Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Totally Optional Prompts - Elections

Totally Optional Prompts:

This is a good time to reflect on elections in general and this election in particular. You don't have to say whom you're going to vote for (or have already voted for), but feel free to. Or you could reflect on the importance of elections. Or the lack of importance, if you happen to feel that voting doesn't make a difference. Discuss the process. Comment on particular races.

The 2008 Presidential election will be the most important election so far in my life. I am 46 years old and I can't imagine our country being in a worse shape than we are right now!

We are in the middle of 2 wars, with no end in sight. We are in the worst ecomony that I can remember, with maybe an exception for the early 1980s. We are losing our financial base as it is sliding over the abyss. And after thinking that racial tension was a thing of the past, it comes back with a vengence to bite us in the ass.

I am a registered Democrate, although I have been known to vote for a few Republicians. I try to judge the person I vote for on their merits and not their political party. However, I will be voting for Obama. I agree with his ideas, I agree with his tax plan, I agree with his green policy and I agree with his goal of health care. I think he will be a steady President who is able to think the problems through and then gather advice and recommendations from trusted people around him.

I, personnally, think McCain may be too old to be President, and with his health issues, I do NOT want to see Palin become President. Although this election is not about her, I feel she would sink our country even lower than it is right now. I don't like McCain's temperment, I don't agree with his tax plan, I don't know what his economnic policy is, and he has no plans to end the wars.

I think it is every American's right to vote for our political leaders. I don't remember a time when women or blacks were not able to vote, but I'm glad we are past that time in our history. It doesn't matter who you vote for, just get out there and vote.

Remember, if you don't take part in the election process, then you don't have a right to complain about how things are run.


Natalie said...

"Remember, if you don't take part in the election process, then you don't have a right to complain about how things are run."

AMEN! After fighting with my husband about that very thing he finally registered to vote and plans on voting for the first time in the Presidential election. He tends to be more conservative than I am and lean toward the Republican party where I am more liberal and lean toward the Democratic party. I too however do not vote for someone based on their party affiliation but on what they stand for and how they react to certain issues. I will be joining you in voting for Obama because like you said I like his ideas. I do not like McCain/Palin and I do not think the US would survive economically if one or both of them ended up being president.

tumblewords said...

Good post. No argument here!

Stan Ski said...

Like Natalie, I found the closing statement most striking. Rights are won for us - we should exercise them.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

You raise some good points here especially the very last one. However what are you voting for? are you voting for change or for more of the same? I think these elections always come down to a personality. Can I trust this person etc. And often we don't look too closely at who or what is actually pulling their strings.

Nice post and to the prompt!

gautami tripathy said...

Rest of the world is faing the brunt of US policies. Hope the elections hange all that.