Erick, who appears to be despairing over the prospect of wasting any more time or energy on the Lt. Gov. race in this election, was kind enough to provide me with this soapbox, so I’m going to use it:
I’m a firm believer that voting is something which an informed populace is not only able to do, but is almost required to do. Likewise, I believe that the uninformed are almost duty-bound not to cast a ballot in an election, as not only is their doing so a slap in the face of the informed voter who has put so much work into preparing to vote, but it also all-but-negates the casting of an informed ballot by balancing it out with an uninformed one.
In this specific race/primary/election, I think, as always, it’s a matter of looking at the facts — ALL the facts — on each possible candidate, and voting with rationality and conscience. Don’t let the partisanship and divisiveness on either side weigh too heavily on you; simply decide, as you have done countless times before, which candidate best represents you, which would perform best in the job, which would be a better long-term officeholder, or which meets whatever other criteria to which you may wish to hold your selected representative, and cast your informed ballot for that man or woman.
While you cannot control any individual but yourself, you have all the power in the world to select that person which best represents you, and to push them one vote closer to office. In this nation/state/district/county of one man-one vote, that’s the greatest power you hold every two or four years. Don’t ignore it, don’t take it for granted…and always, always, always use it well.
Idealistic? Sure. Sue me. 😉