Thank You

Yesterday I wrote what, in all likelihood, will be my last personal blog post about Initiative 42.

It feels good to call that library “done.”

For the last ten months or so, I have devoted a considerable amount of time and energy to exploring the various facets of the issue: the myths, the legal implications, and the unintended consequences. I know there’s still a week left to go, but since it’s all winding down, I wanted to thank you, my friends and family, for affording me the opportunity to pursue this.

One of the things I’ve learned about myself in the last few months is that we “INTP” Myers-Briggs types have a stubborn insistence on seeing all sides of an issue. We procrastinate on decisions because we want to consider all the information first. This explains why I have always had trouble fighting for political causes. Whenever there’s an argument or debate, I always try to consider the viewpoints of people on both sides, and it makes it really hard for me to take up the banner either way. I don’t consider myself Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal for that very reason.

But in 42, I found an issue I could fight for at last. The more I looked into it, the more I saw the makeup of each side, and the more I saw the stakes of victory. It was too high stakes a battle for me to ignore.  So I joined in.

At some point, I became less of a concerned citizen and more of a political operative. I’ve written 18 pieces on 42, knocked on doors, written postcards, and coordinated with others from several statewide groups to see what we can do to get this thing passed. I’m not sure it’s something I will do again- I’m not normally the political type- but it was definitely a wonderful, exciting experience I will never forget. If you’ve got the time and energy, and a wonderful, patient family like I’ve been blessed with, I recommend it once in your life. Find something you’re passionate about, and go fight for it.

Anyway, I appreciate your patience. I know my friends and family haven’t always been as excited about school funding as I have been.

Thank you, Robbie.  Thank you, Mom.  Thank you, friends and family. Thank you readers. I have grown and learned a lot.

But after November 3rd, I get to be a real person again!  And that’s exciting too!

In the next week, if you’re a Mississippi voter, I encourage you to find the truth for yourself- read up on both sides of Initiative 42. And yes, if you want to know why you should vote for 42, I’ve definitely got a lot of great information to share. One thing is for certain: If you’re reading this, don’t you dare simply sit this election out. We don’t just need you to not oppose 42- We need every vote FOR it that we can get. Thank you for engaging in one of the most robust statewide dialogues on public education we’ve had in decades. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Sincerely,
James

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