There were a couple of folks yesterday who expressed dismay over my intention to write in a candidate for U.S. President. I just got back from the polls, and without saying who I voted for I will explain why I chose to write in. Both major parties disgust me. I believe they are nothing but big machines that are more intent on gaining and maintaining power than upon the true betterment of our nation. In my opinion, John McCain and Hillary Clinton (back during the primaries) are the two most egregious examples of the power hungry vs. public service mindset and there is no way on God's green Earth I'd ever vote for either one of them. I believe Barack Obama rises above the power hungry mindset to a degree but it bothers me that he spent as much time as he did campaigning as early on as he did when he should have been focusing on his duties as a legislator. I also have some differences of opinion with him which I will not go into here.
I cast my vote for an individual who is a member of one of the major political parties but who I believe is capable of independent thought rather than merely being a party puppet. This individual has been willing to speak the truth when the party has not wanted to hear it. This person also has stated a desire to see the Constitution trampling expansion of executive power we've endured during the last administration reversed. I believe what this person says because when I look at his/her record I see consistency not flip-flopping and hypocrisy.
Does this person have a snowball's chance in hell of being elected? No. So why "waste my vote?" I chose to write in because it's a way to formally register my opinion. It is my right. I have heard a great number of people express their revulsion over politics as usual during this campaign. We hear all sorts of blather about "mavericks" and "change." If enough people vote either for a third party candidate or write in a serious choice (not Pat Paulsen, not Pedro for Prez) then the numbers of disgruntled voters may require the 2 major parties to actually pay attention to those of us who are sick of the way it is. I already see evidence of this in small ways. The local League of Women Voters produces a voters guide for every election. In elections past the only candidates profiled were Democrats and Republicans. This time around they included Independents, Libertarians, and Constitutionalists. It's a small change, but it's a start.
I want a real change. I want intelligent leaders who can think for themselves but work cooperatively. I want someone who speaks truth clearly. I want the Democrats and Republicans to know I am sick of them both. My write-in vote is an expression of that.
I found it both interesting and encouraging to hear the two voters in front of me asking for instructions on how to do a write-in vote as well. I don't know who they wrote in or for what office but it was good to know I was not alone.
Now if you are a U.S citizen and haven't voted yet, get out there and vote your conscience whether it's for the Republican, the Democrat, the Libertarian, the Constitutionalist, the Green Party, an Independent, or otherwise. To the rest of the world, I hope we can repair some of the damage that has been done during the last 8 years with whoever leads our new administration.