Growing up in a country where my vote meant nothing, I was indifferent to politics. I watched political drama unfolding in front of my eyes, but only from a distance. I felted there was little I could do and hoped time would eventually take care the problems.
My belief came with me to the United States. Indeed, I saw the same tricks, broken promises and outright lies from politicians and wanted to stay away from them. But it all changed in recent years. I started paying more attention to political debates between Democrats and Republicans. I started to learn more about the key differences between Liberals and Conservatives. And more importantly, I started to engage in conversations and participate in social movements.
First of all, I have children now. As much as I can tolerate ongoing issues around me, I want nothing but the best for my children. I want to see them live in a better society when they grow up, and after I’m long gone. This is what pushed me over the hump. This is what woke me up.
Secondly, I realized that my vote actually means something, and my voice does make a difference.
Thirdly, I’ve seen California, a state I’ve been calling home for nearly 15 years, going downhill ever since I moved here and showing no sign of stopping. CA politicians, in my opinion, are really good at two things: spending money and passing laws. They are even better at spending someone else’s money and passing stupid laws. My frustration grew every year and I couldn’t afford to ignore the situation any longer.
Another turning point for me was the discovery of biased media reporting. Again, coming from a country where every media outlet was controlled by the government, I had a tremendous amount of respect for journalists in the United States. They played a big role in a system of checks and balances, and at least helped keep the government at bay. To some degree, they still do. However, the main stream media’s reporting of some recent events has completely shattered my trust in them. Instead of seeking truth and reporting it, they relentlessly try to push their own agenda, and don’t even attempt to hide their bias. They pick which facts to present, select which side to interview, and conveniently reveal only information supportive of their own view. It doesn’t have to be this way.
However, I have no intention to turn ImmigrationRoad.com into a political platform. Since inception our site has focused on helping legal immigrants navigate through a maze-like system, and will continue to do so. I’ll find other venues to voice my concerns. I’ll join the like-minded elsewhere. All I know is that I came all the way here to pursue something; I don’t plan to see it disappear forever.
Newton’s first law (“the law of inertia”):
An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.
An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.