Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day

I realize I'm about to incite some venomous emotions here, but I didn't vote today. I'm not inherently patriotic for one thing, and I'm more than a bit jaded for another. Let me get a few things out.

Yes, voting matters, and g'won with your bad self for doing it. I'm not trying to bring you down. I'm not saying your vote won't count. I'm not saying anything negative at all, in fact. I choose not to vote unless I have some serious faith in a candidate. That has only happened one time, and the faith that I had in that particular candidate at the time hasn't necessarily waned, but it hasn't been seen to fruition, either.

Being "proud" to be an American has never been something I'm on board with. I think Americans are a lot of things not to be proud of, most of the time. We're excessive with food, we're excessive with material items, we're excessive with shoving our agendas in the faces of others without listening to what they have to say. We think we're gods. We think we have the upper hand over the rest of the world, and that only we can save the others, or help them. It's a lot of what I despise about people who call themselves Christians without fully understanding the meaning of the word. They lord themselves over the rest of the people who aren't believers, and leave a bad taste in their mouth for what Jesus actually said. They have an air of arrogance about them that turns people off rather than brings people in. No, I'm not proud to be an American. I'm pretty shamed to be one, most of the time. I am, however, lucky to have been born here where we have rights and privileges that we could have nowhere else, and for that I'm grateful.

One of my rights is the right not to vote if I don't want to. No, I do not take for granted the fact that women are able to vote. I make a choice every election day, a choice whether to vote or not. I'm grateful to have that choice.

Maybe if I saw some positive ad campaigns from some candidates whose politics I agreed with, I would vote. Maybe if I saw some candidates who HAD politics I agreed with, I would vote. But the beliefs I have are pretty difficult to put together. I don't fall under the heading of Democrat or Republican, or any other random party you might feel like throwing at me right now. There are pros and cons to all of them holistically, and there are pros and cons to all of the individual candidates' beliefs. The only solution would be for me to run for office. Then at least I'd agree with all the politics. But the other thing is a gut feeling -- I either like a candidate or I don't. That being said, I'd likely not vote for me, either, because I'm not really very fond of myself most of the time. Plus, I'm pretty busy.

Pizza and garlic bread for dinner tonight. Baby steps on the diet/exercise thing. I'm attempting first off to add physical activity to my lifestyle on a more regular basis and do some minor cutting down of the excess food/drink I'm so wont to pour down my throat. I went to the gym today, did some machines and some cardio, and hung out in the Arizona room for a little while, which is my favorite place to be. If I ever get rich, I want an Arizona room in my house.

For now, it's time to start making food and watching the news pour in from the polls, since that's all that will be on television. The only thing I'll be glad for tomorrow is not having to hear how evil this or that candidate is for whatever they are supposedly doing/not doing, or who they voted with/against in the past. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled inane commercials designed to make us buy more fast food, more shiny cars, more booze, and more stuff we cannot possibly live without.

I'm Stephanie Jean, and I approve this message.

SJS

4 comments:

  1. Hey Steph, I pretty much agree with everything you said here. I like your blog. :) I wish I had time to do more writing. No bashing from me.

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  2. I agree with the apathy. So many are trying to define and conform to labels...Liberal, Conservative, Moderate, ect.

    What do these terms really mean? What defines what agendas belong to those groups? Freedom of religion is a liberal proposition. Government control of the populace can be considered a conservative agenda. I probably am wrong according to somebody on TV, but why is that so?

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  3. I voted, but I voted Libertarian wherever possible, as I'm completely disenchanted with both the 'major' parties. That was *my* little form of protest over the dumbing down of America.

    Unfortunately, the country is becoming more and more ideologically polarized, and much of it is because the media on both sides of the aisle is fanning the flames in order to garner ratings. As much as I try to live positively, I'm afraid my cynicism towards politics in this country is pretty much immutable at this point.

    Let's see what the Repugnantcons do with their new powers.

    lvs,
    ~b.

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  4. Thanks for your comments, everyone. I think that the heart of politics has become several shades of grey. No one knows what people stand for anymore. I highly recommend watching the movie "Swing Vote" because, though some of it was pretty trite, most of it showed how I felt about politics in general. It's almost like each politician thinks "what beliefs will make me the most popular with the greatest number of people" and then they adopt that belief system. I can sense baloney a hundred miles away, and I want nothing to do with it. I feel more inclined to vote for someone who is genuine, regardless of whether or not I agree with their particular views, simply because they are standing up for something they believe in. I get so angry watching those negative ad campaigns. I know plenty about what other people think is bad about a candidate, but not what that particular candidate really stands for, what makes their heart beat faster, what they're passionate about. And I think that's because THEY don't know. Or else, they're too afraid to say it. In a heatwave, they'd rather dip their toes into lukewarm water than dive into a cold lake. Safer that way, you know? Maddening. I say, if you're going to run, stop crawling.

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