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Confession is good for the soul. Now that you have gotten that out of your system, it is time to learn
from your mistake and move on.
Why I’m not voting this year
Despite a break to hold
hands (and drop bombs) after
have a confession to make: I voted for Barack Obama.
Clearly, I screwed up.
We’ve talked about this before, but one of the few
serious conversations I had with my stepfather
as a kid took place around election time. He
lamented voting for Carter that day, but he as-
sured me it was “the lesser of two evils.”
I took that voting philosophy to heart. I’ve
always been one of those truly independent
voters. I’ve punched the ticket for at least as
many Democrats and Republicans over the
years. But as a journalist I’ve always avoided
associating with either party. I agree with
the Marx paradox on this one: “I
don’t want to be part of any
party that would have me as
Two years ago, roughly six weeks before the election,
the race remained a dead heat. Then the bankers fore-
closed on the house of cards our economy became. And
John McCain panicked. He wanted to stop the campaign,
have some meetings and figure things out. He looked like
the crazy old man from down the street yelling at the kids
to get off his lawn. And Sarah Palin, while offering a fresh
face, remained an enigma.
Obama projected an air of confidence and cool
leadership. It seemed like he kne w what he was doing.
(I’ll also admit “Slow” Joe Biden’s addition to the ticket
rattled me, but not as much as McCain’s performance
after the Lehman Bros. collapse.)
I guess I just gre w
tired of the increasingly
toxic political rancor.
Hell, I still am.
I pulled that lever for Obama with confidence. Despite the conventional wisdom, over the last 12 years, I
sa w a Democrat leave office with a budget surplus and
a Republican burn through all of it (and more) like
Bernie Madoff at an Amway party.
I think it started
halfway through Clinton’s
two terms. His popularity
grated on Republicans like
marbles in a cement mixer
Speaking of which, I got scammed, too. Instead of
tackling an anemic economy, a gorging deficit or cool-
ing the political rhetoric, this would-be political savior
decided to … tackle health care? Was that even part of the
campaign? Didn’t we have some other things to work out?
What happened to our priorities? Our common sense?
Obama’s spending — and willful oblivion — makes
me nervous. And the Tea Party worries me.
At any rate, things only got
worse with W., and it wasn’t
just about his politics. I think
his still-controversial electoral
win (by decision) split the electorate even more.
So I’m done. I just can’t bring myself to do it.
Starting today, I’m forsaking my stepdaddy’s advice
and adopting Emma Goldman’s philosophy, “If voting
changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
did y u know?
VOTERS AND HEALTH CARE REFORM
55% 48% 41%
of likely U.S.
voters at least
repeal of the new
health care law.
Democrats on the
handling of the
issue of health care.
now say the
care law will
be good for
Among voters who have
health insurance, rate
their coverage as
BenefitsSellingMag.com • November 2010 • Benefits Selling
Iread your comments in the November issue of Benefits Selling, and I feel a response is called for.
Still I think your stepfather gave you the best advice. As I used
to tell my mother, you won’t have the perfect candidate running, in
your eyes, until you run yourself. As citizens we must understand
what our core beliefs and principles are, and hold the candidate
next to them to decide which to choose. We cannot choose based
upon how they look or how smoothly they talk. It’s the words
themselves that make the difference.