I have voted in every Presidential election since 1984 with the exception of 2004. I have voted either Republican (GOP) or Democrat (DEM) with the exception of 1992 and 2000. I have campaigned for a DEM and I have hung posters for a GOP candidate. The ordinary person would find this interesting or maybe stupid. Why don’t you just vote one way? Are you a DEM or GOP? Are you a conservative or liberal?
In my totally elitist, arrogant opinion: Stupid voters vote party only and not issue. I ONLY vote issue. It’s the only thing that matters. Abortion is an issue. Taxes is an issue. Military is an issue. Welfare is an issue. Political parties will craft policies to deal with issues. So the way I see it is : which candidate is putting emphasis on the issues that are important to me?
1984 – I voted for Mondale because I perceived him to be honest with his election-killing statement about taxes. PLUS, he had the guts to put a female on the ballot with him. HONESTY was big with me, so he got my vote.
1988 – I voted for Dukakis. I campaigned for Dukakis. The issue with me was the national debt. I HATED Jesse Jackson’s upstaging and it almost drove me to the other side. But I stuck to my guns and voted DEM.
1992 – I voted for Perot. His campaign is what convinced me to only vote for candidates who have a PLAN. He had a plan, he had character. He was the choice for me.
1996 – I voted for Dole. NAFTA disgusted me. His demeanor disgusted me. He was soft and spineless in the face of the biggest terrorist acts on American soil at that time.
2000 – I voted for Harry Brown. Bush didn’t have a plan. Gore was a stooge…invented the internet…OMG….had no plan
2004 – I was out of the country and I didn’t register for early voting…I probably would have voted third party again. Kerry didn’t have a plan and Bush didn’t either.
So here we are in 2008. Neither has a plan for the issues that are important to me. Healthcare is important but neither has a plan. Obama keeps talking about how important it is, but hasn’t presented a plan. Oil prices are important to me, but neither has a plan. I am undecided and am very worried. I don’t vote AGAINST anyone, that is silly to me. I need to find something that the candidate, in fact, will do and that I agree with.
Talk to a younger guy at the gym last night. He asked me who I was going to vote for. I said, "I’m undecided. You?"
"I’m going for Obama."
"Because I believe he’s for the younger generation and we need a change"
"A change from what?"
"Aren’t we getting that anyway?"
"If McCain wins, I feel we’re just getting four more years of Bush"
He sat and thought for a moment and then just shrugged his shoulders, "I don’t know", he said.
I asked, "What is it about Obama that you like?"
"Well, I think he represents the up and coming generation" (I recognized that from what he said before and thought to myself…this man has no idea).
I told why I was still undecided and that Obama really has nothing to offer, but that McCain INFURIATES me. Not that he is four more years of Bush (don’t really know what that means exactly) but I don’t like certain things that he as done. I can’t point to anything that Obama has done that I like *or* dislike (except the fact that he didn’t vote on anything until he started campaigning and I view that as a bad thing). I could see the wheels turning in his mind and the realization that he really didn’t know why he wanted to vote for Obama. He still was going to vote for him regardless, and I understand that. I really do.
My thirteen year old daughter and I were putting together my new smoker-grill and we had a chat. I asked her who she would vote for if she were voting. She said, "oh…I don’t know. I’m leaning toward McCain."
"Why is that?" I asked.
"Well–he’s more experienced than Obama and if we get into trouble he’ll know what to do more than Obama".
"What are your friends saying?"
"Everyone is saying "Go Obama!"
"And how does that make you feel?"
"It’s OK. Everyone should have a say. I just think McCain is better. Who are you going to vote for?"
"Oh..hahahaha…you should vote for McCain, Dad."
"Really? Let me tell you why I don’t like him first…" I proceed to tell her.
"Ohhh. hmmm…" she says.
"Did that change your mind?" I ask her
"No. I still think McCain is better. We don’t know what we’re getting with Obama".
Oh, if only most adults could think like my thirteen year old daughter…not that she is voting for McCain, but that she can honestly think and assess without emotion what her choices are and without FUD clouding her judgement.