|added Sun October 31 2004 at 1:36 AM
|I got my ballot in the mail today. Unfortunately, I now am faced with the problem of being an *extremely* uninformed voter. I figured I wasn't going to get the ballot, so I didn't really research it much. I'm not currently living in Arizona, so I haven't been bombarded with ads for or against anybody to help me make my decision. So, for the past hour or so, I've been googling candidates and propositions to get more information. I figured I might as well fess up to why I'm making the choices as I make them. Keep in mind that by the time that I list a decision here, I've already comitted it to ink on the ballot, so don't bother trying to convince me otherwise.
First of all, I went through and voted for all the unopposed candidates. I don't know any write-ins this year anyway. I then voted yes to retain all the judges listed. I tried searching for a couple of them to see if there was any reason to not keep them, but the only information I could find saying to vote yes or no on any of them was a Democrat listing the parties and saying to vote no for all the republicans and yes for all the democrats. This disgusted me, because judges are supposed to not be influenced by political parties (strictly theoretical, I know). Plus, I despise anybody that thinks that a person is a good or bad candidate for any position based *only* on which party they are a member of.
There's more to read. Read the extended entry.
|added Sun October 31 2004 at 1:51 AM
|You may have noticed on the previous entry (yes, I know none of you will read that before this, but I actually intentionally did this) that I didn't say how I voted for president. In reality, the only reason why I'm voting this year (I'm not sure if I voted last year) is because it's a presidential race. That might not be the "proper" reason to vote, but cut me some slack... at least I'm voting. Unfortunately, I don't really like either candidate.
I don't think Bush did a very good job (although he did exceed my expectations in some aspects), but I don't like Kerry. One thing I must admire about Bush is that he is always very clear where he stands. Where most politicians would be playing doublespeak games, Bush comes out and says what he thinks whether he feels it's popular or not. The tides of public opinion are way too volatile to always rely on the public to want the right thing, especially since the masses (like me) are rather uninformed most of the time.
On the other hand, Bush still refuses to even contemplate that maybe the war in Iraq wasn't such a great idea. We succeeded at getting Sadam, but we've yet to make any real progress in getting ourselves out of the mess we're in there. We can't leave without establishing a government that can continue to run the country, but it seems that most Iraqis simply don't want us there.
I fear that where Bush has always been very clear (not the brightest guy for sure, but at least consistent), Kerry will tell us whatever he thinks we want to hear regardless of the reality of the situation or where he stands.
Sometimes, I lean toward voting for Kerry because Bush seems to have failed us. Other times, I lean toward voting for Bush because I feel that Kerry could do much worse for us. And now I have 24 hours to decide.
Wish me luck.