I am a woman who grew up in the south hearing that the Democrats were for the working man and the poor, and that the Republicans were for the rich. I have voted Democrat and Republican, and I have been an informed voter and an uninformed voter.
I married young, had 2 children in my early 20’s, and divorced. After divorcing, I had another child while unmarried, 5 years later married the father of my third child, and we have since had another child.
I have worked in a factory, and I have attended college. I have worked part-time, full-time, been laid-off, been unemployed, drawn unemployment, and been unable to draw unemployment. I have been in the union and paid union dues. I have been enrolled in Tenncare (Tennessee’s Medicaid program), had private insurance, and had no insurance. I have had daycare paid for at times, and not qualified to have it paid for during other times. My kids have received free and reduced lunches at school, and I have had to pay for their lunch. I have received food stamps and WIC, and I have done without cable, phones, and cell phones. I have struggled with rent, car insurance, and electric bills.
My point is simply that I consider myself to be an educated, independent, middle-class woman, and I want to chronicle my struggle to uncover the truth from the muck.
I no longer trust the media to tell the truth. Where is the objectivity in the media? Where do I go for real news? Who do I trust to give me the real scoop? Since I was raised to believe in myself, then I will do my own research and make my own mind based on my own research.
How difficult can it be to do my own research?