Over the years, I’ve never really cared enough about politics to give a darn. For some reason this year, I was very interested and thought it was time I register to vote. There have been so many things that I’ve learned in the last 6 months, some good, some irritating, but it’s been an interesting process for me.
The debates have been a blast to watch. It’s hard to know who is stretching the truth but thanks to some great political friends, I keep several fact checker sites bookmarked. I actually really like this too because I get to see who flat out lied and who is trying to stretch things by making them sound worse…or better. What I do find sad though, is all the people that don’t use a fact checker to get the real truths. They simply watch and take it for what it is, which can be quite misleading in my opinion.
Knowledge is good! I’ve learned so much about our country, the candidates, and the election process. When I first became interested, I felt like Melanie Griffith in Born Yesterday….you know, dumb and intimidated. I feel much more confident about what I’ve learned and voting.
It’s MY choice. I get to vote for who *I* want as President, with confidence.
DRAMA. My goodness the drama that comes with politics is just crazy! It’s no wonder so many don’t share their opinions and discuss politics. They have to deal with the ‘know-it-alls’ whose candidate can do no wrong and is perfect. Or at least that’s how I see it coming across.
The bashing is ridiculous. If you’re trying to sway me and get my vote for your candidate, you’re doing it wrong. I have been so sick and tired of the name calling, bashing, and pointing fingers bit. You want me to vote your way, tell me why. Don’t tell me why I shouldn’t vote for his competitor, but why I should vote for your guy. There were several instances where I asked questions like “What is his take on this matter?” and the replies were only telling me what the other candidate’s views were and why they were bad. It was annoying. Reminds me of 5th grade.
The hardest part of this whole thing for me has been figuring out which way to go. I went in blind, not knowing anything about either candidate to reading & learning so much about each one. The problem I’ve had is this–So much of how our family is, is based on morals, character, and respect. I absolutely HATE Romney’s personality. I feel like he’s extremely rude, gets irritated very quickly, and tries to be overbearing. I think the way a man speaks and acts is a big sign of what kind of person he is inside. While Obama can sometimes come across as arrogant, I feel like he’s more genuine but I’m not sure he’s done enough to get my vote. He’s had 4 years to make things happen and I’m just not seeing what I need to see. I realize that the heart probably shouldn’t matter in this case, however, my heart can’t help but want to favor someone who has a little more respect than the other. At this point, I feel like neither candidate can take this country where it needs to go. With that said though, I will be voting in a few days, taking everything I’ve learned into consideration, and picking the man who I feel will benefit America more. It may be the business man who can take a more ruthless approach to things to git-r-done or it may be the man who is said to have been cleaning up Bush’s junk these past 4 years. I am still undecided but will be praying about my vote, asking God to give me the wisdom to pick the right man for the job.