Are you an Optocrat?
By Annette Hanian OD, Legislation Co-Chair
Optometrists are an ever more diverse group of individuals. Our backgrounds, lifestyles and modes of practice are all diverse. Some of us grew up in small towns. Some of us grew up in large metro-plexes. Some of us attend church or synagogue; some don't. Some of joined the military. Some of us prefer granola to meat. Some of us practice full-time; some part-time. Some of us do VT; some of us don't. Some of us are Republican, some Democrat, some Independent, some Apolitical. We are all different, but we all have one common goal: to improve the lives of our patients and promote the practice of Optometry. That makes us all Optocrats. The term Optocrat was coined to encourage Optometrists to cross their party affiliation to support good people on the opposite side of the aisle that support our causes. We need to have politicians from both parties supporting our Federal and State Bills: not Republicans, not Democrats, but Optocrats. Our diversity is good for our profession. Each one of us has a valid opinion and it needs to be voiced. Be active. Be an Optocrat.
"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
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