Election Day

  1. amy peterson says:

    I feel somewhat apathetic about voting in certain races and I wish there was a box that said “Neither. Do over.” Thank you for starting this conversation.

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      Yes! I just feel like the whole system is so messed up, too- I think there are a lot of people out there who would do a really good job in office and be a voice for the people- but they don’t want to go through the mud slinging and have their backgrounds and family members’ backgrounds picked apart… It’s sad, really.

  2. I am terrified of the potential outcome of Amendment 1. TERRIFIED.

  3. Melissa says:

    People get crazy around election time. I basically hide under a rock, stick my hand out to send in my ballot, go back to hiding, and then emerge cautiously when it’s all over.

    You’re right about one thing, politics suck. There is no way around it. Very, very few people can hang on long enough to get to a position where they can actually make a difference and even fewer are still who they started out as once they get there. It’s ugly. It’s a dog-eat-dog world and it’s every man for himself. I still vote, but there ain’t no stars in my eyes about it.

    The thing that really opened my eyes is the story of a family friend of ours, a former Congressman. He was a Republican who by some freak of nature got elected from a primarily Democratic district and because of his background in law was put on the committee to impeach President Clinton. When Congress was voting on whether or not to impeach, one of his mentors said to him “If you vote yes, you know your district will not re-elect you. You will be committing career suicide.” It wasn’t a threat, it was the truth. His district loved Clinton. If he did what he felt was right, he would lose the career he had worked so hard for. His lifelong dream of being in Washington. But to save his career he would have to go against his morals, his convictions, and quite frankly what he believed was the truth. Well, he voted yes. And was not re-elected even though he fought hard to be. Pisses me off. Still pisses me off. And I was just a kid when it happened. But that’s how it goes in Washington. Truth is stranger than fiction. I always keep that in mind when I go to the polls. And I take everything with a grain of salt. Big grains of salt.

  4. keya says:

    I live in Florida and I just feel so…defeated? I feel like no matter what it truly is the lesser of 2 evils we get to pick from. I’d love to bring our founding fathers back just so they cansee whats going on, then I’d be there with a fan and water after they pass out from the FUBARness of it all. Its no longer politics, its another form od celebrity. It all seems so superficial.

  5. cheesehead4ever says:

    I know it has nothing to do with the political system, but you mentioned your mother voting. When I was little I would go with my mom when she voted and was impressed with the big voting machine and all of the levers. I was so pissed when I turned 18 and was able to vote for the first time and was handed a giant piece of paper and was told to fill in the arrows next to whomever I wanted to for. Now it’s filling in for circles. I’m still disappointed at age 40 when I go to vote and I remember the machine in the voting booth!

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