Casting My Vote
I’m not a political expert and I’m not about to pretend to be, but this year’s Presidential election just makes me sad. I felt similar in 2000; I didn’t want to vote for either Bush or Gore, choosing Harry Browne instead due to his views and promises. I knew he wasn’t going to win, but I didn’t feel that Bush or Gore were the best choices and I don’t have the right to complain if I abstain from the election. This time around, I don’t even have a Harry Browne to turn to.
There are over three hundred million people in the United States. Nearly two hundred million of them are 21 years old or over. Out of that two hundred million, there should be a fairly large number who are of the proper age to run for office, are natural-born citizens, and have the proper education and credentials. Yet, out of all those people, we are given candidate choices that are sub par at best. I was one who had faith in Obama and cast my vote in his favor in the last election, but my confidence in his abilities has wavered because he is either unable to do the job to the best of his ability due to checks and balances, or he doesn’t have the same vision he projected while campaigning. As for the other options we’re given, I have zero interest in any of them taking up residence in the White House.
When I learned about our government in school, I felt proud that our country allowed the people to make such important choices in deciding who runs what. The older I got, the less proud I became. I do appreciate the structure, but at this point in time I don’t feel that it’s working the way it was originally intended. Not due to the system being flawed (though it may be) but due to people being focused on power and influence rather than on keeping the country running like a well oiled machine. The people out there who could make major differences are outnumbered by those who have their own best interests in mind rather than those of the masses.
With as many people in this country who are qualified and able to run for President, I fail to understand why we seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel for candidates. We should be choosing between the best people available for the position, not the people who a select few groups decide is the best. We shouldn’t feel this limitation in elections, knowing that either a Republican or Democrat will win, but rather feel that any of the candidates has a fair shot at the office. We shouldn’t have good people go unheard just because they can’t pull in the money that Democrat X or Republican Y can pull in to fund campaign costs. We should be choosing our President from the best of the best, and that is not what we are doing at all.
What sickens me further are the campaign efforts to sway the public vote one way or the other. I should be hearing what Person 1 can do for this country to make it better, not why Person 2 is a lowlife and doesn’t deserve my vote. I don’t care that Person 2 got a parking ticket last year, I want to know what Person 1 is going to do about the economic state of the United States. Unfortunately, every time an election approaches, we are smothered in ads insulting the opponent, sometimes offering the opposing and better view of the person we are meant to vote for, but it is overshadowed by the trash talk. What sticks in our minds is all of the negative, not the positive things the candidate can offer, and that’s simply not right.
I want to see things fair and balanced. I want every candidate to get equal air time to state their views and address public concern. I want all parties to be treated with the same amount of importance. I want to be presented with the best this country has to offer for that office out of the many people who are qualified. I want to hear exactly what each candidate has to offer our country without hearing nonsense about other candidate’s college days that has zero relevance to their ability to run this country. I probably want the impossible. At the very least, I want an improvement. We seem to be getting worse and worse as the years go on.