I think there really should be a law that says presidential candidates cannot announce their candidacy until 9 months before the November election and all caucuses will be held on the same day about 4 months before the November election. Oh, and no one can do any sort of campaigning until the official start of the candidacy. The general election isn’t for 9 months and I’m SO sick of it. Anyway…
I promised myself that I wouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney just because he’s a Mormon. I think it’s ridiculous that so many people are voting against him because he’s LDS instead of looking at the issues to see if he really is the candidate for them. So I did my own bit of research and pondering and I believe Romney is the candidate for me. I’m sad to hear that he’s dropped out of the race, but I understand the reasons. More than I want Romney for a candidate, I don’t want Hilary Clinton. I’ll vote for just about anyone over her. Romney is just trying to give his party the strongest candidate. I think it’s a good idea. If I stick with the party I’m registered to, I think I will be voting for McCain. Since we’ve already had our caucus here in Arizona, there’s not much more I can do to make sure my party has a the best candidate. I now wait for the final candidates so I can make a good decision on who I think should be president.
No matter what my decision is, I honestly believe (and I’ve been saying this for about a year now) that Obama will be our next president. We’ll see if I’m right in November. Until then… if your state has not yet held their caucus, remember to go out and vote! Do the research and make an informed decision. Don’t vote for someone just because of what they do on Sunday morning. Make sure they actually have the values you want in a candidate. Make sure you know what their plans of action are. And help others around you be informed. Voter turnout in this country is atrocious! I think it’s something like an average of 1/3 of the registered population actually votes. How is that going to help make sure the right people are voted in to office? How is that representative of the people, if the majority of the people didn’t get their voice out there? We all say “If you didn’t vote, you can’t complain”, but we need to do more than that. If you know of someone who is registered but can’t get to the polling station for whatever reason, HELP them. I don’t care if they aren’t voting the same way as I am, I will still drive them so they can make their voice heard. Yes, it is that important to vote, people!
I know that this post is not well-written and is just one big ramble after another. These are just a few of the thoughts that have been going through my head lately. I rarely talk politics because I can’t stand the level of contention between people that goes on. I don’t care what party one belongs to, or if they are even in a party. I just want people to actually do something to make this the country we all think it is (or was, once upon a time).