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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Responsible Voting

Hey, guess what, if you can't tell by the 900 ads a day for candidates, election day is only a little way off. Luckily, like a bad case of gas it will pass. Unfortunately, like herpes it'll pop back up in a few years.

Since election day is close, and I've had a comment or two here and read many elsewhere on the election, I thought I'd bring up responsible voting.

What's responsible voting? How about actually researching a candidates position instead of listening to TV ads. How about voting on more than one issue. Make up your own mind, with facts, instead of listening to (or reading) pundits thoughts. Those are responsible ways to do things.

Responsible voting might even include voting for third party candidates who have no chance. I know the old argument on that one, 'it's a wasted vote'. No, in my mind a wasted vote is one for someone who doesn't best represent your values and thoughts, but has a chance to win. I have a lot of respect for the folks who voted for Nader in 2000, and Perot in 1992 and 1996. Those folks knew their candidates didn't have a chance, but still did what they thought was the right thing.

The worst voters, at least in my mind, are single issue voters. I don't care if your issue is taxes, school choice, abortion choice, Iraq, or global warming. If you are only voting for a candidate based on that one little issue in a world of tons of them, you're nuts, and probably going to get what you deserve in government.

The truth is, you probably can't find a candidate that agrees with you on every issue, and is going to vote exactly how you want on all legislation. That's why you need to research the candidates, and the claims both for and against them. Then figure out the one who best suits you. Sometimes it might surprise you and be someone from the party you don't normally vote for, but that's okay, then you can tout your independent thinking after the election.

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