Yep, It’s that time of year again. The time when American’s come together and fling mud at people who don’t agree with them. That time when politicians thrown promises around like dollars in a strip club. That time when there is a cacophony of rhetoric and he said/she said blame splashed across the interwebs. The republicans are ruining America. The democrats are destroying our way of life. Obama will kill us all. Obama is the savior.
Blah, blah, blah.
I’m so sick of it all. I’m sick of every politician blaming every other politician for the state of things. I’m sick of name calling and finger pointing done by grown adults who are supposed to be leading this country. I’m sick of the republican and democrats alike fighting over meaningless “party line” differences.
I did something different this year in regards to my voting habits: I researched the candidates. *shock and disbelief* Yes, I sat down in front of my computer with the votes guide book open and I looked up candidates for governor, US rep, state reps, corporate commissioner, state treasurer, and attorney general. I read what they had to say on education, health, energy, the economy and I made up my own mind about who I wanted to vote for. I didn’t vote for someone just because they were in a political party, but because they shared similar values to mine.
I urge everyone else to do the same. Political parties and their “party line” agendas are destroying this country. It does us no good as a nation to hold steadfast to ideals without any room for negotiation, exploration of new ideas, or compromise. It just pits two sides against each other in a medieval style battle: each side facing each other across an open field, swords and shields raised, ready to beat the crap out of each other for the town down the road. But who is harmed the most in that situation: the town down the road. The American people are being hurt the most by our political parties staring each other down across the aisle.
Instead of voting for someone just because they belong to a political party, do a little research into that person. It took me all of 45 minutes this morning to finish my primarily voting ballot. Maybe for some, that’s too long. But I think we owe it to ourselves to dig a little deeper and look into the people will be make decisions that ultimately shape our country and our lives. When you think of it that way, maybe 45 minutes doesn’t sound like too long at all.