Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote....even if you don't like the choice you have

I wanted to vote before work this morning but thought better of it for a few reasons...

1. I didn't want to have to take any children with me.
2. I didn't want to stand in any lines that are usually present in the first hour the polls open.
3. I was already running late thanks to Bryce's eternal pokeyness
4. I'm not 100% sure who I'm voting for.

But, I know who I'm NOT voting for: McCain or Obama

I don't really feel good about either of them. McCain doesn't suit me for a lot of reasons given I have liberal tendencies and I detest his choice for VP, but I do like the fact that he's probably the most secular candidate out there. And Obama, I just don't believe the hype. (Guess I didn't get any of that Kool-Aid, huh?) And I'm not 100% behind all of his campaign promises either.

Plus, I'm just so damn jaded by the whole political process and politicians in general these days, it doesn't feel like a choice. So I'll probably end up going 3rd party since I believe in the fact that our country needs a viable 3rd party. Everywhere else in America we have lots of choices - overwhelmed by choices even. But not in our government. Doesn't make sense to me.

So don't try to argue with me because you're not going to change my mind to vote for one of the big 2. I've voted 3rd party before so it's really not such a departure for me. At least I know who/what I'm voting for on all the other issues.

And in all honesty, being a history buff, I also realize that the choice of president isn't going to change things that drastically in our country. Promises to change government and clean up Washington are ridiculous since not even a president who has 8 years in DC can do that. It's the nature of how our government is set up and lest we forget that the president is just ONE arm of the THREE that make up our system. So yeah, I'm hoping either way that the person elected will be a figurehead that is looked on more favorably in international circles than our current POTUS. You can't get much worse than what we have now.


Anonymous said...

I'm majorly jaded too.
I never believe ANY politician or campaign promises, no matter how "cool" or "mavericky" the candidates are.

The only thing that gives me hope is checks & balances. That is the real beauty in our democracy although sometimes even that process has me feeling jaded too.


Anonymous said...

Kudos to you. :-)