Now before I go on I must clarify that, yes, I will be voting on Tuesday. In national election time it’s easy to pack the term “voting” into “presidential voting”. I’m convincing myself to stop that. So when I say I wont vote for a president, it doesn’t mean I wont vote locally and regionally. So CHILL.
A few months ago I had a conversation with a nice, older lady who happened to be a Ron Paul evangelist. I remember her telling me “Mitt Romney couldn’t be trusted,” and that he was “no different than Obama.”
Recently, I saw her again and asked about election day and what she would do. I was expecting a lament about the country’s unfair election cycle and invitation to protest.
“Well,” she replied, “Mitt’s better than who we have in there. AND he’s a businessman.” I was shocked. Where was the conviction? What happened to being an evangelist? Can Fox News really sway people that fast?
Finally it hit me; this lady wasn’t intentionally selling out her values, she was just doing what she thought was normal. I guess it makes sense to vote for Romney if you don’t like Obama, but what if you also don’t like Romney? Then it doesn’t make sense. What about a good third option? If we’re to keep in line with the high standards of checks and balances our country is known for, shouldn’t we have a legitimate third choice?
I find the primaries are similar in experience to watching Joe Carnahan’s 2011 thriller The Grey. Characters are introduced only to be eaten alive by wolves.
I’m not the first to complain about this, I’m sure I wont be the last. The Center For Responsive Politics (non-partisan based) has released a survey stating over $1 billion has been spent on the presidential election so far. That is kind of a lot to spend on T.V. commercials and door hangers.
How about a cap?
As the election draws near, and the ads become more frequent, every commercial, phone call, or door hanger is theoretically more futile than the last. Any entry level marketing class will warn about loosing a message in the noise. Economically speaking, it’s an inefficient way to spend a billion dollars.
These are the people we elect to cut the deficit.
This brings me to my last and final point. If none of my central concerns are satisfactorily being addressed, such as realistic plans to solve the debt crisis, then why would I still vote? You’re not offering to solve the issues I believe are important. Either of you.
I don’t care about gas prices. I don’t care about binders full of women. Let’s talk about things you can actually effect. Otherwise, if you have no real impact in my life, I have no need to vote for you.
I’m trying not to ramble so I will stop here. What are your reasons for voting/not voting?