I was raised by my grandmother. Not just any grandmother, but THE grandmother. Let me tell you, she is a believer in voting. She thinks voting isn’t just a choice we have as Americans, but an obligation. She especially thinks this is true of women, because we had to fight so hard to get the right to vote. She thinks it is an abomination that so few people turn out on election day.
I think she’s right.
I have voted since I was 18. It’s a big deal to me. I vote in local elections, presidential elections, even elections for dog catcher. If there is an election, I’m there.
But this time, I may be in trouble.
Here’s the thing: I have absolutely no idea who to vote for. The reality is that I don’t really want to vote for any of the current presidential hopefuls, but there’s this voice in my head that won’t stop saying “Not voting is the same as a vote for the opposition.” Fine. I get it. But from where I’m sitting, everyone is the opposition.
Let’s all be honest here. Have you looked at these people? I don’t even know what to say about Donald Trump. Literally, I have no words. Hillary Clinton just reeks of scandal and lies. I wouldn’t trust her if she told me the sky was blue. And Bernie Sanders? God bless him, I think his heart is in the right place, but apparently no one realizes that this country is not in a position to implement socialism, even “democratic” socialism, or that the power really lies with our senators and representatives. (As an aside, it breaks my heart to see all of these 20 and 30-somethings who think that a presidential candidate will actually do what he promises during his campaign. Oh, to be so young and naive again!)
I’m not getting into my political affiliations here. I refuse. That isn’t my point. I just want to know what the solution is when you don’t like any of the political candidates. I believe in voting. I hate to hear people say they don’t vote because it doesn’t make a difference anyway. I HATE it. It is our privilege, and yes, our obligation as Americans, to vote. But here I am, getting ready for a primary election, followed by a general election, determined that I will not cast a vote for any of the current candidates.
Really this post is just a plea for help. Someone help me. I’m drowning. Am I the only one who feels this way? Does anyone else want to cry when they see the current candidates on television? What do we do? There’s only one solution as far as I can tell.