As a private citizen of the United States of America, I believe wholeheartedly in the secret ballot. A voter enters a voting booth and casts his vote according to his conscience, in private.
But, as a blogger, I write about my opinions and my views on topics that interests me. The 2008 US Presidential Election interests me.
I have heard many times over that this election is “Historic”. My belief is that every election is historic. During the primaries, a woman was running for President, though this was not the first time a woman has campaigned to be President. During a previous election, and also during 2008, Alan Keyes ran for President. Keyes is an African-American conservative Independent. If the gender or race of a candidate makes an election historic, then the candidates of this year’s election are not historic or groundbreaking.
What might be historic about this election is the phenomenal interest, money, and excitement generated by the nominees of the Democrat and Republican parties. Hopefully, the topic of “Change” espoused by the Democrat nominee, Barack Obama, will not only be change from the current administration, but more importantly; a change in how we view elections, and how we, as Americans, involve ourselves in the election process. This is the kind of change future elections need.
With that being said, change is taking place in the Robison household as we go to the polls tomorrow. My oldest son, who had Republican leanings during the primaries has decided that he will vote for Barack Obama in tomorow’s election.
My wife has decided that she will encourage further change in the election process by advocating and supporting the dissolution of an archaic two-party system and encouraging a more diverse candidate pool. She will be voting for Independent Ralph Nader.
And the moment you have all been waiting for–I have carefully considered the issues most important to me and have decided to break with my Democratic party and I will be voting for Senator John McCain.
I agree that this is a time when the country needs change; we need a transition away from the last eight years. John McCain represents this transition. We do not need a revolution against the past, but rather an evolution toward the future.
Whether you agree with me or disagree, I encourage each of you to make the trip to your voting booth tomorrow. Stand in line, smile, chat with your neighbor, and make a little history for yourself, as you should on every election day.
“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.”
–Walter H. Judd
“Getting Political” is a semi-regular feature of “On The Road With Dave”. While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; “Getting Political” allows him to stretch that imagination.