Thursday, February 9, 2012

This year's pool of Presidential candidates makes me want to skip voting

by Tammy Lee Morris | February 9, 2012

To vote or not to vote, that is the question and I am leaning toward skipping Election Day altogether.

Instead I believe I may throw my voice and my weight behind the concept of changing the way elections are held in the United States. No more two-party dictatorship that only supports two candidates of Republican and Democrat parties. I want more to choose from or I'm not going to vote.

I didn't vote for President Obama in 2008 and I don't expect to vote for him in 2012. I cast my very first vote in a Presidential election when I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and I prided myself on at least making my opinion count.

Back then I believed in the voting system and truly believed that my vote meant something. Today, I don't believe that my vote makes any difference and I won't use it unless there is a candidate I truly believe in. With this year's election -- there are none.

Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States.
I won't use my single vote to re-elect President Obama and I don't expect to use it to support any of the Republican candidates I see scrambling for the nomination. I am an average voter and there are many more voters who are like me and don't see anyone who deserves their vote.

I cannot identify with any of the Republican candidates who have money and power and little connection to the average American. I don't like what President Obama has done with his time in office. So what do I do with my vote?

Should I choose "the lesser of two evils" and vote for the candidate who may be bad but not as bad as all the rest?

When thinking about it, I realize that my frustration is not unusual and I am certain there are many Americans who are sinking in the same boat as I -- wanting to use their vote but not wanting to throw it on someone they don't wholeheartedly support.

Perhaps the two-party system has held a stranglehold on America's government. Wouldn't it be nice to see more than two final choices for our highest office? We have become a society so hung up on Republican and Democrat that we can't see the forest for the trees, so to speak -- or the best candidates because of the politics.

Gary Johnson, 2012 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate.
Sure, aren't there always Libertarian and Green candidates on the ballot? Truthfully though, we all know they don't stand a chance against the bipartisan machine and Washington politics.
Perhaps the American people will get as fed up as I am and within my lifetime there will be enough of us demanding change that it might actually happen. Let's make an election that offers real choices -- not just the incumbent President and someone from the opposite party.

Either way, I guess I won't be voting this year and that makes me sad.

Tammy Lee Morris is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics. As far as political opinions go, she has plenty but she's also smart enough to realize everyone else has an opinion as well. She lives in southern Illinois.

Photo Credit: Caricatures by DonkeyHotey on Flickr. 


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