I just finished watching President Obama accept the Democratic nomination for Presidential candidate for the upcoming election. Last week, I watched Mitt Romney accept on behalf of the Republicans.
Without disclosing any political leanings I might have, because that’s a personal issue, I have made a few observances that I want to share.
- There is no Ideal Candidate.
- There is no Ideal Party.
- There are aspects to each that I like, and aspects to each that I don’t like.
- I think Electoral Votes should be obsolete. I believe the Popular Vote should be recognized.
- I think State-issued ID’s should be required for all voters.
- I seriously dislike mudslinging, and it doesn’t do anyone a disservice by saying “my opponent” and “they” instead of naming the person/party. Literal finger pointing feels like an attack.
- I don’t like people standing up to say they speak for me. I am female. I am a mother. I am a Christian. I am a worker. I am a business owner. I am an employee. I am a homeowner. It is impossible for another person or group of people to completely represent me, and I wish they would stop trying.
- Just because I am all those things does not mean I agree with those who are trying to speak for me. I do, however, respect those who speak to one or two of these things without acting like they speak for me in my entirety.
- I agree with many people on many things, but I don’t agree with just one person or party on all things.
- I am not looking forward to the abundance of negative political ads that are now anticipated.
- No one is perfect. I’m not. You’re not. I don’t expect the candidate I choose to vote for to be perfect.
- I do, however, believe public personas, particularly powerful politicians, have a duty and responsibility to maintain a better character. Not just a clean image; but actual character.
- I respect people who own up to their mistakes. I dislike people who shovel blame onto others.
- I think this country needs some major changes on some issues, and should remain hands-off on others.
- I’m worried that being Politically Correct will get in the way of Common Sense, and I’m worried that Bipartisanship is a thing of the past.
Anyway, part of me is looking forward to the election. Another part of me is terrified.
And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!