Everywhere I turn these days, whether its "real life" or facebook, people are talking about the upcoming election. I discuss it with my boss, my friends, and my family. I don't profess to be the most intelligent person discussing politics - heck, there's a lot I don't understand and don't claim to. But I know what I personally believe in, and I know what I like to see/hear/experience, so I know which candidates I like and which I don't.

I'm not one of those people who posts nothing except political stuff on facebook. I do post a fair amount, though. I believe that if you strongly believe in something, you should publicly support it, regardless of what other people say or think. And I believe that if you have an opinion, you're entitled to it and you have a right to express it on a public venue like facebook. After all, if people don't like what you say, they don't have to read it. In extreme cases, they can "unfriend" you, though that is pretty sad. I believe talking about these topics is important because so many people are mislead. So many people are easily swayed by a pretty face or a pretty voice, or what have you. And so many people vote solely on political party. Which is absolutely ridiculous.

Getting different viewpoints out there for others to read is a good thing, in my opinion. Sure, it can have the opposite effect. If you're sharing lies or misinformation, it can lead to even more confused people. From what I gather, truly confused people don't get to the polls and vote. They decide they don't like either candidate so they won't "waste their vote" on either of them. So sad.

Facebook is getting pretty hostile lately with all the political posts. The people who know who they're voting for are firm in their position, and most of them don't like to hear anything negative about their chosen candidate. Of course, no one likes to be "wrong," even if its really not wrong and others just perceive it as wrong.

Then there are people who keep posting about how sick they are of all the political talk on facebook. They say things like "I'm staying off facebook until after the election," or "I wish everyone would stop being so vocal about the stupid election."

Well, folks, the election is important. We're not voting for Prom Queen here. We should be talking about this, we should care deeply about it.

Here's my facebook status update tonight:

So many people keep sayin they're sick of all the election talk. I'm sick of it too. But this stuff is IMPORTANT. This is our future. Who we elect won't just affect our country for the next 4 years; their impact will last longer than that. We should all absolutely care about what's going on here. If affects us ALL. And I think talking about it is good because not everyone understands all the issue...
s; hearing what other people have to say (all sides of the issue) can help. True, it can hurt if what's being said is false. But I say stand behind what you believe in, get to the polls and vote and let your voice be heard, don't just sit back and complain about the way things are. We live in the greatest country in the world, let's make sure it stays that way!
Sure, it could have been more eloquent and I probably missed an opportunity to say something more profound. But I had just read several posts about how horrible all this election talk is, and it made me mad. If you don't want to talk about it, then fine, don't. But don't criticize those of us who actually care about our country.
If you're an Obama supporter, support him. If Romney's your man, vote for him. Just CARE! We have got to stop being complacent and just letting things happen to America. This is OUR country and we need to be passionate about it.
I said in my "About Me" tab, I believe, that I am a member of the Constitution Party of NC. Obviously, I'm extremely conservative. I do not support Obama. I also do not support Romney. In my eyes, they are one and the same. Romney may be the "lesser of two evils" as people say, but I say if you keep voting for evil, all we'll get in the White House is evil.
I am voting for Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party's candidate. Do I think he will win? No. But I believe in him and what he stands for. I can't vote for someone that I don't believe in. It has nothing to do with political party. If Goode were a Democrat, I'd still vote for him. His website tells about his view on the major issues. I stand behind Goode 100%.
Unfortunately, Goode didn't get on the ballot in NC. (Don't get me started on the ridiculous ballot access issues in my state!) But he can be a write-in. Most people don't know that. And not just anyone can be a write-in. You can write-in anyone you want, but it won't count unless that person has been approved. Goode is on the ballot in many states. My hope is that he at least does well enough to gain more people's attention, and then could have a real shot in the 2016 election.
And there have been many people who've told me that voting for Goode is voting for Obama. They say any vote against Romney is a vote for Obama. I beg to differ. My vote is for Goode, not Romney, not Obama. I have a right to vote for whomever I want. It doens't have to be one of the candidates from the two major parties. I will stand for what I believe in, no matter what the majority says. Didn't Jesus teach us that? Just because "everyone" is doing it, doesn't mean it's right. People just don't realize there's another option besides Obama or Romney. And the ones who know about third parties don't think they could ever garner enough support to actually win an election. But its happened before. I believe Lincoln was a third party candidate. That turned out pretty well, didn't it?
My prediction for the election changes almost daily. Sometimes I think people can't possibly vote Obama back for another term. And then I hear about another idiotic thing Romney's said, and I think people will vote for Obama simply because at least he's a known evil. Surely an evil that you already know and understand is better than an unknown evil, right? I'm anxious to see what actually happens. I foresee quite a few recounts, either way. Its gonna be close. And who knows, maybe a third party like Goode will surprise us all.
Whatever your opinion, please get to the polls and VOTE!!
GOD bless the USA!!!

1 comment:

  1. You have an excellent point- voting for the lesser of two evils wills till result in evil in the white house. It's a shame our country focuses on a two party system :/


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