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Politics or Promises?

By Amy M. Voltero

Aah politics, oh how do I love thee? I don’t claim to be an expert one bit. I couldn’t tell you who was in office before Governor Deval Patrick, or who was Mayor before Menino. Wait hasn’t Menino been mayor since I was born??? I don’t read much of the newspaper or watch the news often, due to the involuntary consumption of Sesame Street, Barney and the Wiggles, but I feel as through, I know enough to make an accurate judgment. All these FABULOUS men and women declared our nation’s politicians have two things in common:

1.  They BS their way during campaigning: Promise beneficial changes to gain prospective votes. Once elected, AMAZING, they do the exact opposite of what they were originally standing for. SHOCKING!!!!

2. All share the same million dollar smile!!! I can’t count the number of pictures I’ve seen of local politicians, where it looks like someone has pinched them ever so painfully in the buttocks. It’s like the only thing that changes in a given photo, is the scenery, and clothing of course. Hysterical!

I understand that SOMEBODY has to run our cities and State, on the contrary, wouldn’t it just be easier to pick the candidate who shares the same origin surname? I mean really. My grandmother told her children to, “Vote for the guy with the Italian last name.” That’s exactly what I did.

Yes, I am the jerk who is registered to vote all these years, who sometimes doesn’t bother to waste valuable time, standing in line with the rest of my neighbors, to cast a vote for someone whose main priority is climbing the political ladder by false pretenses and cutting corners.  I think I’ll pass. I would rather get hate mail for the rest of my life from people telling me I’m not an American, and that I should be ashamed of myself for thinking so. Blah Blah Blah.

I do however hold the deepest respect for those men and women who serve our country overseas, and in the states, every day. Those are real heroes. True they are under direction of our nation’s President, but don’t think for one moment I would even invite him over for Sunday dinner. I have the utmost respect for police officers, firefighters, pilots, EMT’s and the citizens of our nation. People who put their lives at risk, or save the lives of others. Take 911 for example, the fallen men and women, died to save the rest of us, and our country. Heroes!!

I know, I know, how could a person like myself hold the views that I have? As a recovered substance abuser, I told people what they wanted to hear. I said I was sorry; not knowing sorry was an action word. I made promises I never intended to keep.  Now that I have become educated on my addiction, I am now able to put the shoe on the other foot. I was able to see that my broken promises were part of my self- seeking behavior, and that’s not okay. The same should go for our politicians. How can you sleep at night, knowing you have no intention of keeping promises? I believe that actions speak louder than words. Until then, sweet dreams!

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Dude Where’s My Role Model?

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By definition a role model is “a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others.” To me this is a scary thought.  Look around at who the young people of today have as their role models.  People like Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, or dare I say it, the cast of Jersey Shore!  Having role models like these has doomed the future even before it has started.

I recently had someone say to me that these people should not be role models.  Teachers, parents, coaches…those should be the role models.  I would have to agree but unfortunately that is not how society is.  Thanks to the internet and the likes of Facebook and Twitter we can follow the daily lives of our favorite athletes and celebs. In my opinion it is this attainability that is the double edge sword today.  On one hand it gives kids a glimpse into the lives of these so called “role models” and on the other it really shows us how these people don’t deserve the distinction of role model.

In this day and age if a celebrity, political figure, or athlete is caught doing something like drinking and driving, or getting in a fight, in less than 24 hours it is everywhere.  Not only that I’m sure it is accompanied by a cell phone video or photos which are accessible by anyone who knows how to sit at a computer.  Fifty years ago a PR person would have cut that off and hid it away to maintain the “squeaky clean image” of the person involved.  We, the public, we never be the wiser and probably see said celebrity kissing an orphan or saving an animal the very next day.  Now mind you I’m not saying I think this is right or that things should have been allowed to be “swept under the rug” but wouldn’t it almost be better? I mean in the good old days kids could look up to celebrities.  Now a day I cringe at the thought of someone looking up to a celebrity or athlete.

It has become common for the celebrities themselves to call out that the fact that they are not role models…they are just “normal” people.  Well being a role model doesn’t make you super human; it means you have fans which in turn makes you a celebrity.  Without those fans you would not have the million dollar contract, or hit movie/TV show, or platinum album.  So wouldn’t it only be nice to return the favor and be someone your fans can look up to.

It is unfortunate that our society does not encourage people to look up to those who are worthy of the praise.  I heard an excellent quote that sums this up’ “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.”

This article was written by Stephanie Burke

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