Politics, Voting, and my Jaded Outlook

Early Voting begins in our country this week. We have one more Presidential debate tonight; this one on foreign policy. Many people have already made their decision. I think the only people who watch the debates are the small segment of undecided voters (and at this point there aren’t that many, IMO), and those who just want to watch “the other guy” make some sort of political gaffe. Then there are people like me, who watch both candidates and heckle when they dodge the question. I like to throw popcorn. I snagged that tradition from a good friend of mine. It’s far safer for everyone and everything around than throwing other objects, and the dogs enjoy a good snack. 😉

Today, I write about my observation of the average person on the street. This is a longstanding problem in our political system, you see… for years, voters have complained the final choice comes down to two candidates they don’t like, and rather than voting for someone they feel like they’re voting against the other guy. It’s as if they’re saying

Please note, this is not a slam against one particular candidate. This logo was just particularly easy to manipulate and make the point.
But is that really a reason to vote for anyone? Seriously? Most people have stopped paying attention to third party candidates. If you asked, they probably couldn’t even tell you who was on the ballot, or what that person stood for. We have a society of sheeple, just because they believe their vote won’t count if they don’t vote for one of the two major parties.

I hear so many jaded people say, “Oh, I’d vote for ‘so-and-so’, but I’d just be throwing my vote away. I’m going to vote for ‘X’, even though I don’t agree with him, just because I can’t stand ‘Y’.” You know, if enough of these people actually true to themselves, their vote might actually make a difference.

Whichever candidate you’re voting for, just make sure you’re voting for that person for the right reasons. The media doesn’t tell us everything. Go to the websites and read about the candidates and their positions on the issues that are important to you.

That’s my rant for the day. Time for coffee. Good morning, everyone!

Make it stop.

I contemplated making a blog commentary on MO Senate Nominee (R) Todd Akin yesterday, but I changed my mind. Todd Akin has said some ignorant, horrifying things about rape that no apology can take away. The words reveal a true window into the man’s psyche. That being said, with all social media coverage on this story (my own post, here, included), there are more serious matters to consider. What I’m trying to say is this news item is full of trigger issues for many survivors.

We’ve all had our say and given this poor excuse of a man enough attention. It’s time to think of the the anger, the pain, and potential triggers survivors have to cope with every time they see a headline on rape and how, once again, someone thinks the victim is responsible for any part of what occurs during or after the fact.

The media is doing enough damage. Please, make it stop.