By now I'm pretty sure everyone is exhausted of hearing political rants every time they turn around. And I'm no exception. But here's the thing(s), 1. I was a Political Science major in college, so the fact that I rarely talk about politics is a miracle in and of itself, 2. I choose to only talk about politics when I feel I have something of importance to say.
There, I said it.
You want to know why?
I'm glad you asked.
Our democratic system stinks. We have all these systems in place to provide us with the notion that we have the freedom of speech and the freedom to elect whomever we want to lead our country. Well, I'm here to tell you that we don't.
Ever hear of the electoral college? It's the group of people who elects our President. This means that by exercising our freedom and standing in line at the voting booths, we are in essence, doing absolutely nothing.
Second, our two party system is completely ineffective. For one thing, all it does is take our country and completely divide us. There is no spirit of political dialogue, there's no exchanging of ideas on how we can improve our country. There is only competition and bitter rivalry. By only having two establishment parties, we have two candidates who become virtually indistinguishable in office as they both try to cater to the middle majority of voters.
So why am I choosing not to buy into this "bipartisanship" hootenanny? Because I want to live in a country where multiple parties are able to express their views and are held accountable for the positions they take. I want to live in a country where parties are not forced to be bitter rivals, but are instead encouraged to come together for the betterment of our citizens. I want to live in a country where our politicians engage with one another, compromise and enact change.
I don't want to tell you to vote for a particular candidate. That is not my intention. What I want is for each of you to be educated and informed citizens who walk into the polling place on November 6th supporting the candidate who most closely aligns with your beliefs...even if they're not symbolized by a donkey or elephant.
If you'd like to read more about each of the Presidential candidates, go HERE. If you'd like to take a quiz that helps you determine which candidate sides with you on important issues, go HERE.
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