I started to notice the republican party was a party comprised of rich people that were not as ethically or economically diverse as the democratic party. As an Asian friend of mine pointed out Elaine Chao the first Asian person appointed to a cabinet position doesn’t do anything to help Asian people. Condi Rice hasn’t done much to help black people. Of course the appointments of Chao and Rice are historic first, but what has it done to help the people from the ethnic backgrounds they come from.

I don’t understand how the republican party can call it the moral party of the United States when it helps the wealthy. It does not look after the poor. Yes it does stand strong on wedge issues. Which if you notice I will not reveal how I stand on these issues. However I thought a party that had a religious compassionate edge to it would care about the social well-being of people. No one can tell me George Bush has done anything to help people that really need help right here in the US. The mother without health insurance. The guy who needs to see a doctor but can’t afford it. The people that want to go to college but are burdened by large loans. I see some many problems in the US its overwhelming. I hate to believe we are thinking on terms of class these days.

My good friend Luciana and future co-blogger took a huge interest in politics when she started going to college in DC. I hate to admit shes often a step ahead of me on current issues now days, but that is the life of an engineer. Luchy has spent an enormous amount of time working at the DNC looking at women’s issues. I enjoy when we talk about issues facing our country and how the democratic party is trying to answer these issues. We both believe that the Democratic party has the most concrete ideas to get this country back on track. By raising people out of poverty, getting our economy back on track, and making the US a country that’s once again held in high regards around the world. Barack Obama says he often gets people whispering to him saying, Barack I support you, and I’m a republican. And he says why are we whispering. Bill Clinton once said people want to join our side but their scared to jump off the diving board. My friend is scared to abandoned the republican party but I keep assuring her she has to follow what she believes is important to her, and I think the democratic party will suit her well.

CFC – The Seasons of Life

Tonight I did something unusual I walked into a church in Illinois for the first time. I guess Vivian can congratulate herself, I will no longer give her a hard time. After mentioning CFC a thousand times I finally relented, and decided to experience it for myself.

I think people that know me well, know I do not say or write anything unless I really mean it. I’m a tough individual, chances are I’ll convince you before you convince me. With that being said I’d like to discuss tonight’s “large group”. For those of you that don’t know what large group is it consists of all the small groups (Essentially group Bible study) getting together and meeting for a church service. Tonight’s church service at the Wellesley Methodist church that included a going away for graduate seniors and people in the community.

I found the music at the beginning of the service good it sets the contemporary feel for the service. Finally after the goodbyes for the people leaving the community pastor Min began his sermon. His sermon focused on the the different seasons of life, which I guess can be interpreted as the phases people go through.

His first point was that in life most people live ordinary uneventful lives, most of our lives will be without major problems. He began to use one of three analogies from sports,war, and relationships to describe these things. At this point in our life he says we really have to worry about wandering to bad desires. Instead we should take this time to plan ahead build a relationship with other people and God. He summarized spring with the question, “What are we doing this for?”, that people ask when they are in this phase of their life.

The second season he discussed was a Storm/Winter, where people fall prey to their desires. People may stop at nothing to get what they want even if it means immoral behavior or breaking worldly laws. I think we are all guilty of this. I think his explanation was really good about why people fall prey. We tend to try and run away from things we fear the most. However he points out we can overcome our fears by getting out of self-denial and overcome the things we fear losing.

He then discussed summer which he describes as a very dangerous period where people perceive that everything is going well and then drift away from church and God. He suggested during this time that we think about the joys of our past.

The last season he described was fall which he says is the time we should set aside and prepare ourselves for the challenges that await us. The service then closed with the singing of several songs. I have to say the service was good and moving, I found pastor Min to be very good with his ability to relate his thoughts well to our lives. Hes clearly gifted with his ability to connect to people.

Seldom I discuss my religious beliefs, but I think for context I should. My entire live I’ve been raised Christian my parents were not church going individuals but they believed in Christianity very strongly. Up to high school I use to pray spordiacly. Somewhere along the way I lost my faith as a I worried about other things, getting into college, enjoying high school, having an outgoing life, dealing with my parents. I guess its really easy to get jaded, anyone that says they haven’t been jaded is lying.

I came into college with many unanswered questions, and some still remain to be answered. I still don’t know how I want to practice my religious beliefs, and how they fit into my life. Pastor Min suggested we should take the Bible with us on vacations and read it. I want to try and read the Bible cover to cover for my own good. I don’t know what I’m looking for. I still don’t know where alot of the people I care about fit into my life either. But I hope I find what I’m looking for.

