So, first reason to be cheerful...perhaps...
'Civic engagement is on the rise'.
What about ? Toilet gender issues ?
[ I found the reasonstobecheerful site after a google about prisons and rehabilitation, another thread. ]
I had another look to see if there were any other reasons to be cheerful, as a way to counterbalance a lot of recent hate-filled politics.
Of course, I still have politics on my mind, so my eye was drawn to this article. The writer is nonpartisan whose wish is to increase voters' knowledge about all candidates and to encourage voting with this in mind. It seems like a good idea - but how effective is it ?
https://www.reasonstobecheerful.world/a ... n-8th-2018During the 2016 presidential election, I went to Charlotte, North Carolina to do some get out the vote work. Granted, I could afford to do this on my own dime, and not everyone can go to a swing state. I determined that my work had to be nonpartisan. I wanted to help folks commit to voting and also to know a little bit about the records of the candidates who were running.
Charlotte is where the toilet gender issue blew up—I was not there because of that.
What’s interesting is how much weight and importance those cultural and social issues have for people. People will vote against their own best interests if they agree with a candidate on toilets, abortion, gay rights or prayer in schools, for example.
I carefully avoided engaging on those issues, mostly I just wanted folks to inform themselves and vote.