August 31, 2016 by Jeff Lowen
On the cusp of the 2016 election, here we are about to answer a question that’s on everyone’s mind. Believe it or not, I’ve been chastised for asking this question of others. “Who will you vote for?” Is this so personal that we can’t even share with friends, family, and acquaintances? Are we ashamed of our choices? Are we afraid we might offend someone? Has it become social taboo?
In further investigation and experience, I’ve learned that the ‘big three’ topics that appear to promote social suicide are, in no particular order, Religion, Sex and Politics.
I’ve seen close friends and family tear each other apart and become estranged for years over these topics. Perhaps I’m adolescent or just numb to it all, but I’ve always believed that when someone says, “I’m offended,” it generally means that they can’t really handle their own emotions, so they are hoping you’ll do it for them.
Being in the real estate industry, the political realm has always intrigued me. As a member of the National Association of Realtors, you are bound by a code of ethics, and Article 15 states, you shall not knowingly or recklessly make false or misleading statements about other real estate professionals, their businesses, or their business practices.
What a world we’d live in if your friendly neighborhood politician had to live up to the same criteria, huh? It’s only a matter of time before the slop starts slingin’ hard within a few short weeks before November.
So, back to the question. “Who will you vote for?” I would hope that you take a long hard look at the issues that you believe in and stand for, rather than take someone’s word for it or gather your intel from pretty commercials cleverly stashed in-between your favorite “Housewives of…” episode.
Whether you’re sure of yourself or not, iSideWith.com, is a nonpartisan site that provides a detailed look at the issues in a short quiz and matches your answers up with a candidate or candidates. Click here for the quiz. This was a real eye-opener for me, but then again I try to look at things through new eyes as much as possible.
After you take the quiz, maybe you’ll change, maybe you don’t. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you’ve taken your advantage of your birthright. And after all, you don’t have to tell me who you’re voting for. I’m only interested that people vote with their own educated mind and not from the feeble attempt of influence so many advertisers, groups, and organizations try to get us caught up in. Rock on America.
My name is Jeff Lowen, and I approve this message. 🙂
p.s. I’m not 100% sure of whom I will vote for… yet. I’ll let you know when I am.