To Vote or Not to Vote, That is the Question

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. – Winston Churchill

I’m stumbling my way towards the voting booth. Will I or won’t I? If I don’t vote I’ll be neglecting my duty as a citizen. If I do vote I’ll be helping to choose which brand of horror the country will face as we move further into mass hysteria.

To vote or not to vote, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler -. If only Shakespeare were here, he could point me in the right direction. How come so much of our wisdom became lost in the past? Are we getting dumber every year or are we just clinging to our illusions and puns because we can’t face the real world?

Once I got past the contradiction between the image Obama projected of leading us to the Promised Land with his twirling baton and his blatant use of the race card (or having it invoked for him by the media and others while he assumed the cloak of an innocent man of virtue) and once I got past my awe and appreciation of the valiant hero McCain who sacrificed so much for his country, I realized they both present us with distorted images.

Who is the real Obama, the one who hides beneath his cloak? Judging from his past actions and the company he’s kept for the past twenty years why do so many people still trust him–simply for what he says? Which, you might notice, has also changed from one extreme to the other on important issues.  It is lofty rhetoric he excels at, until you listen to it enough times to realize how empty it is. Do we have to wait until it’s too late, until he’s in office, to see what he will do?

McCain has more to recommend him through his past actions, true heroism without the accompanying grand gestures of Kerry’s short heroic stance. But what has John McCain become? Somehow, the man we knew before 2000 seems to have disappeared and the one who took his place is looking more and more like George Bush, just older.

As for Hillary, the media accused her of feeling entitled to the presidency, yet it wasn’t Hillary but the Democratic Party that felt entitled. This was to be their year so they helped the media shoot her down, many of the party leaders believing Obama’s charm is the magic ingredient that will enthrall the country into voting the Democrats back into power. Once they fixated on Obama, the Democratic Party  stubbornly persisted in supporting him despite revelation after revelation of his lack of judgment.  They have foolishly shot themselves in both feet.

While the Republican Party, who only have half a foot left, is hopping its way towards the finish line.

2 Responses

  1. I always enjoy your posts, amanda, I just haven’t got around to commenting ’til now.

    I think you’ve summed up the situation exactly here.

    What to do? How to vote?

    Let’s hope the scene has changed more than a little by November. 😉

  2. I’ve done one thing already, changed my voter registration to Independent.. Now if only I had someone to vote for! Like you, I’ll hope the Universe takes pity on us all and make something right come out of all the wrongs done during this election cycle. Thanks for your comment.

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