My Wasted Vote November 7, 2012Posted by Toy Lady in just general griping, mirth & woe, Not about Food, Politics.
So I’m still here, no computer except the ancient laptop. Which means no photos. (And while that may not be a HUGE loss, it’s still a loss, right? Right?)
At the time of this writing, it’s the evening of Election Day.
Thank GOODNESS it’s almost over!
While we don’t know who will win at this point, I’m sure we all know who we want to win – or at least who we don’t want to win. And I’m equally certain it’s not the same for all of us, is it?
I find myself in the position of being something of a disenfranchised voter.
In the general election, anyway, my vote doesn’t really count for much.
Sure, the local elections matter – and I always make sure to vote there. I firmly believe that the closer my government is to me, the more control I have. Town, Village, County, even State elections all matter, more, I think, than the presidential election.
Especially here. You see, I’m in New York, and I don’t think there’s a truer, bluer state than New York. Except maybe New Jersey. Maybe.
Which means that my presidential vote is worthless. Thanks to the electoral college, my representative will be voting for Obama, whether I like it or not.
Some representation, huh?
That’s not to say I think Romney walks on water, because I don’t. I truly believe that there is less separating the two mainstream candidates than they’d like to have us think, and whichever your choice is, it’s no more than the lesser of two evils.
But you know what? I’m kind of glad. It gave me a chance to vote the way I’d like to vote, if I could vote however I wanted to if I wasn’t worried about “throwing my vote away.”
For the first time since 1984, I actually left the voting booth feeling good about my presidential vote.
I voted for what I really think – knowing that “my guy” wasn’t going to win anyway- he wasn’t even going to make a dent in the final results.
I decided to do something radical – to vote for a “third party” candidate. A politician who actually stands for the things I believe. Gosh I wish people would take the Libertarian Party a little more seriously. . . I’ll bet the Founding Fathers would have.
*Images: credit to Young Americans for Liberty. Even though I’m more a “Middle-Aged American for Liberty.”