So, this has been one of the weirdest (out of the 3 I have been able to participate in) election years ever.
It started out with me KNOWING to vote Ron Paul. I live in texas, so I knew much about him and his stances from the get go. Even when he pulled out of
the race, I still had my mind set on voting for him...
Until I started listening to the perspectives of ppl on here who were asking why we were still voting for him even though he pulled out. I started
questioning my motives and talked w/ a very trusted friend on the issue. He helped me to reconfirm that the best I could do was vote my conscience and
as long as I did so, he would treat me to lunch. So, clear conscience and free lunch... how could I not vote the only man I felt worthy of the
position of president.
Then I watched the RNC, particularly McCain's speech. As I was watching, I noticed that I didn't have that sinking feeling that I so often get with
most candidates. Being a texan, I am prone (from upbringing) to vote republican and didn't do so the last time at the very last minute just bc i
couldn't get over that sinking feeling I felt with Bush. BUT here I was, watching McCain (republican.. yay!!) and I didn't feel it and thus decided
that perhaps it would be okay to throw my vote over to McCain.
After the RNC, I came on here and after speaking with a couple of very intelligent ppl, I realized that "not having the sinking feeling" was
probably not reason enough to vote for a candidate whose stances I still felt uncomfortable about. So, back to Ron Paul.
Still, however, I kept an open mind to McCain. In fact, I talked again w/ my trusted friend and he was now throwing his vote over to McCain bc he
didn't want Obama in office... and I agreed. Then, a person that I had been talking to from off this site brought my attention to Palin. He was very
annoyed with her so I went on a quest to see what all the big noise was about. I found a woman that was picked for reasons that obviously had nothing
to do with her qualifications. I was amazed that ppl were defending her, most notably McCain. I am still appalled that she is his running mate.
That was the point I started noticing that McCain is a little on the crazy side himself.
Now, before I tell you WHY I started considering Obama (I know, I am still shocked that I would consider him), let me explain WHY I was more anti
obama than pro anyone prior to the third debate. I had, in the beginning decided to go and look at the issues of the democrat first since I am prone
to side with the republican due to upbringing.. I have listed out many reasons on this board why I am anti his stances, but mostly it was due to the
extreme stances he takes that are pro socialism. Now, considering that we are no longer really living in a country that is pro community, but rather
"city consumerism" I am not COMPLETELY against socialism, but not to the degree he is.
HOWEVER, after watching the 3rd debate and having let many make their way into my head with their "vote McCain or Obama based on 'the lesser of two
evil' principle" I actually found myself leaning toward Obama. Less importantly was his smile, but it is rather magnetic and seems very genuine.
Mostly though, I found him to be far more concerned with the people in "speech" than was McCain. McCain came off sounding like an immature school
boy rather than someone who was running for the highest office of leadership in not only the country, but the world.
So, I actually did find myself considering Obama much to my dismay. I think that is when I realized that this whole election process had become
insanity for the insane. In fact, at that point, I decided NOT to vote just because the whole decision making process was driving me to the point of
That was my stance until this morning when my sis and I decided to run some errands together and she wanted to do early voting. I figured it was now
or never. I walked into the voting place with her and was immediately turned off by the machine voting based on the information I have that it is not
accurately tallying the votes. I asked for a voting form and after arguing with the lady that I indeed had the right to write in my vote and that if
she did not have the forms for doing such, I would report them, I was handed a form for write in. I voted my conscience and the only man I HONESTLY
felt was fit for the job despite the slim chance he had of making it in. In fact, I would not be suprised if they crumpled the form afterward and
Still, all of 10 minutes of my time and I am now free and clear in my decision and done with this whole mess! I feel confident that I wrote in the
only man who is deserving of this office and wish all the rest of you luck in your torment!
Since about my 9th grade year in highschool, I have felt sad after election season is over.... but this one season, never have I been so glad to see
it over and done with! Vote your conscience or you are responsible for the mess should your candidate be the one to make it in.... that is my one
piece of advice.
My one wish is this: May the gods be with us in the coming years for this surely is a deciding election year for the fate of our country and
ultimately the world.