Yesterday for the first time in my adult life I did not vote in the primary election. I've always voted, I thought it was important. Though my political views have wavered back and forth through the years, I've voted for everyone from Jimmy Carter to George Bush, but the 2008 election did me in. I was in a Republican phase, but who did they give me to vote for? John McCain, and worse, far worse, Sarah Palin. I stood in the voting booth, almost wrote in Hillary Clinton, with whom I have many differences, whose intelligence I respect, choked, and voted Republican. It made me sick. I swore I would never again vote for someone I didn't truly respect and want for President. I've finally given up on both parties, I have no idea what their agendas are except to thwart the other party. The parties are ruled by their extremes and the folks in the middle who believe in compromise and cooperation are left out in the cold. We have no say in who's nominated. Does this mean I'm a Libertarian and back Ron Paul? NO!!!!!!
I guess I'm an Independent. I will not be voting Republican, I don't think any of their candidates is up to the job. I won't vote Democrat, Obama was too inexperienced for the job when he was elected and he hasn't learned a lot since then. I'm sure he'll be reelected, I'm sure the mess that passes for Congress will continue doing nothing and life for the younger generations is going to get worse. That's too bad, but I've done my civic duty for many years and I don't want to be a party to all this any more.
I will not talk politics again.