Monday, November 5, 2012

A Very Important Day

There are two very important things I am doing today, and I feel strongly that, provided you are old enough, you should do the same.

The first is VOTE.

I have studied the issues, decided what is most important to me and which propositions, local politicians, state politicians, and national politicians best align with my personal views on the direction I hope things go. For me, this means I am voting for Obama for president. His views on women's and gay rights, as well as his firm but not US-At-All-Costs foreign policy (we are citizens of the world, not its rulers), plus his progress on health care and other issues earned my vote.

It's okay with me if you are voting otherwise, as long as you know WHY you are voting otherwise. I always prefer the mindset of voting for a candidate, as opposed to simply voting against the other guy.

The second is WAY MORE FUN. I am going to go buy Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor! I have been waiting for this book since the second I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and it's finally here! I have it on good authority that the book is amazing, both from Amazon (Best Books of the Month for November!), professional review sites, and one of my best friends who texted me today that she COULDN'T EVEN HANDLE how good it was.

"But Kiersten, what if I haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet?" Then you are EVEN MORE THE LUCKIEST, because you can buy the paperback of Daughter and the hardcover of Days and read them back-to-back without an agonizing, year-long gap between! I'm jealous of the incredible words you have ahead of you, dear reader.

So! Go vote, of-age-US-citizens! Go buy incredible books from amazing authors! Do both as informed and thoroughly awesome people! A happy high-five to all of you.

21 comments:

Whirlochre said...

Who was it who said "for every close run shave, there's a Remington"?

Probably a Yeti.

Cristina said...

sounds like you'll be having a nearly perfect day!!!! I'd say the only thing missing is chocolate. Maybe that can be remedied. Chocolate to reward yourself for voting, and chocolate while you are reading the beautiful words of Laini Taylor. YES!

LauraN said...

I am returning from a weekend in Colonial Williamsburg in time to vote. Alas, my preferred candidate is not running. The General has announced that he will return to Mount Vernon to resume his life as a Gentleman farmer.

Vivian said...

Yup sounds like a great day! But obama!? Maybe its because im pro life but, women rights = abortions, then you are killing a person and that NOT right.

Kiersten White said...

Vivian, I'm going to disagree with you. Women's rights are not simply about abortion rights. I only support abortion in the cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is threatened. But women's rights go much, much further than that, and I prefer a party that recognizes my right to say what I do and do not do with my body, as opposed to trying to dictate it for me. It's important to me, regardless of my feelings on elective abortions.

Ru said...

Sorry to be a chimer-inner, but I'll add my disagreement with Vivian.

Women's rights also equals things like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allows women who discover they've been discriminated against by their employers to sue as soon as they find out, and not be barred by a statute of limitations if the discrimination happened early in their careers. Women's rights also equals access to healthcare, including contraception, because a woman should be able to decide when she wants/when it is healthy for her to become a mother.

Sorry, I'd list more, except this is someone else's blog and that would be rude. But women's rights are more complicated than abortion, and frankly, abortion is more complicated than you've described it, too.

(Sorry Kiersten. Blogjack over.)

Kiersten White said...

No apologies, Ru. It's important that these things are clear. It's a hugely personal issue if you happen to have, say, a uterus. And it really cannot be boiled down to mere abortion rights, and I think it's important for young women like our very smart and awesome Vivian to understand there's much more to it.

Vivian, we adore you, by the way.

Vivian said...

Thanks keirsten, i agree with you on the subjects Where it wasnt your fault for become pregnant, but if you have a say to take th risk of possibly coming pregnant and do become pregnant, than i would believe its wrong because then it would be that persons fault. I also agree with us women being able to control with are own bodies, i wasnt clear on my comment, i mainly (and only) dissagree with if you take the risk and have a say you shoudnt kill the baby.

Kiersten White said...

And of course you are absolutely entitled to that opinion! But it's important to know that women's rights do not center around abortion rights : ) Because you are a woman! And women are awesome!

Vivian said...

Im sorry and didn't mean to offend anyone,
I don't know all the facts and shouldn't have said anything, ( cant vote yet though, so next time i will make sure i research!)

Kiersten White said...

No! You should ALWAYS say something, Vivian!! Speaking up is the only way for discussions to happen. Your opinions are absolutely valid because they are YOURS. Maybe they will change, maybe they won't. It's good to learn both sides so you can decide what you believe and WHY you believe it. But always say something!

No one was offended. I promise!

Ru said...

Definitely not offended, Vivian :)

Megs said...

I'm going to echo Ru and say definitely not offended, Vivian, and I appreciate you saying something. I happen to agree with you, and on a larger scale. Yes, we do have a say in what we do with our bodies, but legislation is not going to change peoples' hearts, which is at the base of any social issue. No matter how many laws are made, there will unfortunately still be bigots, racists, and otherwise blind people out there. Thanks for expressing your opinion and beliefs! :)

moonrat said...

Kiersten, congrats to you, both on voting and on being brave enough to publicly take a position and explain why.

Kelsy said...

Thanks Kiersten for sharing the two things that have made my day awesome also! Between voting (I could not agree with you more on your choice of candidate and your reasons for choosing him), Days of Blood and Starlight, and the fact that I got free Pad Thai for lunch, TODAY IS AWESOME!

Kiersten White said...

Dude. Forget political parties. I vote FREE PAD THAI TUESDAYS FOREVER. Where was that on the ballot???

Anonymous said...

Great post Kiersten. Very insightful! I'm unable to vote (underage) but I'm rooting for Obama. His policies work well for families, even more comfortable ones like mine. Being able to use my parents health care while I go to college would be really help me out. Also I like his stand on women's rights. Why should I get payed less than a man when I'm a better employee?
On the whole pro-choice pro-life thing I'm both. I believe if you are raped it's only fair to allow you to abort the baby. I also feel in any circumstances you' should be able to as long as you make the decision ASAP.

Makayla Anderson said...

I'm 14, I get to vote next presidential election so I decided to actually pay attention this time around, I have no idea what is going on. The only thing I know is that I'm pro-life (unless the woman is at risk), I'm for gay marriage, but against voter ID. I'm going to be one of those people that doesnt decide who to vote for until last minute, but that's what debates are for, right?

Bryan Russell said...

Well, I am a sucker for good titles, and those two books certainly fit the bill.

Michelle Wolfson said...

It's posts like these that make me so proud to know you. And especially I'm so impressed with how you handle te comments. You are truly a wonderful role model for teens, Kiersten, who may very well be just learning what "women's rights" or "gay rights" means to them. Well done, as always.

Cindy said...

Those two books sound interesting, but the next book on my to read list is called Supernaturally. It's by this awesome author with a great sense of humor.