Sunday, November 9, 2014

No Voter Sticker...

I did not vote in Tuesday's election.

I did not vote because I have a hard time supporting a system where political parties, their candidates, and private interest groups regularly spend BILLIONS of dollars to slash and burn each other in hopes of "earning" the public's vote. All that spending on negative ads, travel and event expenses, mailings, and signage, while, for example, schools across the country are having to face cutting fine arts and foreign language programs because of continual budget cuts. Programs that enhance learning for good students. Programs that can engage the students who are not as turned on by the traditional core subjects those potential policy makers have decided should be the major focus of our public education system.

I did not vote because last Sunday I watched a politician, one who is also a trained medical doctor, spend 90 seconds totally talking his way around giving any real answer when Bob Schieffer, on Meet the Press, asked him if he would feel safe traveling to Africa to give aid to the Ebola crisis. It was a simple yes or no question one would assume he could handle given his professional training. God forbid a politician ever give a straight answer.

I did not vote because I don't agree that picking the lesser of two evils is the best way to make a decision about who will be part of those charged with running our government.

I did not vote because last time I checked, there wasn't the option to choose "I do not support the policies, ideas or practices of any of the candidates or political parties listed."

I did not vote.

Some will find that fact appalling. Lazy. Irresponsible. Unpatriotic.

I did not vote because I have a hard time participating in, and therefore supporting, a political system that is, in my humble opinion, broken, corrupt, and very, VERY out of touch with the diverse wishes and opinions of the people it was designed to serve.