Are You In?

September 6, 2012

It’s unfortunate our government continues to approve oil drilling in the arctic. Our planet has but only so many resources to share and someday billions of earthlings may be left standing on a bare planet wondering where it all went? But, I get it. The US still continues to use more oil than any other nation in the world therefore the demand calls for more supply. I don’t blame the man I voted for 4 years ago.

 

Despite the oil drilling, mountaintop removal for coal, fracking for natural gas, and building of more nuclear power plants, the Obama administration has put more money into green technologies than any other president in US history. It takes a long time to turn a battleship around, and that process has already begun with Obama at the helm.

 

To help reduce demand, I power my home with solar energy and drive my tours with renewable biodiesel in the buses and trucks. I also Vote for Obama.

 

The Obama Vote also supports same-sex marriage, a seemingly small but planet-shifting vote for the greater good of all humanity. It also says you want better student loan options which will make it easier for anyone to get an education and have a life after. And the Obama Vote lets women choose how they treat their own bodies.

 

Let us also fear not the economy which was hurting when the President stepped into office and is now slowly starting to rise again. The economy is after all a monetary game we play with each other and nations abroad. Money, which is made-up, a complex and digitized system of trust, of which only 3% in the world is actually cash, is unfortunately a means for survival for many, but it does not make the quality of our lives better. Trust me, I’m a millionaire, and one who will happily pay more taxes to level the field. In fact, giving my money away has brought me much more pleasure than in the earning of it.

 

J. R. R. Tolkien writes, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

 

I’ve voted democratic since I was 18 and will likely continue to do so. I think this is a great country when we act as a community and pool our strengths. Humanity was meant to work together, move forward and evolve into beings greater than money and material possessions, and this election will help us get there.

 

Are you in?

Register to Vote.

 

COMMENTS (22)
  • Avatar of Moniroca
    Moniroca said ...

    “Trust me, I’m a millionaire, and one who will happily pay more taxes to level the field. ”

    Graaaannnnn!!!!! :*

  • Avatar of chickinthered
    chickinthered said ...

    Jason, Jason, Jason. . .I’ve always thought of you as a unique thinker, but this post just sounds like someone towing the party line and trying too hard to be pc. You’re so willing to stand up for preservation of natural resources (and I appreciate that you act on your beliefs), yet you reduce the issue of preservation of a human life to women deciding “how to treat their own bodies.” Ugh. How can we ever expect humanity to love and care for this planet when we are afraid to promote the love and protection of our own offspring (our chance to be involved in creation!!)?!
    I choose gratitude. I choose love. I choose compassion. I choose life.

  • Avatar of bethann0330
    bethann0330 said ...

    Obama! And if anyone would like to take it to the next level, you can do so every single day. “Each dollar you spend or choose not to spend is a vote for the kind of world you want to see.” -www.nonviolenceunited.org

    Check out more at http://www.alifeconnected.org

    All one,
    Beth Ann

  • Avatar of Krobin85
    Krobin85 said ...

    I agree with everything you said!!! The young people especially on college campuses, are indoctrinated that big government is the way to help struggling Americans, and it is so so so, frustrating, that they haven’t researched our governments economic history and compared it to other governments that have failed. Good people make decisions at their kitchen table or at organization meetings, or at there churches to help struggling people, that was our Heavenly Fathers plan, it is not the governments responsibility to impose or mandate that people HAVE to!

    Foundations such as Jason’s do wonderful things to help, I am so on board! Wings adorned with precious jewels await Jason in Heaven!!!!!! What wonderful wonderful. Guy!!!!!

  • Avatar of josielynn
    josielynn said ...

    Jason you just keep on keepin on with your oh so goood self :)

  • Avatar of beccat3
    beccat3 said ...

    The Hobbit :)
    Also please don’t forget Teddy Roosevelt and everything he did for the environment; one of my top five favorite presidents.

  • Avatar of jc6
    jc6 said ...

    Dear Mr. Mraz,

    Today was the first time I came to explore your site. I became a Jason Mraz fan this summer, and wanted to see what you’re all about. I really enjoy your music. I respect your opinions, but don’t agree with you on all of them. Because you left an opportunity for me to comment, I couldn’t resist. ;)

    I have to say, it makes me laugh when I hear people state that they are millionaires, and in the same breath state that the economy is getting better. I don’t care what statistics or numbers the media spits out, most people I know wouldn’t agree. I would love to know when the last time any politician (Republican or Democrat) has filled up a cart at the grocery store, or filled up their own gas tank.

