Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Politics and Me

My name is John, but my friends call me  Jack. I take pride in my name, because John F. Kennedy did the same thing with his name. Even though I am far off from being a Democrat or a Liberal, John is a good name. These blog posts are all about politics, coming from the perspective of a republican (a college republican).

I began interested in politics in 2012 when I graduated from high school and served with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a corps member. My campus was located in Vinton Iowa. My team and I received training in the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama and worked in a FEMA Joint Field Office in NJ in response to Hurricane Sandy as a Public Assistance Specialist. I also did Community Relations in Union Beach, NJ in the beginning of Hurricane Sandy. My team and I worked in Duluth Minnesota, and Milford Connecticut.

That year was a great year for me. I got to travel, work with a team, and I learned a whole lot about myself. In the end I knew I made a difference in peoples lives. The journey was not easy, there were times when  I wanted to quit, but it was all worth it in the end. I want to thank AmeriCorps, because it got me interested in public service and politics.

Some may wonder how AmeriCorps got me interested in politics. AmeriCorps is a government sponsored program, so it can easily be cut. People within AmeriCorps were worried about President Obama losing in 2012, because of republicans tend to cut government programs. I must admit, I was thankful that Obama won that year, because I knew he valued public service. Whether or not we like to admit it, politics play a huge role in this world. So I might as well get sucked into the world of politics and get my voice heard.