I went to lunch today with a local Mom’s group, and I was talking with a friend of mine that hates Bush as much as I do. We normally try to watch who we confess this to, because you just never know how passionate people are going to be with their Bush love here in Texas. So I quietly said, “I didn’t watch the debates last night because I was afraid I might gouge my eyes out with a spork. Because … well, you know.” She knew, and admitted she didn’t watch for the same reason. The other woman asked me what I was talking about. Great. This is my first time around this group, and I’m about to confess my Bush sentiments. Big deep breath. I quickly and quietly say that I just don’t like Bush, and I haven’t since he ran for Governor. (If you want more of a scoop on why I feel this way, search the archives. It’s all in there.)
She asked me if I was going to really study the candidates and learn what they are about. I mean, would I really vote for Kerry if he wasn’t “for” the things I believe in?
That’s when I had to face the truth. Yes, yes I would. I would give Kerry my vote, no matter what. I dislike Bush so much, I could never vote for him. I lean Republican on some issues, but he will never ever get a vote from me.
But I don’t live in a “swing state” – we haven’t even really had presidental ads on TV here in Texas, it’s just a given that Bush will win here. I will laugh though if Kerry won out of the blue here. Wouldn’t that be a riot?
She was right though – you should educate yourself before you vote. Most of my education seems to come from
Mac and Chuck (who covers a lot of local election issues, more important to me because my vote in the presidential election probably won’t matter much.) There are a lot of other resources out there, so I want to encourage you to learn all you can about the candidates and then GO VOTE. Don’t think your vote is trivial and meaningless; if everyone voted, many elections would go a different way. Do your part. Do your civic duty. VOTE.
And if you’re not registered, don’t forget to do something about that immediately. The deadline is NOW. Visit Rock The Vote for more information on how to register for your state. 200,000 more in 2004!