    I am a teacher, but I’m also conservative (notice I didn’t use the word Republican — I vote for the person whom I believe will best represent me; whether it be a Republican or Democrat). I became an elementary school teacher knowing full well that I wouldn’t become rich or famous. I don’t believe people should run to the government when things get tough for them personally. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am. I graduated high school in 1995. I went to a community college and a Cal State school. I received my teaching credential in 2001, and a Master’s degree in 2002. It took seven years, and thousands of dollars, to finish my education. My husband (who is also a teacher) and I each received student loans. Some of those will take us years to pay off. Why do I tell you all of this? I tell you because these are the personal choices that I have made. I also made the choice to have 4 children, although part of that was me continually trying for a little girl. :) (I have 4 boys). I pay a lot of money each month to send my children to daycare. I made the choice to have the children, so I should be responsible for paying for them.

    Is it hard for us to get by? Yes. Do we live month to month? Yes. Are we able to save much money right now for the future? No. Do I expect the government or tax payers to help me out? No. I don’t think that bigger government is ever the answer. I don’t want anyone with any amount of money to have to pay more money for the choices of others.

    What’s great about this country? Our freedoms: Freedom to make our own choices without the government forcing us to do something, or purchase something. Freedom to have a difference of opinion. I know people who claim to be liberal and want peace and love, but when someone disagrees with them they turn to hate. I’ve heard people tell me how they’ve destroyed signs in people’s yards because it disagreed with their own political views. I’ve seen a post from someone saying the political sticker on someone’s car made her want to key that person’s car.

    I teach my students , and my own children, the importance of character, integrity, and striving/working hard to achieve your best. They also learn about personal responsibilities, and that there are rewards/consequences (not handouts) for your actions. I also find it important that people learn to make their own decisions, and not do something just to follow what those who have a bigger voice are doing. I see this with adults all the time.

    You have obviously worked hard to get to be where you are now. You have an amazing talent and you deserve all that you have. I don’t expect you to give up any more of your money to help me out. Just as I don’t want to give up anymore of my hard earned money to the woman in front of me at the grocery store ‘buying’ her groceries with her government subsidy. Did I know her story? No. But what I do know is what I saw. She had fake, manicured nails, and was playing with her smartphone; something I dnn’t have because it’s hard to afford it.

    I looked through all of the foundations that you are working with. You are using your money and your fame for good. You are a humanitarian, and for that I give you praise. I do agree with your post on picking up after yourself at theaters and concerts. That’s a lack of personal responsibility, and the attitude that someone else will do it. My big one is shopping carts. Why can’t people put the shopping carts in the designated spots so that people can park correctly and not get their car scratched?! ;) You’d be happy to know that I have my class pick up trash each day around the school. They love it, and they always manage to find more than I think they will.

    So, I obviously don’t agree with you on some things, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop listening to your music. I really like your sound. When signing up I had to list my favorite lyric. The first time I heard “I Won’t Give Up” the line that got me the most was “…how old is your soul?” I’ve always thought of myself as an ‘old soul’ and that line sticks with me.

    I’ve watched some interviews of you online, and my favorite is the one of you with Neil Patrick Harris. It was fun to watch the more humorous side of you. I also read somewhere that you have an avocado farm. That’s awesome. Who doesn’t love a perfectly ripe avocado? :)

    Thank you for your time, your music, and for being a good person.

    Jennifer

  • Avatar of GoodGoodMusic
    GoodGoodMusic said ...

    Is “Gazillionaire” an actual word? What comes after that? I love Massachusetts they always make me laugh about money.

  • Avatar of EvaHassine
    EvaHassine said ...

    We all need Obama, the whole world needs the movement Obama is directing the US.

    I am ready to go to Israel to visit my dear family and again my personal happiness depends on the word of the US. And puu I am happy they send out these safty words that they would not support action of Israel against Iran. It’s heavy stuff but please be aware that you vote for more than americans.
    You vote for peace and equality worldwide, because there are quite a few more powerful men who would kill if not such power like the US said no.

    The mayor of Berlin is gay and he rules the city since a long time. I so much send out an open heart !!

    Jason + band : have a beautiful time , can’t wait see you sing and play in Berlin, big thank you , Eva

  • Avatar of Krobin85
    Krobin85 said ...

    Does Jason love pot? He seems to intelligent and well put together, to still be doing that stuff!

  • Avatar of Krobin85
    Krobin85 said ...

    Correction….. It’s every American Citizens responsibility to vote! All political parties are responsible for the mess the US is in economically, and all voters need to be INFORMED voters! :)

  • Avatar of mrazfan1031
    mrazfan1031 said ...

    I’m in.

  • Avatar of Telluselle
    Telluselle said ...

    It puzzles me that people with money always can make more money with very little effort, while the greatest struggles are with those who don’t even have a solid foundation of needs met. And then I wonder how much goes to waste, in terms of human creativity, intelligence, skills and innovation just because all efforts go to surviving instead of creating. I think the most important issue mankind should prioritize is getting the whole world’s population, starting in the local community, well fed. Less things, more values.

