An exasperated note, specificially and only to the friends/acquaintance out there who are bombarding me with last-minute "this is the most important election of our lives, you must get out and vote!" emails:
Guys? I am voting. I'm voting against Prop 8. I'm voting against Prop 4. I'm voting in favour of Prop 2. I'm almost certainly voting in favour of the sex worker law (addendum/note to the idiots who think that not prosecuting prostitutes will mean a huge jump in hookers in Pacific Heights or Seacliff: You sound like the anti-choice idiots who think that having the right to choose will mean thousands of women will suddenly decide to get pregnant so that they can have abortions. I know you think my gender are all braindead, but honestly, no one out there with a vagina is suddenly going to say, to hell with being CEO of a multinational corporation, what was I thinking, being degraded by a pimp and having to blow an insurance agent for drug money is the ideal career choice. Get a grip, yo.) I'm certainly not voting to give San Francisco's pathetic lame Board of Supervisors, or our empty-suited slick little mayor the right to do a damned thing without voter approval, especially our City energy policy.
The issues are researched, and my notes are to hand for election day. I'm voting my conscience, which is what I think everyone should do: look at the issues, ask the questions, examine the evidence rather than the rhetoric and make your decisions based on those factors.
But that's not what you mean, is it? Of course it isn't.
I'm voting my conscience, which is to write in Dennis Kucinich's name or leave that space blank. I have researched, read, looked at the evidence instead of succumbing to the rhetoric, and the result is that neither candidate comes within light years of representing my stance, my beliefs, or my interests. Certainly, neither candidate and neither party has shown they have any respect for my gender. There is nothing in either man's platform to convince me to give my vote to either of them. And don't tell me I "owe" anyone my vote, because you have that backasswards. My elected representatives owe me, not the other way around.
Get out there and vote. I think everyone should vote. Go and vote your conscience. It's precisely what I'm going to do.
Causes Deborah Grabien Supports
EMILY's List (early member), Amnesty International (member on two continents for thirty years), Animal Welfare causes (we rescue feral cats), NARAL and...