It really bugs me when people get into the voting booth and have no idea 'what' or 'who' they are voting for. A lot of people vote down party lines and haven't a clue what a particular candidate 'may' or 'may not' stand for. In many cases they have never even heard the name, but because it has a 'D' or an 'R' after it they will check the box. Is that really a good idea? Think about it. That's how candidates like Christine O'Donnell and Sharon Engle get swept into office. That's how elections are 'won' or 'lost'. My mother has no clue what the Republicans stand for, but because her best friend is a Republican she does her 'duty' every election cycle and enters the booth, oblivious to who she is supporting and clueless to what causes she is promoting. She simply checks all the names with an 'R' behind them and goes to lunch, where she will bitch about Nancy Pelosi and the evil 'Democrats'. She seems clueless to the fact that Republicans want to make her precious Medicare a voucher system and privatize social security just as she has several kids nearing retirement.
I think the Republicans have some good ideas, but I happen to think the Democrats do too. I could never totally support one or the other. Republicans think they have a monopoly on faith and patriotism, but I know a lot of Democrats who are extremely faith based and have just as many guns as their Republican counterparts. They also fly their flags on Memorial Day and cry when they hear about soldiers who are coming home in a wooden box. They just happen to believe in a woman's right to 'choose' and 'freedom of religion'. Many of them believe gays should have the same rights as anyone else and the rich should pay there fair share. Is that so bad?
I can name losers in both parties, people who nauseate me like Michelle Bachman (R) or Mary Landreau (D). I can name several Republicans and several Democrats I would love to throw out of Washington. I hate the idea of one party 'controlling' the House and the Senate. I usually do my best to prevent that from happening. It didn't work out so well in the last election. As the parties polarize and dig their heels in, Washington is at a standstill. Isn't it all about 'compromise'? Republicans are caught up in thinking they are the 'people's choice' and they are simply doing what they were sent to Washington to do. But could it be that people like me were simply sending the Democrats a message, and trying to 'balance the equation' in Washington so that no one party had all the power? We didn't send them there put the country in default or eliminate vital government institutions. Some of us actually believe we can take the best from both parties and move forward on a productive path toward prosperity. Is that a pipe dream?
As long as people have this 'my way or the highway' attitude we will be years from repairing our economy. So called 'conservatives' and 'liberals' will be our demise. What's wrong with being a 'moderate'? Why not vote for a candidate based on his actual 'message'? Why not leave the box 'blank' if you don't know the name or what he/she stands for? It's like voting for an initiative because your neighbor says it's a good idea or because you got a 'robocall' from the Republican base. Do your homework. It's your civic duty...or just don't vote at all.