Sunday, November 12, 2006, 09:13 PM - Life
So, last Tuesday, right after work, I did my civic duty and cast my vote. I did this for a few reasons, none more important than the other.
First, I did it to speak my mind without resorting to hypocrisy. That is, it's one thing to whine about the government, and it's quite another to do something about it. In America, the most fundamental thing one can do about something is to vote. It's quick, and it's easy. Just like world 1-1 in Super Mario Bros. Before you can beat the Lizard King, you have to stomp on a few shrooms.
Second, I don't agree with the GOP actions, they currently lack the voice of reason. Some of their bullet points I really dig, others like the useless No Child Left Behind act, and their little war on terror just piss me off to no end. So I voted against them across the board. Rare for a Texan.
Thirdly, as much as I dislike the GOP, I also dislike the Dems. They seem to hate me, for whatever reason. The Dems actions are a bit to socialist for me. They enjoy anti-American ideas like federal mandated minimum wages. However, there are some bullet points they have I can dig. I voted against them. Not so rare for a Texan.
Fourth, I want the government to step back, to let the people decide what is best for the people, at the local level. We don't really need the feds making all the hard choices for everyone. In fact, it'd be best if they didn't make too many choices for anyone at all. Protect us from invasion, and uphold the constitution. That's it. We'll sort out the rest.
So that's why I voted. I was one of about 28,000 in Dallas County to see things my way, and that's fine by me. Some would argue that it was a wasted vote. That not voting for a popular party is stupid, and useless. At that point I can only pity the blind. The only vote wasted is the vote not cast. If you think you're only choice is the lesser of two evils, then face it, you're still submitting to evil. There are other options. It's only a two party system because you voted for it. If that's not what you want, you must vote accordingly!
The extremist left and right are now thankfully once again at near even odds with each other. This makes the federal government almost useless, and that's the second best thing we could have right now.