Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Why I Didn't Vote

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.


  1. Shh...I didn't vote either but don't tell anybody, okay?
    Seemed a bit of a waste of time to me, but like you, I always have before...
    We must be very much alike!
    By the way, I once took a test to see if I was Republican or Democrat, 100 being Republican, Democrat being 0. My score was 50!
    Neither side likes me!

  2. You have voiced many of my sentiments. I didn't vote in the last presidential election--the choices were pathetic!

  3. There's a great freedom in being apolitical. I too struggled in the last presidential election. Now I've given up.

  4. It's still important to vote, to cast your ballot for the lesser of two evils...evil prevails when good people do nothing.

  5. I think a lot of people feel the same way about politicians in general. I must say that, though it's absolutely nothing whatever to do with me, I'm highly unimpressed by any of the Presidential candidates and I'm glad I don't have to choose one to vote for. I do agree with the anonymous comment that if good people don't vote at all then you could end up with something REALLY bad!

  6. I voted last time and we ended up with something really bad, so I don't see how my voting will change things. Obama was elected because many people were excited about having an African-American as president. There were far more qualified ones to run, but they picked him and we've had to live with the results. I'm sure he'll be reelected though things are not going well, just because of the poor quality of the Republican candidates.

  7. That's really interesting,now a view from the other side of the pond - You think things are bad, I tell you it's no better in the UK except that we have a good head of state in the Queen. An abysmal choice for government lies ahead now the party I once favoured, the Liberal Democrats, have neutered themselves as members of a coalition with the Tories (Conservatives). I too have always voted but next time might just choose to do the same as you. What would those women who suffered to get us the vote think now?


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