posted on Oct, 13 2009 @ 09:52 AM
reply to post by ninecrimes
"Active American" is a label though, and a none-too-fitting one IMO considering the obesity rates in America. I merely mean that I don't vote along
party lines, or due to cynicism. I evaluate each candidate for their particular office on the merits of prior experience, dispositions/behavior, and
potential in policy shaping, This is rather cumbersome on the years when local and federal elections coincide, however I'm generally spared this
burden since registering to vote requires the label of "Dem, Rep, or Ind".
In MOST cases, I simply choose not to vote out of either lack of sufficient choices or pressure by other pollsters/citizens to sway one way or
another. I tend to catch a bit of hell for this too, but the way I see it, the right to choose whether or not to vote depending on your individual
criteria is similarly as protected as the right TO vote. It is when I loose that right to make my own choice, that I have a severe problem and my
rights are trampled. This hasn't occurred thus far.
As for representatives, I hold no illusions that they work for me. They work according to their own initiative, as ideally they are more informed and
more involved in the debates and intricacies of politics. Further, they were also voted into office by fellow citizens of my state/country who may
have differing opinions and views than mine. They cannot make a career out of pleasing the public, nor should they. If we are dissatisfied with their
performance - our voices are heard at the ballot box.
Getting people to vote according to their own convictions and research, rather than along arbitrary party lines coupled with the removing of lobbyists
from hill would do this country a world of good. However, I doubt many Americans would see the immediate difference. Removing the "bull$h7t" factor
from voters agenda and affiliation ties and focusing instead on the pertinent issues - the slack of research and knowledge about a candidate picked up
by the voter as a means of educating themselves would also go a long way towards removing the lobbyists and special interest groups who fund the
election campaigns too many have come to rely upon for mudslinging distractions and pulp entertainment.
And for the record, I backed Mike Gravel last election - and subsequently didn't vote after he lost the primaries.
I do tend to think I have a liberal bias to my views, but in counting the barbs and slings coming from both the left and right - it would seem an
adoption of what I think works, regardless of conservative or liberal backing, makes me unpopular with both parties.