Cast That Ballot!

I think I’m more excited about voting than I am for my birthday. *laughter* Okay not that’s not actually possible. Next Tuesday I’ll be going to the polls for the first time with my voter registration card and me Claire will be utilizing my rights as an American citizen (Are you proud of me Mrs. Carrig?!)

Last fall, during that heated presidential debate, I was utterly disappointed and angry that my mid-November birthday meant that I would be missing partaking in Election Day by two weeks, thus waiting another year to vote. I was still pleased with the outcomes, so that’s okay. I have this year at least!


Aw look I’m so nice to me that I sent myself a card in the mail to make sure I don’t forget to vote for Terry McAuliffe! Random guys at VCU have been passing out the voter registrations and reminder cards like that one since Welcome Week, which was nice/convenient but also really annoying at the same time when you’re trying to get to class but ever other person wants to yell at you to do something you did three weeks ago. I did notice that all of these voter mobilizers were Democrats. (Just saying.)

I could sit here and tell you why I’m liberal and voting for Terry but he didn’t sponsor my website, so I figure you are who you are and I’m VCU and will respect that. (Shout out VCU and my many fellow democrats!) But I do want to encourage you to vote. If you’re doing that absentee vote then I don’t really know how to help you out with that but anyone else living at home PLEASE VOTE. At the last Young Democrat’s meeting I attended, one of the women running for delegates mentioned that people will vote for president and be like “hey I got my guy in power, hip hip hooray no worries everything I want will happen”. That’s awesome and all, but then they don’t vote for governor, delegates, the local people who’re more influential, and then they get their cranky pants on when things they don’t like happen (i.e. transvaginal ultrasounds). Also, those poor starving children in Africa don’t get to vote and it’s shame if you don’t utilize your constitutional right they don’t have.

So I don’t care who you for vote for next Tuesday, (Okay maybe a little interested) but as long as you vote ROCK ON! Hey, vote for Sarvis if you want! He seems like a cool cat. Go for Terry if you love birth control and abortions, gay people and free healthcare!! Or vote for Cuccinelli if you’re about that life.

Sorry guys. It’s hard trying to be not biased. Next time I’ll try to be more objective and talk about something boring like science or whatever. (Also, McAuliffe is a fellow liberal Catholic so excuse me as I go prance around in happiness that there’s more of us in this world). Moral of the story: voting helps you help yourself. You pick your government. Imagine what would happen if the English got to pick their ruler and didn’t end up with Henry VIII and the Anglican Reformation never took place? Exactly. The whole world would be screwed up and we’d have no Episcopalians, nor great story to tell about Henry’s six wives. And his daughter Elizabeth I’s son wouldn’t end up as King James who sent the English to Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in America, which later became our owncountry so we can vote for our rulers. So we have Henry VIII to thank for us being voters.


Liberal Catholics Unite!

Let’s begin this post with some family history. My mother grew up in a conservative family as well as during the liberalizing sixties and seventies. Like the little hippies they were/are, she and her siblings protested and found themselves liberal. My father, a big hippie from a conservative family, became a libertarian. His family is still very conservative. They never pressured my brother and me to feel one way or pour facts and figures of why a leader was good/bad. James and I made our own decisions, and we are both proudly liberal (woah I betcha couldn’t guess that).

Catholic school, however, if you didn’t know, is majority conservative. Eighth grade at St. Edward’s, I remember more support for my main man Obama, but that might have been because he was so new and hype (or maybe they were just really cool people). We cheered when he won. But then I came to Saint Gertrude and it was like death glares to anyone who would speak of the president in a good light (Paige didn’t mind, however). I met a few other liberals, and we clung to each other like the world depended on it. But most of those liberals were Protestant, and the number of other liberal Catholics was so much smaller, and they’re still hard to find here (maybe I should check out Catholic Campus Ministry). 

As the lazy liberals we are, we never go to church (Honestly, I can count the number of masses outside of school I’ve been to in the past few years on both hands). School taught me to always go to Church, and I tried to hide the fact that I didn’t attend weekly masses like my peers as a little kid. It wasn’t until I was older and understood why-we don’t agree with the Church on a number of platforms, gay rights, pro-choice, etc. The traditionalism of the Church didn’t feel right to us, but we do good deeds, love everyone, while believing in and praising Jesus Christ in our lives. 

Enter Pope Francis (add a holy “ahhhh” from a choir). In case you didn’t know about Catholic’s newest sweetheart, he chooses to not live in the papal suite, follows the simple life, and preaches about an inclusive Church, open to us all. He’s a living reminder of St. Francis of Assisi, who I have a special affection for since he was a friend of St. Clare and I did my saint report on her in first grade. 

So, have you heard what he said? About gay rights, abortion, and contraceptives? The Church is too obsessed and if they don’t lay off, things will tumble “like a house of cards”. 

 This man is going to bring us to the twenty-first century. Finally, a pope on the left side! May I add that the Church teaches that the pope is infallible? That means, because he holds such a divine position, he cannot make any mistakes. (What about past popes who said otherwise?)

I’m so excited to see what else this humble man has to offer. He and I think similarly, so I’m excited that someone else Catholic agrees with me. We may never find out why Pope Benedict left the papacy, but I believe that things happen for a reason, and now we have Francis. I’ve heard that many Catholics thought the Church was out of touch with society, and Francis will bring it back. Now, if you excuse me, I’m going to go sit at my mailbox and wait for the next Catholic Virginian to see what that typically conservative newsletter has to say about my new best friend. 

“If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and is of good will, who I am to judge him?” – Pope Francis

The HIPAA in the Room

Get it? Not an elephant nor hippo, a HIPAA. 

HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This pretty much means that we, the pharmacy, are going to protect you at all costs. We won’t let the whole store know what meds are getting filled, will properly dispose of old bottles so no one can get your information, etc. The pharmacy required all employees to take an online course and test about HIPAA, and I only wished that they had done this sooner. (I hadn’t even heard of HIPAA until my second week on my job). 

I really care about my customers, I even have my favorites and that brings me to the hippo in the room: Obamacare. As we all probably know, ACA (Affordable Healthcare Act, Obamacare’s real name) is coming out soon. (Thanks VCU for the info in the Stall Street Journal in all the bathrooms-we all need to be informed!) Universal healthcare is going to be a good thing, so many people need help. I feel bad for the customers when they don’t have insurance or their insanely priced medication isn’t covered and the cash price is $250. I don’t want this to be a political blog, but I don’t understand what’s wrong with everyone having health insurance (and if you don’t want it, you don’t have to have it). Some people can’t afford the prescriptions they need without insurance, but the only insurance they can get is Medicaid or Medicare.

You know me, I care for the well being of us all, I just hope one day I won’t have to hand over another ‘script that costs $2k to a customer and they just give it back. Things don’t have to free here, but affordable would be nice. We all can’t be engineers or doctors, able to cough up a couple hundred for medications (Or anything else).

I’ll just end this here, moral of the story is nobody is going to die with universal healthcare and your pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and cashiers like me will keep you safe and sound (once you get your drugs). XOXO