Prudent Advice

Life Lessons for My Daughter

Category Archives: Politics

#274 Know your local government.

Know the names of the people who represent you in government, as well as their positions on pertinent issues. Write to them. If you are lucky enough to be represented by a congressperson you respect and admire, donate money to his or her campaign.

#230 Politics truly can be a noble profession.

Genuine politics—even politics worthy of the name—the only politics I am willing to devote myself to—is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole.

-Václav Havel

#210 Acknowledge inequity.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in The Declaration of Independence “All men are created equal.” Today, we interpret “men” to mean “people,” but at that time “men” was not intended to be inclusive of women, or even of men who were not white. Inequity existed 200 years ago, and it still exists today. Don’t let anyone tell you that everyone gets a fair shot. Be sympathetic to the disadvantaged and work hard to include them.

#198 Healthcare is not a right.

The way our constitution is structured you have an inalienable right to an attorney, a gun, a god, and due process. You do not have a right to be healthy, to a doctor, to medicine or to equal access to care that could save your life or the lives of your children. Let this weigh heavily on you as you choose a profession and where to expand your political leanings and charitable giving.

#187 A woman can run a country (not just be Princess).

See: Wu Zetian (China), Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan), Mary McAleese (Ireland), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Angela Merkel (Germany), Golda Mier (Israel), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar/Burma), Pratibah Patil (India), Gloria Arroyo (Philippines), Tarja Halonen (Finland), Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Helen Clark (New Zealand), Margaret Thatcher (Great Britain), Janet Jagan (Guyana).