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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voting Independent

As I have mentioned in this protracted political series here on the blog, when I came of voting age I sat down to read about the parties I could align myself with.

I liked many things I saw. There were things I did not like. In the end it felt like no one party completely represented all that was important to me.

I am all for peace for instance but I am a military BRAT. Meaning both of my parents were soldiers. I also understand that the 50 united mostly connected states are a huge target. We must be prepared to defend ourselves and help others in need.

I believe there are things the government should do, handle, regulate and over see. The vast majority of things I understand that states should have control over.

Both major parties have been involved in scandals and perhaps worse, politics as usual. I might love some really new fresh non partisan ideas. I am still waiting.
So I signed on as an Independent.

I was more liberal as a wayward teen. I enjoyed being under Clinton. I also had no problem sitting under the Bush’s maybe they reminded me of the elders in my past.

I take an interest in issues represented by propositions on my ballots. I care about the officials we elect because character matters.

I try to assess them by their actions, stance and record not just party affiliations.

When new parties pop up into view I take a serious moment to look over what they represent. I am not so locked in to the two major sides that I cannot conceive of more or different.

If it seems or sounds confusing to think of contemplating multiple parties it is really not.

I know more people struggle with accepting whole party platforms. I hope they do not do it out of fear and miss information.

There are some restrictions when voting as a registered Independent but there are restrictions and implications when registering with parties as well.

I have no regrets or misgivings.

I like being free to do what I feel the country needs not just what one group expects from me. I usually run just a little off the grain and or grid. This is not collective think. We are individuals.

So I registered last month. I have moved too many times in the past four years. I finally went to vote by mail. Not because I want to mail it in. I do that so I can sit at home to fill out my ballot.

The day of I just want to drop off my signed envelope and get my sticker!

I hope you voted AI, D, G, I, L, P…maybe…, R or something other. We could use that write in slot to sweep the country for change one year!

For now there is plenty on the ballots to get behind. Individual issues not party affiliations.

That is the life blood of any nation. Citizens have to grasp hold of that. 

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  1. Right on girl! I’m registered ‘unaffiliated.’ I like what you said here. “This is not collective think. We are individuals.” I voted early this year and cast my ballot for those who aligned with my moral values. Nuff said.

    1. Glad to know I am not alone. I am not sure I could do it too early with so much up in the air. Still yes there are core issues that are unchanging. This will be and exciting night!

  2. I have several friends who did the absentee vote thing so that they could have time to look the ballot over and think through and research the choices. That's a really good idea. I like to vote in person at the polling place, though. I like to see how many others are showing up to vote. :-)

    1. Oh I go to the polling place. I just go with my envelope. Less wait time. Even before that when I lived in the same place through a few elections so I was more familiar with my polling place and reps, it was an old couples garage, I would pour over my info before going so I was prepared.

  3. I have to say, it was pretty fascinating to watch the US Election from the sidelines (all the way over here in Australia!).
    Beautifully said, Mesa! And congratulations on your guest post. Kind Over Matter is very special.
    How have you been since Blogtoberfest? I just wanted to let you know that I’m hosting another (albeit gentler and more introspective) blog challenge over the month of December called #reverb12.
    Would be so rapt if you joined us!
    There’s a little giveaway too. :-)
    Details here:
    Take care,
    Kat xxx

    1. The world was watching. It was fascinating to see this in real time. I was not sure what to make of it since people are always complaining about the USA as big brother and how we stick out noses in places it does not belong. Why then should the nations care about our politics? lol sigh

  4. PS I am so sorry about the "Mesa/Kind Over Matter" line... the joys of copying and pasting. I am clearly a nong!!
    PPS I guess we can't ignore the fact that the USA is a global superpower and that whoever holds the top job is going to impact the rest of the world. But I have to say the spectacle was also quite compelling. Most of the coverage I watched was via The Colbert Report! ;-)

    1. Oh no problem with the text. I understand.

      Yes, it has been interesting to come of age in this time. I can understand how the world feels and as well as how other Americans think. It is a fascinating place to be.

      Never a dull moment that is for sure!