So, I’ve been perfectly quiet about this upcoming election here in the States. Everywhere I look, there’s something to be outraged about or morally opposed to. This election is the MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION EVER – something I’ve heard since 1996. When everyone is screaming, nobody’s listening. There’s been some important issues that have been raised in this election that deserve better attention than what they’re getting.
I’ve wanted to write about some of them, but this cycle has been particularly nasty. There’s some speculation as to why both major candidates aren’t popular, but all this has done is prompted Facebook rants as to who the cleanest dirty shirt is. Nobody’s really talking policy, expertise, and other qualifications for office. Instead, we’ve got two minor party candidates who have seriously blown any chance for legitimate consideration, one major party candidate who seems to be imploding in public, and the final candidate who is trying to survive a long history of attacks against her.
What I can say is that I’ve made up my mind as to who I’m going to vote for. There are a bunch of reasons why I think my decision is a good one. Sadly, none of them matter when the entire race has boiled down to who is the lesser incarnation of pure evil. Rather than have a discussion about qualifications of candidates, policies each candidate wants to implement, and the likelihood that a given candidate will actually get that done, we’re talking about the most sophomoric election cycle in recent memory.
Personally, I’m more dismayed at the fact that my vote will not really do much where I live. Elections for Congress have needed more attention, but there are no decent candidates for me to vote for here. Part of this is because of our primary system, and part of it is because the politics in my state are atrocious.
The worst thing is that my misery won’t fully end when the election is over. Some issues have been raised that need to be discussed more in public (like whether Trump’s locker room talk is okay even for people who aren’t running for public office – pro tip: it’s not). Not only that, but I suspect that there are going to be some other stunts which will extend this terrible experience beyond election day.
I think it’s terrible that I’m starting to miss the days when people would blame stupid stuff on Obama.