Today's Know ThySelf conversation topic is: "Why do people put so much trust in elected officials?"

Some of us adults blindly put our livelihoods in the hands of our political representatives. We don't even bother researching or questioning their agendas or policies.

Meet one 12-year-old boy, inspired by the ailing health of his little sister, who gives us all something to think about before going to the polls this November. 

Jackson Ripley

The following letter addressed to Mitt Romney, posted on the Huffington Post website, was written by 12-year-old Jackson Ripley after watching political news coverage with his mom about pre-existing health care.

Dear Governor Romney,
I’d like to say congratulations on winning the republican nomination. But, I wish you stayed in Massachusetts. You’re plan for America isn’t what we need, and would hurt us more than it would help.

First, repealing Obama care and other health plans he’s put in place have helped families across America, including mine. I live in a middle class family, and two years ago my little sister; Kennedy was denied insurance because of her pre-existing condition. This was a huge emotional stress and financial burden on my entire family. Under Obama Care, insurance companies can no longer deny Kennedy and kids like her, the coverage they need and deserve.

Because of Obama care my little sister was able to have the several surgeries she needed that helped save her life. Once the President was elected he put Obama Care into action, just like he promised and made it so that you could get insurance with pre-existing conditions. This has made a direct impact on my family. My family is with out a doubt better off now, than we were four years ago!


 It is to my understanding that you stated that you were going to repeal Obama Care, including the part I have mentioned, which will take away the insurance we have and need for my sister Kennedy. Why do you think she doesn’t deserve health care? Also, when you were interviewed on “Meet the Press”, you stated that you would NOT repeal this part of Obama Care, but then your campaign backpedalled and on the “Tonight show with Jay Leno”, you said that you WOULD repeal this.

Also, you’re domestic plans (birth control, gay rights etc.) are horrible! Women should get to manage their own health, and if you wonder why you’re not appealing to many women voters, rethink your birth control and women’s’ rights plans. And people should be able to marry whom they want. We built this country so people could have freedom, and not have religious beliefs control them to that length. This country was in no way built on any religion, so we should not create laws that repress the American people in a religious way and hurt our most vulnerable.

Jackson Ripley, age 12


I am the type of person to believe half of what I hear in political sound bites and am a firm believer that there are many subjects that the powers that be are lying to us about.

The biggest lie is that we are alone in this Universe. I KNOW our Galactic family is here to help us with Ascension that is set to take place in December 2012. Do You?