Welcome to Election season. The time of year when logic, intelligence and honesty are replaced by rhetoric, pandering and spin. It has been going on for a few months now, but here we are in the home stretch and the ads from both sides of the aisle are… well… annoying.
Listening to the overwhelming avalanche of Conservative ads against President Obama, you would be led to believe that he is the worst possible thing for this country. Maybe I am naive, but I have a hard time believing that anyone taking the oath of office of President of the United States is striving for it’s ultimate downfall. After all, we did survive the incredible mess that was the George W. Bush administration. Conversely, while I do not believe Mitt Romney’s approach will help strengthen America, I don’t believe he will destroy it, either, even though the Democrats have enlisted Big Bird to convince us otherwise.
So, where is the logic, the intelligence and the honesty? It’s at your fingertips. It is the duty of every voter to be well-informed. Do you believe that the two major parties are corrupt and untrustworthy? There are candidates of other parties who might hew closer to your values. And votes for them are NOT throw away votes. The only throw away votes are those who hold their nose and vote for the lesser of two evils, or refuse to vote at all. Because a non-vote is a vote. It is a vote for apathy. And if we continue to remain apathetic, then we get the candidates we deserve: career politicians with little connection to what most citizens deal with every day.
You want to change the country? Find a candidate in which you believe, and vote for that candidate. Maybe they win. Maybe they won’t. But if we can move one another to vote for the things important to us, we can make a real change.