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Wasting My Vote November 3, 2008

Filed under: Politics — katieosborne @ 5:09 pm
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My mom and I have had quite a few political conversations over the last couple months. She is a typical Christian Republican who holds O’Reilly, Hannity, Michael Medved, and most of the other talk radio guys in high regard and thinks the Democrats are pretty much evil while the Republicans are our best hope for saving our country. Interestingly, she says that she believes in things like limited government and protecting our liberties, yet there is quite a discrepancy between these ideals and the agendas of the politicians she chooses to support.

So, we disagree. I don’t see a great deal of difference between the establishment parties. Neither of them upholds the principles that I believe are important. Neither has any interest in fighting for the issues that I hold dear. Both support socialism, the government machine, killing innocents, the federal reserve, and many other things that I am firmly opposed to. Neither has a clue about economics and they don’t know the first thing about what is necessary to guide us through the current recession/depression as painlessly as possible. They both have and will continue to make the situation worse. They are both clueless as to what to do about Social Security and Medicare, and that is totally unacceptable seeing as how those programs are going to completely ruin us a few short years from now. In my opinion, they are both completely unqualified.

I am most frustrated by my mom’s insistence that by voting for a third party candidate, I am “”wasting my vote” and helping the evil Obama win. My parents don’t really care for McCain, but they’re holding their noses like many this election. Mom argues that it is much better to vote for the “lesser of two evils” in order to avoid greater evil. But should we be voting for evil at all? Certainly not, and I can confidently argue that many of the things McCain stands for are clearly evil. And how can we even say for sure which candidate will do more, or less, evil? It’s certainly less than apparent to me. They are both dangerous and will do further damage to our quickly deteriorating country.

I choose to vote for a principled candidate who does more than pay lip service to the things that I care about and actually takes seriously the oath to uphold and protect the constitution. I am well aware that my candidate has no hope of winning. But is it not better to vote your conscience, to in some small way voice your disapproval of the establishment and your approval of a moral and visionary candidate, than to go along with the herd simply for fear of the other candidate or a vague hope that this time will be different, despite the fact that it’s never different with the Republocrats. Doing the same thing over and over is not going to yield different results. Putting the same types of politicians in office time and time again is not going to bring the change we need to lift our country out of the toilet.

We are so accepting of the status quo. Why for instance, in this huge country of great diversity, are there only two “major parties”? Two quite similar choices? Of course it is orchestrated that way by the government and media. They are the approved parties who hold philosophies acceptable to the government. But no one questions this. Most people probably couldn’t name two of the four third party candidates running this year. They are non-candidates. They don’t matter because the government and media tell us they don’t matter. Never mind what they believe and how their ideas might benefit us. No one wonders why the other candidates aren’t allowed into the presidential debates. One just has to consider how our elections might yield a completely different outcome if we stopped relying so heavily on political labels and we started listening to all the candidates equally and determined who was most fit to lead based on the substance of their actual beliefs.

So anyway, I’ll be wasting my vote tomorrow. How about you?

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One Response to “Wasting My Vote”

  1. Marieke Says:

    Even though I’m criticizing this country all the time, I think way too little about the fact that there actually is only 2 choices. It’s weird. It’s either one or the other, without a middle. I love the sentence […] Why for instance, in this huge country of great diversity, are there only two “major parties”? Two quite similar choices? Of course it is orchestrated that way by the government and media. They are the approved parties who hold philosophies acceptable to the government. But no one questions this. Most people probably couldn’t name two of the four third party candidates running this year. They are non-candidates. They don’t matter because the government and media tell us they don’t matter. Never mind what they believe and how their ideas might benefit us. […]

    And I keep on wondering, WHY is no one pissed off by that?


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