Thursday, September 30, 2004

there's a first time for everything

This is probably the only time this will ever happen on my blog. Well, it may happen again, but take note. This is a first: My political thoughts.

Do not be afraid. I'm not getting ready to bombard you with Bush-Cheney this or Kerry-Edwards that. Nope. It's a little different than that. I know, I know, I know that I should be more politically aware. After all, this stuff does involve me. But honestly, I do not know enough about either of the candidates to make a stance--even if one of them has been our president for the past four years. People keep saying that I have to vote. And it's true. I should. But why should I vote out of ignorance? At this point in the campaigning, I won't be able to find objective information on either of them anywhere. If such information even exists.

This is what bothers me. And please, do not take this as Bush propaganda. I hate that because I'm a college student, I'm expected to vote for Kerry. I hate that because Bush has nothing going on his head during a speech until he looks back down at his notes, I should vote for Kerry. I hate that because there is a war in Iraq, I need to vote for Kerry. I hate that because Kerry isn't Bush, I am supposed to vote for Kerry. What mind besides that of a robot automatically assumes that because Bush is "bad" Kerry is "good"? It is failed logic. Maybe it's true that Kerry would be a better president. I honestly don't know. And neither does anyone else. Both candidates will shove whatever lies down our throats as long as we let them and agree to vote for them. It doesn't matter what is said on the campaign trail. Nothing guarantees that any of it will come to fruition.

My logic would be just as faulty, though, if I said all this was a reason to vote for Bush. So I don't have a solution. I can't bring myself to vote for either one. I hate that I can't even vote. It's almost like this election is a multiple choice question without the correct answer being given. Though, isn't it always? But people want to exercise their rights. The voting process may be an elimination of a greater evil. It may be the product of hasty, ill-advised people. This is the failure of democracy. What is the answer? I'm not sure. I'm just an ignorant college kid, biting off more than she can chew.

I did take some sort of political orientation quiz on the internet once. It said that I'm a communist. So when the Red Scare comes around again, Google will drudge up this post and I will be blacklisted or exiled or something. All in the name of politics. The irony of my life.


Jackie Goodtimes said...

Cass... I understand completely what you're saying. I too, get the vibe of "I'm a college student, vote for Kerry." But then, my whole family would die if they knew I voted for a Democrat. And truth be told, I don't like either one of the men. I think they spend too much time attacking eachother to the point that I still don't know what they stand for. I hate that both of them are just saying whatever it takes to get them in office. I hate sleazy politics and that's what this race has become.

hollynicole said...

This, my best friend, is why I will be voting for Ralph Nadar this election. People can tell me I'm wasting my vote all they wish, but I'll tell you what. It's important that I vote, and I'll be golly if I'm voting for Bush or Kerry.

Nadar '04!