Thursday October 30, 2008

Does Your Vote Count?

A friend once told me a disturbingly educational story:

He grew up and went to college in a predominately liberal state. But that state consistently elected a Republican governor, etc. It wasn't for lack of trying. The liberal majority tried too hard.

While most of the "other side" voted for the Republican candidate, the majority of the voters split their votes: Democratic, Libertarian, Independent, Green, Pink, and Purple... A simple majority decided the winner. And the real majority lost every time.

More recently, I heard someone say "I know Barack Obama will win, but I'm voting for the Independent candidate. I don't like the 2-party system.". I'm annoyed and unhappy with this person. As far as I'm concerned, she might as well write in the name of the family dog... or her own name.

I don't "know" who will win. That won't be known until Nov. 5. I do know who I want, fervently, to win. I also know who I want (fervently!) to lose.

This isn't about "exercising your right to vote". This is about voting wisely and with thought to the future. If you wish you were voting for Hillary (as I've heard many people saying), ask yourself this: Who would Hillary vote for? I think I can guarantee you that she's not writing in her own name! She's too smart for that. Hillary will vote for a winner.

I don't like the 2-party system myself. But I'm practical enough to understand that we're not going to put an Independent or a Green candidate into the White House, not this year. If you want to work on changing the 2-party system, start at your local level. I wish you all the best.

The reality of the presidential election this year is that one of two candidates will win. Every other name is just taking up space on the ballot.

I hope you can choose between "YES!" and "no". Or, choose between "not bad" and "No, No, a Thousand Times No!". But either way, it shouldn't be difficult to choose one over the other. The two men (and their running mates) are not equal; they're not even similar. Which one speaks to your hopes for the next 4 years? Which one is less desirable?

Don't vote race. Don't vote gender. Don't vote "just like me". (Would you really make a good president??)

Look beyond the surface to what these men say about themselves. Look at their actions of the past month. One of two men will run the country for the next four years. Which one is the better choice?

Please vote. And please make sure your vote counts.

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