Tomorrow is election day and, it being an off year election, we’ll probably get a 30-40% turnout. That’s a sad number for the “greatest democracy in the world”. It’s hard to picture the country’s founding fathers being all that happy about the amount of voter apathy we have.
One year from now, some of us will be voting for our next president. Talk about apathy! I never miss a vote and I don’t imagine that I ever will. Still, I’m not at all excited about any of the candidates.
Call me a liberal or progressive or whatever other label you like. The odds of me voting for a republican presidential candidate these days are slim to none. The republican party has moved so far to the right in the last 15 years that Nixon and Reagan would be considered liberal by comparison. There are few centrist, moderate republicans left in elected office(I can’t name any) and the party is beholden to the religious right, which I loathe. It says a lot that two outsiders, Trump and barf, Carson, are leading the pack. Even republican caucus and primary voters don’t like the elected officials that are running.
And then there is my party. I really appreciate Bernie Sanders as a senator. He is consistent and I believe has the most integrity of any candidate in either party. From the start, we were told he is not electable and it’s hard to disagree with that. How in the world can a socialist, Jewish, agnostic from Vermont get elected president? Not gonna happen, right? Right. Still, he’s done much better than I ever thought he would and, if the New York, Democratic primary were held today, I would most likely cast my vote for Bernie. I don’t like his stance on guns but agree with him on most other issues. Sure, when he talks, I feel like my Rabbi is yelling at me, but he is honest, sincere, and takes shit from no one.
I want to like Hillary. I really do. I would love to cast a vote for the first female president. I just wish it was Elizabeth Warren instead of Hillary. I’ll never forgive Hillary for voting for the war and for the patriot act as my senator from New York. I just won’t. We needed her desperately back then and she failed us. Having said that, assuming she wins the nomination, I will have to vote for her. If for no other reason than because she’ll nominate better people for the supreme court, I’ll cast my vote for her. I won’t be excited about it though.
How about you? If the presidential election were tomorrow, and you could vote for any candidate still in the race, who would it be? No judgments here unless you say Carson. That guy’s an effing tool, sorry. I’m totally going to judge you. Best not to respond if you like Carson. I want to think highly of my three readers 🙂