“The American people probably aren’t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I’ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.” — John Boehner.
That is essentially what the election boils down to, a vote for or against Obama. Most won’t vote for Romney because he’s a great guy, because he’s the most qualified candidate, or because his policies are what’s best for the country but because they hate Obama.
The issues don’t matter, not that they’ve mattered in the last few elections. What’s best for America is irrelevant. Politics is all rhetoric anyway. The election has been reduced to a personality contest. It’s like voting for student council president.
It has been quite a while since I’ve gone to the polls with the intention of voting for a candidate rather than voting against the other candidate. Often, voting for President is like deciding which STD is better for you. You’re going to get fucked either way and you’ll have to live with whichever disease you get.
The two-party system has outlived its usefulness. Non-partisan politics isn’t going to happen so maybe it’s time for other political parties to join the fray to mix things up, make things interesting and at least give us an enhanced illusion of having a choice. We need to send a message to the Republicans and the Democrats and tell them that neither party is doing what’s right, neither of them is meeting the needs of the nation.
I am seriously considering voting for a 3rd party candidate in November. Some may say that I’m throwing away my vote but the way I see it, voting Republican or Democratic this November is just continuing the cycle of dysfunctional politics and the perpetuation of business as usual in the government. To cast a vote for more of the same regardless of which party occupies the Oval Office is a waste of a vote. If enough votes are denied both candidates, it may send a message that our votes should not be taken for granted and that they are not for sale.