#weekendcoffeeshare: A Weekend Civics Lesson

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Another cuppa then? This week’s tea is a Scottish Breakfast tea from a local tea shop, The Curiosity Shop, which has sadly now closed. Scottish Breakfast is a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Yunnan. I’m a big fan of black teas, obviously. Milk and one sugar, please.

So were we having coffee/tea, I would be telling you about my plans to go to one of the early voting locations to vote in the PPP (Presidential Preference Primary) here in Georgia. I will sadly not be able to vote on the 1st of March, as I have a football (soccer) match to coach. I love voting; it is literally my favourite civic duty. My father doesn’t vote, and my mother, not being a US citizen, cannot vote. I registered to vote the very first day I could, and have voted for everything I possibly can since 2004. My first vote was for the new Georgia flag.

And since we’re having tea, I would be talking to you about the so called ‘Brexit’, or the UK’s planned referendum in June of this year. As an EU citizen with interests in the UK, I’m quite worried about the referendum, though yesterday’s agreement is promising. Will the British people out? Time will only tell.

(I have dual citizenship, for those of you playing the home game. I was born in Texas to a German mother, thus affording me citizenship rights to two countries. I feel both German and American. I will most definitely write more about this later.)

I am not as much of a reader as I used to be, but I have subscribed to The New Yorker and Les Jours, and I have to say, quality journalism is such a pleasure and I don’t mind paying for it. So were we having our caffeinated beverages today, I would definitely be telling you about the articles I was reading, and we would be chatting about celebrity culture along with our political chat.

So let’s have another cup and linger. Until next time? – SDM

NB: Check out the other posts in this weekend’s coffee share here!

Photo by Olichel Adamovich

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23 Comments

  1. Kudos to you for being so civic-minded, SDM. I was once that enthusiastic too. Politics lost its charm for me after the Bush/Kerry Presidential election and I haven’t voted since, not even local as I’ve moved around so much since then, I don’t feel like I belong or have a voice anywhere. Enjoyed your post.

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  2. I must admit I am totally over election coverage. THE US election coverage is on and our Australian pollies are talking about an early election. I am a bit disgruntled with it all but I do live in a marginal seat and I reckon I should be seeking donations for my vote instead of the politicians getting donations from voters. Many marginal seats do get special privileges to buy their vote and having grown up in a safe seat, i appreciate having a vote that really counts.

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  3. As a liberal from Mississippi, I have always felt the futility of my vote while casting it, but I’ve always thought it was important to cast it. Change has to start somewhere, and a good place for that is action.

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  4. Very nice to meet you and thanks so much for the tea. Hooray for you for being so diligent about your voting privileges! I get so frustrated when I read about how many people simply don’t show up to vote. It is something we should never take for granted.

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  5. We have compulsory voting in Australia but some people still manage to get away with not enrolling. Like you I want to have my say, but am only occasionally successful in having who I vote for elected to govern. It isn’t just voting, however, I think we have to involve ourselves in the community and from grassroots level let those in power know what the people want. I favour a system like the Swiss where referendums are held if a petition achieves I think 2000 signatures. That to me is real democracy.
    I too am a tea drinker. One cup of coffee in the morning and then I drink mainly peppermint throughout the day. When I can’t get a herbal tea I drink hot water.

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  6. I registered to vote in the first election that I was eligible back in 1950. We went to bet thinking Dewey won the election and thevpapers bore headlines Dewey Won. But he did Truman was reelected by a land slide. I did vote for Truman. I have voted in all national elections since. Like you I prefer tea and have my favorites. One I like is orange spice tea. Sometimes herbal teas are good especially peppermint. Very happy to meet you.

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  7. German and American, teaches French (lived in Paris), likes British customs, at least where tea is concerned – a woman of the world. Oh yes, I guess with blog name “A Political World Tour” you’d have to be.

    It is our civic duty to vote. I try to vote as often as possible and did vote in New Hampshire’s primary. I won’t say who I voted for, but she didn’t win in NH. But that is OK, my vote did count and wouldn’t take it back for anything.

    I love The New Yorker but had to drop my subscription – I wasn’t reading it enough to justify getting it.

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