My Political Thoughts in Disarray

           

Since
childhood, I never really had any interest in politics. I never felt like I was
looking for what was happening currently in politics, but the recent election
where Trump got elected as the new president of the United States, it did make
me care about politics. It made me frustrated, angry, irritated, and confused
on how a person like him can possibly get elected. Nowadays, politics have
impacted me more than when I was younger. When I was younger, my views were what
my parents’ views were for the most part because they were the ones that taught
me from right and wrong and what was politically correct and what was not. As I
grew up and the older I got, politics has definitely influenced me to really
think about what I believe in and what I don’t believe in and has opened my
eyes to be more aware of what’s happening around me and to not be careless and
turn a blind eye of the things going on in this ever so changing world.
Personally, I feel like politics has been up and down for me. The recent
election, family, and the media has shaped and influenced my views politically.

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            The recent election has shaped my
political views because of the newly elected President Trump. I’m just very
surprised that he’s our president currently because he is very unfit to even be
president. For example, I didn’t agree with the fact that he wanted to build an
impenetrable wall along the 2,000 plus-mile US-Mexico border. There are many
other things that could be done that are more important like stronger gun laws
to prevents things like the shooting that happened in Las Vegas.  Donald Trump doesn’t really address important
issues. I believe he is an attention seeker. He says things to get the public’s
attention, but after, he goes back on what he initially said or doesn’t go
through with what he said. He’s very scattered and I don’t think myself or
anybody else can ever take him seriously. Every time I hear him talk about
certain policies or other things, it never fails to baffle me because what he
says is just unheard of and ridiculous. It was a shock to hear about him being
elected as our new president and I felt as the whole world was going to come to
an end with him being our president. Another example is trying to repeal Obamacare
especially without having a specific plan to be a solid replacement. Donald
Trump promised that the plan that will replace Obamacae, will be less
expensive, providing “insurance for everybody.” That’s great! Who doesn’t like
healthcare to be less expensive and affordable? The problem is that he’s really
all talk and says empty promises and doesn’t really have things to back up his
plans or what he says. Donald Trump being president has made me more aware that
politics is more corrupt that I initially thought and ever since he’s become
president, I’ve been more interested in what his plans are next and the things
he will say or pass next.

 

            Being born into a religious family
has affected my views in politics. My dad is a pastor. During my younger years,
I was raised to believe that if I believed in God and followed His words that
everything would be great and that I would prosper even if I didn’t have the
most money or the highest status. Even though I was born in the United States,
I still felt as though I was part of the minority group since I wasn’t
Caucasian. I remember in high school, I would get questions about where I was
from which I wouldn’t particularly appreciate. They would jokingly ask me
questions if I am from North Korea or South Korea. As you know, North Korea is
a place where there’s a lot of persecution and where there is still
dictatorship rule. I would get irritated because it would be very unlikely that
I would even be here in the United States if I were from North Korea because
it’s nearly impossible to escape from there. My grandma escaped from North
Korea carrying my dad in her womb, so it’s more personal to me because if my
grandma got caught, I probably wouldn’t have been born because if they catch
you escaping from North Korea, they don’t think twice about killing there. I
don’t know why people are oblivious about the hardships that North Korea has to
face daily and why people would make jokes about being North Korean. Even
though what I’m talking about is not about American politics, the point is that
people aren’t aware of what’s happening around them even in their own country.
My dad came to America from Korea to have better life in the States. He came
with just 200 dollars and 2 bags without knowing how he was going to support
himself. He just felt like he would do better here than in Korea. He always
felt like God was always there for him and that God always provided for him
when he needed help with finances especially. My mom also came from Korea. She
came when she was in high school because her parents believe that she would
have a better education and a better life in the States. My parents both met at
a seminary and they got married. They both have very strong religious beliefs,
so they were more conservative than liberal. They believed more in the
Republican views than the Democratic views. Religion definitely played a key
role on my parent’s views and what they believe in and what they think is right
and wrong. As I got older, I realized that my beliefs were changing and I
wasn’t a strong conservative like my parents were and that I was more towards
liberalism.

                        Media has also been a
huge agent that has influenced me politically and also in other ways as well. I
feel like media especially nowadays with social media platforms have huge impact
on people like Facebook and other social media platforms as well. It is very
easy to see what is happening around us pretty quickly. For example, after the
June 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide,
Facebook launched a “Celebrate Pride” tool that enabled users to give the
profile pictures a rainbow-tinted background to show their support for gay
rights, signaling to friends and family their opinion on this issue. In the 72
hours following the Court’s decision, about 26 million individuals added this
filter to their profile picture. This shows that social media has an impact and
has a pretty big influence on people to communicate and share with the world
what is going on around the world and they have just as much impact and
possibly even more than the news platforms. Personally, for me, I feel like
Facebook media has kept me updated on what’s going on even politically as well.
For example, I felt this two second earthquake that happened recently and
thought I was going crazy in my thoughts, so I checked Facebook and said to
myself after that I guess I wasn’t going crazy because my news feed was filled
with posts earthquake related. People communicate through social platforms like
Facebook to know what’s going on even though not everything posted on Facebook
news wide is true. Another example was when the recent election was going on,
people went on Facebook to see to see the debates and what people’s thoughts
were about the election and their opinions on the candidates for the election.
People even deleted people or stopped being friends with people on Facebook
simply because they were for Trump. Media makes us more aware about our
surroundings and what’s going on around us.

            Completing “The Political Compass”
survey was interesting. I didn’t know where I would stand. It took a lot of
time for me to complete the survey because I never really thought about the
questions on the survey. The result was that I fall under the left libertarian
quadrant, but I’m also not completely to the right if you see my Political
Compass survey results. My beliefs were like Gandhi’s beliefs, where he
believed in the supreme value of each individual. I don’t really believe in the
free-market as known as capitalism. I believe that capitalism really only
supports the wealthy and the fortunate people who are financially well off. I
believe that the government should take care of the people by increasing
regulations on businesses and taxing the wealthy more and putting that money
towards social programs that benefit people who are less fortunate. I don’t
think it’s the government’s job to control and regulate the country’s morality
and values. I feel like the government should leave people alone when it comes
to social issues and morality. I believe that the government needs to focus on
the economy and keeping the country safe and not the morality and the values of
the individual. Everybody should have absolute freedom to live their lives how
they see fit. “Man is not free unless government is limited.” (Quote by Ronald
Reagan) I believe the government having too much power would be detrimental to
the society.

            I feel as though politics have
impacted me in a way that I’m not aware of fully yet. I will continue to keep
open minded and to continue to learn about the political system. I feel like
knowing about politics is important to learn at a young age and that it should
be taught in classrooms like the Political 1 class I am in right now. It has
opened my eyes to things that I never really thought of before. We should all
know about American politics at least in some shape or form, so that we can
gear towards improving the government.