    It’s every democratic citizen’s responsibility to vote. It shouldn’t even be questioned and the registration should be automatic at everyone’s 18th birthday (like in Sweden where the turnout is about 90%, incarcerated inmates included). People who don’t vote, should not be allowed to complain either. But, politics in general often turn into games and agendas and suddenly the people they represent are put in the shadow. Therefor, direct democracy through the written word like this is going to become even more important. Here is some inspiration from a world wide meeting about it: http://www.tallbergfoundation.org/

    Aloha,
    /Alexandra

  • Avatar of Peaceout
    Peaceout said ...

    In, in, in, in, in! Well stated and great example. Hooray for changing ethics and the willingness to stand up for truth. That is the benefit of this whole experience- we are gaining in humanity as move forward. Creates for happy Americans and a happier world. Let’s win!

  • Avatar of Krobin85
    Krobin85 said ...

    Be open minded and dig deeper on this topic, it’s very complex, but our Heavenly Father, has lovingly provided for all our needs by creating this world with all the resources we need to survive. Do the research guys, there is more oil on this continent than we will ever use, and we need to use it and stop depending on oil from regions that hate us and want to distroy us. having said that, I so agree that we should be wise and conserve and use alternative. :) )

  • Avatar of GloriousMe
    GloriousMe said ...

    I’m in. I’ve been in since I was 18 too.

  • Avatar of ginoactivo
    ginoactivo said ...

    Jason!

    I’m from South America and i can’t watch your videos most of the time, cause some American tv shows have the rights only for the USA.

    Please come to South America on a tour. PLEASE! It would be so much great!

    We’ll be waiting for you.

    Gino.
    Viña del Mar. Chile

  • Avatar of pammy1329
    pammy1329 said ...

    sir, i applaud your efforts and example. I agree with everything said above. An issue I wish you were more vocal about is immigration. I believe Obama is listening to and answering the plea of millions who live in this country and are often voiceless. He is giving them a voice. Beyond countries and borders, we are all citizens of this world. He recognizes that and has made small steps that ensure the humane treatment of these indentured servants of them modern world. Thank you for constantly bringing these issues to my attention and for continuing to fight for what’s right. My brother, his husband, my Mormon grandma and I are all big fans. xo

  • Avatar of lovetheworld94

    All the more reason to love Jason Mraz :) In all seriousness, Jason, could you come to NAU? We’re completely green and environmental and I know you’ve been here before, but I would love to see you here. I think the message of your love, your love of the world, and your love of pot would certainly fit in, haha. I know you’ll be in Phoenix on October 2nd, is there any way you could stop by? Pretty please with all the chocolate and cherries on top?

  • Agreed on all points.

    Also, if you haven’t seen it already, there’s a really interesting documentary called “Leveling Appalachia” on the mountaintop removal mining: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/leveling_appalachia_the_legacy_of_mountaintop_removal_mining/2198/

    It’s eye-opening. It makes one realize just how much money talks in this country, and how much needs to be changed for the good of humanity. These big corporations suck the resources dry in these communities, leaving the people there without the basic things they need to live– clean water.

    As far as the economics at home, I am one of the lucky ones in that I’m entering a career with job opportunities. I also have clean water to drink (as far as I know). Still, I cringe at my student debt, am thankful for the options, and am very aware that the only reason I have health insurance right now is because of Obama’s new policy. I fret about how my generation will ever break through and live the lives we are meant to live without being confined to our parents’ basements, and if ever anybody had a plan that makes sense, it’s Obama.

    You are doing such great things, on a smaller scale by being so conscious of your environmental footprint, and globally by using the resources you have to give and spread awareness. Thank you.

  • Avatar of bsherman11
    bsherman11 said ...

    I respect Jason’s views on these issues which are not trivial in the least. But there are other highly critical issues in which Democrats and Republicans have virtually no disagreement – on the expansion of war, the normalization of domestic surveillance, the granting of slap on the wrist accountability for the biggest corporate lawbreakers, the expansion of imprisonment for low level offenders, the ceding of control of our food supply to giant chemical companies, to name a few. The Democrats and Republicans are equally entrenched in a symbiotic relationship with the big banks and largest corporations, and it is sucking this country dry, economically and morally. We need a fundamental change in our political system that, among other things, gives other parties an equal voice in the campaigns and debates, so that the establishment consensus can be challenged. But mainly we need people to stand up and challenge the unethical, un-compassionate behavior that has become the norm for this country’s government.

  • Avatar of lovePEAR
    lovePEAR said ...

    To a Merrier world :) )

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