Here’s my Official Presidential Primary Ballot:
Now watch this short video:
Yep… that was an official ballot…. A complete waste of paper, postage, money and time…
I typically vote in most all elections. Had there been something worth voting for, where my vote would actually matter I would have kept it, voted and (paid) to mail it back in… (that’s an entirely different matter that you can read my thoughts on here: http://wp.me/s2RcFA-126 )
But what would have been the point in voting in this particular election? Washington State’s delegates are chosen by 1 county in all reality, the most populous county that is 99.99% left liberal democrat. Most of the state is actually Republican, but the population in King County makes it next to impossible for Republicans to get anywhere in federal elections anyway. Not that I am even a Republican any more, I officially disown that party. I disown all political parties in American politics at this point. I agree with some of what Republicans think, some of what Democrats think, some of what Libertarians think, most of what Centrists think, but I prefer, at this point, to not be affiliated with any of them and vote for individuals.
But that isn’t my point with burning my ballot! This was a symbol of my utter disgust with this election, this sad embarrassment to our great nation. You can go back in history and say that there have been many controversial elections, many people who said ” if so and so got elected in 18XX the Country would be finished”. Shoot, you can even go back to when Obama was elected and point to people who claimed that would happen (oh and in case you haven’t noticed we’re still here, and not really that bad off, not perfect but not too bad).
I have, at least since my military days, said a few things that I strongly believed:
- You don’t have to respect the man ( now a days I would have to say “person” to be PC) but you do have to respect the position…. I have done that and practiced what I preached. Even with President Obama, I didn’t vote for him, but once he won, I respected the position. I don’t have to agree with all the policies, and I can vote for lower offices and try to get the people in office that will help to change things to my way of thinking, it rarely works, but it does work ( Rep. Dave Reichert https://www.facebook.com/repdavereichert/?fref=ts is one example of a “win” for me)
- If you don’t vote, don’t complain
- change happens at the local level.. grass roots & individual choice and action is the only way to make real change.
I find that it’s time in my life to revisit those items and adjust some of my thinking
- I do respect the position of President of the United States of America, at least I do today. No I haven’t voted for a winner since George W. Bush but I have still respected and not spoken harshly or disrespectfully, especially openly in public about whomever has been in the position since. I used to vote straight down the Republican ticket, those years are long past and for at least the last 15 years, I vote for the person or the issue regardless of party affiliation. I read the voter’s pamphlets, research the issues and cast my vote with my conscience and that is not straight down any party line. However, with this upcoming election for the office of President, I cannot, in good conscience, vote for any of them. Each for various reasons that I need not go into. I also will not be able to respect the person in the office if it is Hillary or Trump and I may truly lose my respect for the office itself if either of them inhabit it. I could possibly respect Senator Sanders if he were to somehow get the delegates needed for the nomination, though I personally don’t agree with his policies, he’s the most respectable of the three still in the running, though he still won’t get my vote. Not that my vote for president or any of our votes matter for that particular office. The lower offices yes our votes matter and I will cast mine as I see fit. Not for President – it’s been well established that our votes do not matter – if you aren’t aware of how that works or why, here’s a great article on that – http://hubpages.com/entertainment/4-Reasons-Why-Your-Vote-for-US-President-Doesnt-Matter Oh and Washington State’s vote… yeah well it’s always already decided before our “polls” close… so unless it’s Bernie Sanders or some crazy dark horse candidate, I will be one of those folks that lose all respect for the office… sad, extremely sad, but true. I will be keeping a close eye on who Hillary and Trump choose for VP’s as that person may very well end up with the job…. And if so I may regain the respect for the position.
- If you don’t vote you can’t complain…. I just had this discussion with a friend of mine which caused me to rethink my position on this, strangely enough they are the one that posted that statement, which made me think…… and I reversed my previous stance believe it or not, old dogs can learn new tricks.. seriously I learn something new every single day, and I challenge my own thoughts and beliefs regularly and I probably challenge other’s beliefs too often hahaha… That friend posted that statement… a statement that I used to believe… but as of the past few years, I have really been interested in Constitutional law and various rights & civil liberties, ranging from equal rights for all, gun and property rights to free speech rights…a pretty wide spectrum. But, that research, reading, arguing, debating and discussing has made me realize that even if you don’t vote… ( you really should, at least at the local level) you still have the right to complain if you want.. please note that I say you have the right… if you choose to exercise that, you also are choosing to face the consequences of your actions in people exercising their right to talk back to you about your choice not to vote. So yes I have changed my position on my younger way of thinking but really it’s a bit of semantics….either way one thing to note, is that in that Facebook “conversation” I didn’t make my point very well and ended up ticking off that friend, who I respect. I have since apologized in a private message and hopefully got forgiveness and had my explanation of what I was trying to say get across… if not, here, publicly I again apologize for my inflammatory remarks of your post that was taken down when you were trying to make a decent point on your voting day to get others to vote.
- Change… affecting change… this view hasn’t really changed but it’s grown. I have seen it work, I’ve helped it work. Change on a large scale is extremely rare but it is possible with small steps, small actions, grassroots is the way that change really happens. That is changing with the advent of Social Media, but even there it starts small , a single post typically, a few likes, a couple shares, it gains momentum and poof it’s viral and anyone can pee wherever they are most comfortable peeing (which I happen to agree with). On voting for your local candidates – get to know them, meet them, look them in the eye, listen to them, ask tough questions, watch & LISTEN to their responses and hold them accountable. Change is Possible, but you have to put effort into it and start locally.
Bottom line – yes I burned my presidential primary ballot …. But rest assured I will be voting for my local and national representatives, for my local and national initiatives and will do what I can to make a difference, as I do most every day in some small way, not just with votes but with actions – the actions that I always leave you with:
Stay Safe, Be Kind, Keep the Park Clean, Pay it forward, Make a Difference and One Love – http://wp.me/p2RcFA-3Z