As a writer, I get a lot of interesting emails. In fact, I sometimes imagine putting together a book one day of the amusing and sometimes, downright odd ones that people send me. Don’t get me wrong – 98% are great tips and comments and I love getting them-it’s the 2% that raise my eyebrows!)
So, when I first checked my emails today,I quickly scanned one that said:
"Good morning Laila, My name is Derek and I’m a very rare man. I’m utilizing my uniqueness to raise an equally uncommon message...."
I’ll be honest. At that point my eyes were rolling back in my head so far my chair nearly fell backwards and I had a bit of fun with this opener on Facebook.
But after meeting the deadline for this weeks column, I went back to read it again and found something that actually really mattered.
I’ve written a lot about why I think partisanship – in particular blind and extreme partisanship – turns people off politics. and as a result, voting.
You can find those posts HERE..https://lailayuile.com/2015/03/19/left-right-and-the-space-in-between-conquering-the-great-divide-in-politics/
For me, it’s always been about trying to engage people and bring them back into the process. I’ve tried to make that direct connection between what happens in and around their personal lives, to the need to pay attention and get involved at some level of engagement. On many issues, it’s no longer enough to just sit and watch the news and go ” That’s terrible!” Or ” That shouldn’t happen!”
So when I watched Derek’s video, I saw something that resonated deeply with what I have written in the past and what I intend to keep trying to do in the future: Get people engaged and get them to vote.
And yes some of my deeply partisan friends will once again sigh deeply as they silently curse my efforts, but oh well. It won’t be the first time and certainly not the last, I promise.
So Derek, good snag in that email. You caught my attention, hook, line and sinker. Health and humour, Laila 🙂