I'll keep this one as short as possible. I don't want to cause a fuss of any sort, I just want to get this out, as I've had to sit through many incredibly ignorant political debates within the past...I can't even remember how long now.
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I'll be eternally happy once both George W. Bush and John Kerry are as far from power in this world as physically possible. I'm sick of Bush's incessant ideas that we have to play bully to the world. Not police, but bully. I suffered through Bush's governorship in Texas. It's amazing how someone can hate teachers so much when his wife is one. I didn't vote for him before because I wasn't old enough, and I'm not voting for him now because I do NOT like him, as a person, as a governor, or as a president. And I'm sick of people who want to vote for John Kerry because he's not Bush. I will admit, it is an ingenious bit of marketing, going with a campaign similar, in concept, to Jimmy Carter's 'outsider' bit. However, it's no way to get into a position of authority over 293 million people. When people vote for the lesser of two evils, evil still, invariable, wins. I have a feeling that he's going to get into office, if he gets elected, and realise he has no idea how in the hell you run a country. It's not going to be pretty, regardless.
So, I've decided, upon much research and self deliberation, that I'm voting for David Cobb, who's running on the Green Party ticket. Their policy is, by far, the closest to my own ideas about for a socio-economic system. I realise that voting for a third party will have little or no effect on the general election, but I've realised that what matters is making a statement. It doesn't matter how many hear the statement, only that it is made.
I'm not going to try and convince anyone who they should vote for. I do insist that, if you are in the United States, and old enough, you do vote in this election. The simple fact of the matter is that one vote can make all the difference in the world, whether it's used for or against someone, and, if nothing else, when you don't vote in a democratic election, you then lose any right to bitch to me about the state of the nation because part of the blame is now squarely on your shoulders. Vote for something, someone. Vote for what you believe in. Vote for YOU. Do the research because it does affect you, whether you want to believe it or not. It's up to all of us. If you're in another country and you have any say in the process political in your own nation, the same ideas apply. I'm sick of people complaining about things that they take no action in when they could have. I don't care who you vote for. It's not my place, my right, or my desire to tell you who to vote for. Just do it. Do it for yourself, if nothing else.
'He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.'
'Tomorrow will take us away,
Far from home--
No one will ever know our names,
But the bards' songs will remain.
Tomorrow, all will be known,
And You're not alone,
So don't be afraid
In the dark and cold
'Cause the bards' songs will remain.
They all will remain
In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind....
Come close Your eyes;
You can see them, too.'
The Bard's Song: Into the Forest