Tag: Voting


Government Trust, Artisanal Funerals and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include a new report from Pew Research on government (dis)trust, a solution for economic stagnation that will likely never be tried, a first for Saudi women, an artisanal approach to funerals and more.?Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Untrustworthy “Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the......

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A Missed Opportunity for Equal Rights in Houston

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: When voters in Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., went to the polls earlier this month, a policy on the ballot extending equal rights protections to many groups was defeated – even though the city council had already approved the measure. But religious leaders and others objecting to public bathroom access for transgender people dominated headlines prior to election day. “Inaccurate and unrealistic fears were spread by opponents of the legislation…almost entirely based on fiction.” Watch my video for more insight and......

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Truth, Trump and School Days: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 3 – 7), we discussed the longing to uncover painful family history, the Ferguson uprising one year later, the disruptive effect of the Trump campaign, the intensity of sending a child off to school and the imperative to vote. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   When ‘The Whole Truth’ Won’t Fulfill You – Brad Hirschfield We all know the words “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” pretty......

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The Sacred Right to Vote

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In celebration of the U.S. Congress passing the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago, it’s a time to remember how many people fought long and hard against discriminatory policies in order to gain access to the voting process. Exercising that right to cast a ballot should be sacred in American culture.? “The law does seem to be pretty vital we have a participation problem in this country. How do we creatively incentivize voting?” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.   ?......

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Going Public with Your Political Beliefs

With hotly contested debates and elections in the news, I recommend this piece on The Wisdom Daily about the secret ballot, reminding us that in a political culture of bumper stickers and soundbites, stepping back (from the snap decisions often engendered by those things) might make us more than just smarter voters, but genuinely happier, healthier people as well. I want to add that this truth: Political identity, as with most any identity we claim for ourselves, is both private and public. We define ourselves not only based on internal ideas, but......

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Applying the Secret Ballot to More than Just How We Vote

With the country gearing up for mid-term elections, have you ever wondered why people put bumper stickers on their cars or signs in their front yards in support of their candidate, while at the same time enjoying the practice of casting their ballot in secret? Lately, I’ve been considering how applying the notion of the “secret ballot” to other moments of my day might help me to be the more peaceful person that I aim to become. When we wear our politics, unsolicited, on the outside, do we really think it’s going......

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The Wisdom Daily's Top Stories of the Week 10/13/13 - 10/18/13

In case you missed them earlier in the week, here are the top three stories from The Wisdom Daily for the week ending October 18, 2013     1. New Traditions: Making Music a Family Affair There has long been the cultural stereotype that children reject their parent’s taste in music. I certainly did.? I eschewed my parent’s symphonic classical music and operas for The Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dylan, The Stones, The Who, The Doors, The Beatles.? Classic Rock, there wasn’t anything better.? Today, however, I’m not sure......

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When We the People Don't Vote, We Don't Have a Voice

Whatever one’s politics, it is pretty clear we have a dysfunctional government in which partisanship and party lines trumps compromise. ?It’s easy to blame politicians, to judge their motivations, but where is our own responsibility? Where are “We the People” in all of this? The fact is relatively few of us vote – less than 60% in presidential years and only 40% in midterms – which, makes us 120th of 169 countries on voter turnout. If we don’t vote and only those who are the most passionate and ideological do – especially......

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