This is NOT a “political” post… really! It is going to seem like it, and I’m sure there will be people that disagree with my views. This is actually a “call to arms” post! These are things that need to be said and often don’t because people are afraid of political backlash. This is all about being informed and making the best choice for our future.
The title of this post is “State of the Body” because we need to step back and really look at how people with disabilities are treated in the United States. There’s not going to be any change for the better, if we don’t make the conscious decision to set aside our party affiliations and vote for people that will fight for our rights.
This is NOT just about who will be president!
Every office, from Governor to City Council should have a stance on disability rights. It is tasked to us to be aware of their policies! If we are not informed, we will never see change. We will never find the help we need.
Look up your local candidates, see what their platforms are… then search beyond that. If you’re questioning what a particular candidates stance on disability rights is, call their campaign. We don’t pick a doctor based on how they look, we choose based on who will help us the most. So, don’t choose a leader based on whether they’re Republican or Democrat, when a little digging may show you the other will do more for you.
As far as the presidential race is concerned, I will not tell you which candidate to vote for. That is not my place. I would urge you to please do your research! Don’t be afraid to vote for who you believe in and the one that will do the most for your rights.
People with disabilities have been ignored for far too long. I truly hope that the next round of voting will enact some real changes and bring the issues we face into the light.
What should you look for?
- Do they even have any policies set aside for people with disabilities?
- Do they plan to restrict important medication for people with disabilities?
- Are any of their policies going to inhibit people with disabilities?
- What plans do they have (if any) to improve the lives of people with disabilities?
There are very likely more questions that can be asked/answered, but these (I have found) are key to making the best choice in a politician.
I honestly hope that this has been helpful. I don’t want to create division, or spark debates. This is a good rule for anyone with something they feel very strongly about.
So please, be informed and vote.