I really believe that everyone is on Earth for a purpose, whether or not you believe God made you the way you are. I know alot of people find my demanor tough, but I believe I try my best to be a good person and mean well. I don’t always see the benfits of being a good person,I’ve seen a lot more devious people get further. I hope that this pays off oneday. I think in general you should be true to who you are and not change for vanity sake.

I want to be sucessful, I want to have the ability to enjoy my life not alone, with someone I can travel the world with. I believe that whatever I do whether it be engineering or move into business someday. I should try and find a way to do things that help people, and everyone else should too. Theres no such thing as not having the time, its just you have a lack of heart to care enough.

There isn’t anything too interesting in the news today that’s worth mentioning. I have an exam tomorrow that I need to study for. The weather is great outside, its really sunny. Last Friday I sat on the quad and had lunch with a few of my friends. Its a real pity that the weather is not this great year around (one reason to live in a nice tropical climate like Miami or California). Next week finals begin and the semester will end the week after that. Packing up my room will be a challenge with the amount of things I need to put away, and the need to leave town right after finals. I presented my poster last night I noticed a major error after I printed it up, I’ll re-print a new copy before the undergraduate research symposium. On the topic of why these the things I research matter, I spoke to Dr.Makela about this. His explanation is if something is 99% effective that’s still not good enough when dealing with human lives. According to statistics things happen more often than you would care to believe.

So I’d really like to travel to Denmark to visit my friend Sayo. It would be fun. But I don’t want to travel alone for so many hours. So if anyone wants to go to Denmark with me, I’ll buy you a plane ticket. In other news I have to finish hw, and go to bed.

The end of the semester is coming up fast and theres a lot to do. I was thinking about a few things yesterday. In terms of what it means to be in college, and living life in the fast lane. I think drinking in college has always been over hyped. What type of people do you end up meeting in bars people you probably don’t want to associate with for the rest of your life. On the flip-side there is something to be said about people that take the safe route to everything, I was speaking to a friend in ECE two nights ago after he took a horrendous hour exam and we talked about how many people we know that waste their lives in college. I agree its very important if you can get a 96% of a ECE 290 exam, but is it really worth being a socially inept. At the end of the day most likely we’ll all be employed at some Fortune 500 company. I guess theres something to be said about the people that don’t need to drink or smoke to make themselves happy. I think people spend alot of time trying to label everyone instead of really getting to know them well.

The other thing I’ve been thinking about is insecurities everyone has them, but what caused those insecurities. Was a high school experience?A bad first impression? I find it interesting how different people compensate for their insecurities, some people never take risks with anything, some people try to put on a tough exterior.I will admit I am thinking about two people in particular that may read my blog.While some people make sure you can never beat them in a argument.

Earthquake

This morning I was lying in the bed when I felt the room starting to shake, and I immediately didn’t know what was going on. Until I yelled to my roommate earthquake. We ran down the stairs out of the building as a precaution. I couldn’t believe that I witnessed my first earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale, with an epic center near West Salem, IL. I’m a little surprised how long it took CNN to make it a breaking news item.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/at00851141.html

China-Oped

Recently I read this article from the NYtimes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/13/opinion/13forney.html?em&ex=1208232000&en=3f78fd18ca46542b&ei=5087%0A

What was interesting about the article is that most educated young Chinese do not feel the need for activism. I can’t say I don’t blame them, if you were well off why would you want to inconvenience yourself being caught up in a political mess. However as the Chinese get older after working for many years, they finally come to realize the inherent corruption in parts of society.

Today, I have to finish my research poster for the undergraduate research symposium. I also have to study for three exams next week. I’m looking forward for the school year to end. I still want to head over to Denmark for a few days, and Sweden. I wanted to briefly talk about newsnight which is a show on the BBC which asks hard questions to the people Paxman interviews . Tony Blair can’t get a minute without being attacked by Paxman. I should say I’m an admirer of Tony Blair in sorts he is actually one of the most skilled politicians in the latter 20th and early 21st century, except when he decided to follow Bush.

This is long, only look at if really interested.

Newsnight

Another short thing to look at is hecklers trying to get to Bill Clinton. Don’t mess with Clinton, he knows what hes talking about. Unlike President Bush, Clinton will stop and listen to your request and then give you an answer back even when you disrupt him.

Bill Clinton Heckler
Bill Clinton Heckler 2