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"I tried to think of the most harmless thing... something that could never destroy us."

Since Salt Lake County began permitting early voting last Friday, I took advantage of the opportunity to make my voice heard. Now I can stop listening to the ads... not that I listened in the first place, but at least I don't have to think about it any longer.

I voted split-ticket, but in the most important race, my vote was cast for Barack Hussein Obama.

If you care to know why,
My voting history looks like this:

Election Year
Age
Democrat
Republican
My Vote
Winner
Comments
1968
17
Humphrey
Nixon
D
R
Would have voted D
1972
21
McGovern
Nixon
D
R
1976
25
Carter
Ford
R
D
1980
29
Carter
Reagan
R
R
1984
33
Mondale
Reagan
R
R
1988
37
Dukakis
Bush
R
R
1992
41
Clinton
Bush
R
D
1996
45
Clinton
Dole
Perot
D
2000
49
Gore
Bush
R
R
2004
53
Kerry
Bush
R
R
2008
57
Obama
McCain
D
?


In my radical college days, I fell squarely in in the Democratic camp. As I began to get paychecks and noticed the size of my tax deductions, my preferences swung towards less government and fewer entitlement programs. Enter the "Establishment Phase"

Now, things have changed.

This is our beautiful country:



This is our beautiful country after 8 years of Bush doctrine:



This what I fear our beautiful country would look like after 4 years of a McCain/Palin ticket (or Palin/McCain, depending on whom you listen to).



So my reasoning was as follows:

1) Whatever you may think of Bush - and I voted for him - It's clear his administration has failed. We desperately need something different at this point in history, a new directon in policy that will pull our economy and our global reputation out of the toilet. I don't see enough difference between the existing administration and a McCain presidency to give me any hope that this is possible.

2) Sarah Louise Heath Palin scares the living $h17 out of me. To think of her one heartbeat away from the Oval Office is code brown in the shorts. Now I'm sure she's a great mom and a great human being, but she's clearly out of her league on the global stage, and I'm betting that in the dark of night at 2:00 AM while John McCain lies in bed worrying about things, he must be asking himself "What the hell was I thinking?" It says a lot as well about those whom he is allowing to spin his campaign and influence his choices.

3) Obama's pretty light on global experience as well, but the experience he has is the right kind, and he's smart, articulate, and seems willing to think outside the box. I don't agree with everything on the Democratic platform, but I don't agree with everything on the Republican platform, either. I'm willing to make some sacrifices for the greater good.

4) I considered voting Libertarian or Green - i.e. "None of the Above", but whoever wins, I want to be able to support them with my voice. No other candidate has a snowball's chance in hell of winning, so I have to choose between the evil of two lessers. If Obama wins, well. If McCain wins, I'll have to stand behind him as the CinC, pray that he doesn't drop dead of a heart attack, and continue to voice my own concerns through my elected representatives.

5) Lastly, and certainly not least: I've been praying for guidance since the beginning of the campaign season, seeking the wisdom to vote for the candidate who would do the best job for our nation. I went to the voting office not knowing what my choice would be. But when I stood over the screen, with my finger poised above the two candidates, there seemed to be no question. I'll call that inspiration.

So there you have it. For good or for ill, my support goes to the fresh face and the fresh outlook. It really does come down to hope for a better future for all of us. That's all I want... a world where everyone wins.

This is not meant as an invitation to a debate. I respect the choices of my friends and colleagues, and politics is a touchy subject. But we live in troubled times, and I want to make sure my voice counts.


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sleepyjohn00
Oct. 7th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
OK, LJ has done a very strange twenty-column format on me, I think your tables confused it.

Anyway, two perspectives, on from the Unspeakable Vault of Doom!

and a simple question: if I can see the Moon from my house, am I qualified to be an astronaut?
ccdesan
Oct. 7th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Great Vault of Doom!

Why did I not doubt that you'd be the first one to comment? ;^)

You may understand how much agony I've been through over the last two years. And the choice was - even though I felt inspired - agonizing to make.

If I have to wear the scarlet "T for Traitor" on my coat for the next four years, so be it. Either choice was a calculated risk, so this is what came out of the line priner after I had submitted my deck...

secoh
Oct. 7th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
That's some clear and commendable thinking IMHO. If only more people thought things through as much as you clearly have.

So many people vote the same as their parents simply for the only reason that their parents have a particular point of view.

Politics is a touchy subject, but I feel it is something that SHOULD be discussed (as long as it can be done rationally).

Thanks for sharing!
ccdesan
Oct. 7th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
Thx, Secoh. This is the first election I've really done my homework on in a long time.
ffcj
Oct. 7th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
I think you got the table heads jumbled, last I looked Obama and Clinton were democrats, not republicans ;)
ccdesan
Oct. 7th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
Scheiße! Thanks, CJ - that's been fixed.

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