I will not tell you how to cast your vote because: 1) I don’t know who I’m voting for, and 2) Why in the world should you care which candidate gets my vote?
Honestly, if you knew who I was voting for – if I knew for whom I was voting – would it make a difference? Would you change your mind? Would you quickly look at the person next to you and yell “OMG Brenda’s voting for Thus-and-so, I’ve got to do the same!!”
If you said yes, you are in far worse shape.
Right now – pre-Monday night Presidential debate – I have no idea who I will support. There’s just too much I hate about each major party candidate. I’m independent, I’ve voted Republican and Democrat. I’ve voted conservative and liberal. It may sound like I can’t make up my mind, but quite honestly I just don’t believe one party always has the right answers.
This year is incredibly difficult. It seems uglier than I ever remember. Even people I strongly respect are falling into the love one/despise the other trap.
She’s perfect – he’s an idiot.
He will save us – she’s a criminal.
I have a hard time resigning myself to a vote for the lesser of two evils. And I don’t want to cast my vote for someone as a vote “against” the other.
Third party candidates are a consideration. I’ve heard all the arguments. If I vote for a third party I’m just pulling votes from the major party candidates. Although to that I say: So what, isn’t that the point?
The real question is can a third party garner enough votes to win?
I believe the answer to that is no. So if I vote third party, and watch my candidate lose, do I still consider my vote a success? Have I sent a message to Washington? Doubt it.
Washington doesn’t seem to be listening to anything being said by regular folks like me. If they were, the budget would be balanced, social programs would be fully-funded and there would be a unicorn in every garage.
It’s hard to remember a presidential election that has been so volatile, so filled with anger and contempt. While I’ve read that many scholars consider the Andrew Jackson/John Quincy Adams contest of 1828 to be the most despicable, at least they didn’t have social media.
Every day we get daily doses of our friends’ feelings, usually hated for one or passion for another in and among the pictures of kitties and puppies.
I’ll watch the debate tonight and hopefully learn something new. Maybe I’ll hate one less than the other or become a firm third party voter. Who knows.
A friend recently posted: “I wish this presidential election would be over so I could like people again.”
I could not agree more.