I voted yesterday. I stood in line for about 30 minutes to do it, but I did do it. I even got the little sticker saying so. And I felt really good about it too because this is the first time I’ve really voted where I felt truly informed about all the ballot measures instead of just a few. This is also the first time that I decided to look at each candidate outside of their respective parties.
Personally, I’m not fond of either party. I think both are flawed and that neither will actually take this country where it needs to go. And I feel much the same about third parties. Several of the third parties are attractive to me in some ways, but they seem to take fringe stances that are either unrealistic or unreasonable.
I don’t want to necessarily discuss who I voted for, but I will go so far as to say that I voted for around 4 Republicans, 2 Democrats, and even a Libertarian if I remember right. And I feel good about that because the people I voted for largely represent my choices and morals. For president, I did go through with my threat to write-in the person I thought would best lead this nation instead of voting for the listed candidates.
It came down to proffered choices. I didn’t like them, and I’m tired of being proffered a bushel of bad political apples. I chose a fresh voice from the fruit tree that more closely matched me and my ideals. And while the person I chose will not win this election, I’m coming to realize that winning the election isn’t the purpose of my individual vote. My vote is my voice, and I used my voice to select the person I wanted.
So come what may. McCain, Obama… I think either will do worse for the country than good, and I’m somewhat proud to say that even though my guy is going to lose, I voted my conscious.
Now I just need to get one of those bumper stickers. You know, the ones that say “Don’t blame me… I didn’t vote for him!”