No, this isn’t related to the political comedy of the same title with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. If you have never heard of this sitcom, don’t look it up. It really isn’t that good. This acronym is meant to be more motivational – a lifestyle that every Millennial should follow. As I sit writing this blog I am an unemployed attorney living with my parents because I am unable to find an attorney position in this current economy. You read that right – I blame the economy. I also blame our current administration for letting our economy fall to pieces. I can say this because I have done my research. I developed the acronym ‘V.E.E.P.’ as a guideline to making an educated decision on whether you agree with the current political, legislative, or judicial rulings being made in our country. In order to understand V.E.E.P., looking to the following verbs to guide your way:
Validate. Educate. Extrapolate. Politicate.
I know what you’re thinking: “‘Politicate’ is not a word, Nikki. That is absurd. I am clicking the ‘x’ button on the top of the screen. This is obviously a joke.” You would be wrong to say that. You would be wrong to click out of this blog. Keep reading – I explain myself quite thoroughly. Let’s take these verbs one at a time.
Validate: “to check or prove the accuracy of something”
This is by far the most important step in your process of researching political, legislative, and judicial rulings. Let me repeat: this is by far the most important step in your process of researching political, legislative, and judicial rulings. Okay, now that I have made myself clear, it is important to start by validating the sources you decide to use in making your educated decision on whether to support or not support a certain issue our country is facing today. Here is a rundown of what is valid, what is not valid, and what can be valid if you make it valid:
- Westlaw or LexisNexis websites: most non-attorneys do not have access to these, though.
- Non-fiction political library books: yes, I said books – you have to learn to like to read.
- Wikipedia: Some people do not understand that this website is run by every single person in the United States. I consider Wikipedia as follows: Wikipedia is to the United States community as the Green Bay Packer’s organization is to the Green Bay, WI, community. Some football fan somewhere out there understands me.
- Your friend’s social media status: Just don’t.
- The Onion: Oh please.
Valid if You Make it Valid:
- News Media Sources: I know you may think that all news media sources are correct… they aren’t. They are only valid if you yourself do your research on the piece of news, too. They only make sense if you yourself do your research on the piece of news, too. FoxNews & CNN are NOT valid sources unless you do additional research. I don’t care if you live by the words on these news channels – it is always better to do your own research and make your own educated decisions. You will be a better Republican or a better Democrat if you do so.
Once you have validated your sources, move to the next letter in the acronym.
Educate: “to stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of”
There are many definitions of “educate” that I could have pulled off of the internet. This was my favorite. The next step after validating your sources is educating yourself on the material you find within those sources. I’m not saying you have to rely on every single article pertaining to the subject you are inquiring about – that is not even possible. Take these articles and learn as much of the information as you can about the subject you are researching. Take notes, write in the margins, get excited about the subject. Okay, the last part is going a bit too far. However, by the end of this acronym you will get excited about a piece of the political, judicial or legislative pie because you researched it to the best of your ability. After you have educated yourself with this information, move onto the next letter in the acronym.
Extrapolate: “to form an opinion or to make an estimate about something from known facts”
After all of the reading, you must extrapolate upon such information. Form an opinion. Make estimations on where you believe that legislation/policy/judicial decision to be going in the near future. This provides for your best educated opinion on a political matter – something that you yourself has come up with and no one else has interfered with your judgment. You have an opinion now. Congratulations. After you extrapolate, move onto the next letter in the acronym.
Politicate: “to answer questions in ways that politicians and political leaders do”
Now, I am not saying that politicians or political leaders are the BEST people to look up to when spreading (or politicating) your validated, educated and extrapolated knowledge. In fact, I quite enjoy Urban Dictionary’s definition of politicate: “to answer a question in an evasive, roundabout way – the way that politicians do.” Politicians do not always answer questions. More precisely, politicians are spreading their (hopefully) validated, educated, and extrapolated knowledge of the law by way of creating bills and signing legislation to become law. Think of yourself as a mini-politician. You may not ever want to become a politician or even think that you could do so. However, you do have a voice and you should be heard. At this point, if you have followed my acronym completely, you have a validated, educated and extrapolated voice – no matter your overall opinion. Whether Republican or Democrat, you have a voice all your own and you are ready to use it.
Remember: Validate. Educate. Extrapolate. Politicate.
I welcome you to the world of politics. I welcome your voice and I cannot wait to hear it agree or disagree with my beliefs and opinions on this blog. Thanks for reading and I hope to hear more from you all in the very near future.
– Nikki, beingpoliticatelycorrect [find me on twitter: @nikkimccain]