Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Wasted Vote: One Of Our Worst Modern Myths

This year has been going by like a very fast plane, and it's not going to be much longer before it's time to vote with one of our votes going to elect the next President of the United States, if we've done what needs to be done to qualify.

Even if you don't agree with my personal views re: who should be in The White House next, I still want you to be out there voting!!!

Anyway, I'm going to give my personal views here re: this particular election (and -- most importantly -- what I see as helpful overall advice and observations when it comes to how to vote here in the USA) ...

1.  I refuse to vote for somebody who was determined to force an elderly widow to sell her home and the land it sat on (for the purpose of expanding his fancy-Nancy Atlantic City hotel) just because he was rich & powerful enough to do so (or so he thought -- fortunately, the presiding judge had enough of a clue to decide that he wasn't going to get away with that kind of crap).  I've always been under the impression that the power of eminent domain should only be used when absolutely necessary and NEVER for personal gain.  I also refuse to vote for somebody who seems to get some kind of jollies out of turning one group of people against another group of people based on such things as race, religion, education, etc.  Enough said...

2.  As for the other choice presented in the usual politics-as-usual "two-party system" -- I'm not sure whether or not I believe all of the rumors about her, but (unfortunately or for-the-best), there are enough people believing the rumors that it will interfere with how much of a trust factor there will be associated with her should she get elected.  Just not a good time for her to be assigned this role...

3.  My goddaughter suggested someone who seems to be a much better choice for our country at this time than either Choice #1 or Choice #2.

His name is Gary Johnson, and I'd like to thank you in advance for clicking on his hyperlinked name and learning more re: what he's about.

4.  I'm now going to encourage you not to be afraid to color outside of the lines of the conventional two-party box...

(a).  Sure!  There's that outdated-to-the-max electoral college to consider -- but I wonder if it would be able to get its own way if enough people went for a third choice that it would result in a popular vote that would become a David reality to a Goliath myth.

(b).  How about that famous old wives tale out of New Hampshire!?!  Frankly, I think that it's high time that NONE of the voting results become public until every single one of the polls have closed down the night of the final May primary elections.

If, for instance, Mickey Mouse wins in the New Hampshire primaries, that shouldn't make us decide to give up on voting for Donald Duck, if we feel that Donald Duck (who -- as well as Mickey -- would be a much better choice for POTUS than that certain other Donald with the cotton candy hair and goofy expressions) would do a better job of running the country than Mickey Mouse.

(c).  Which brings me to the conclusion of this blog-entry:

There's no such animal as a "wasted" vote, so don't let anybody convince you otherwise!!!

Let me better qualify what I just said:

This statement wouldn't (except in a kidding way) apply to a vote for a cartoon character or somebody who, for one reason or another, doesn't meet the qualifications for serving in the 21st Century POTUS position (e.g. the skeleton of Abraham Lincoln; a three-month-old baby; Paris Hilton's chihuahua; etc.).

However, it would, for instance, apply to Gary Johnson, even though he's running on a Libertarian ticket instead of as a Democrat or Republican.

Right now, I'm in the process of preparing to return to Anderson to live, and I hope I'm able to do this in time for registering to vote in this very important election.

I know that somebody might be reading this who is already registered to vote but might be wondering if it's of any use to even go do it.

Don't think for a minute that your vote won't make a difference!

Look at how all of those tabs Larry has collected over the years have come together to make a difference to so many families who came to stay at Ronald McDonald House of Indiana -- and how he has been able to do this so much more quickly and effectively because of how so many individuals have helped him to do this!!!

The same principle can be made to work when it comes to voting for our next President, if we will only think of the quote that often gets associated with the late, great Robert Francis Kennedy:

"Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of

things that never were, and ask why not."