Remember Pat on Saturday Night Live who was always so confused? Well, that’s me the day before the election. I’ve heard the debates, read ad nauseam, listened to the talking heads on TV and still am not sure which presidential candidate would really be the best choice for all Americans.
Both candidates agree that the political system is broken, and with the parties being so polarized my bet is that it will stay that way until someone makes a really honest effort at working both sides of the aisle. That causes me to wonder if Obama is capable of accomplishing that or has he burned so many bridges that it is impossible. Should that be the case, is Romney a better choice? Ah, more cause for confusion.
There are so many issues that will be influenced by this election. I would like to think the economy is at the top of the list, but jobs, education, the appointment of Supreme Court judges, Roe v. Wade, health care, foreign relations, etc., etc., etc. are also there, and I haven’t heard from either candidate statements that would make me think he has the answers. Still confused? You bet.
One of the things that makes me saddest about this or any recent election is that candidates have to take a stand on social issues like women’s health and equality or same sex marriage. In my opinion, those are common sense decisions based on equal opportunity and should not be politicized.
My decision on who to vote for is certainly not influenced by the amount of money spent on the campaign. Even though the funding comes from private donations, the gross expenditures are not easy to stomach. I can’t help but wonder what donors hope to gain in return or to imagine how much better that money could be spent if it were donated to worthy causes.
Enough! As I think about pushing the button tomorrow, I get more confused. Part of me doesn’t want to vote, but that being such a privilege, I know that staying away is not the right thing to do. No matter who I vote for or who is elected, I have confidence that the election will be a peaceful process and for that I am very grateful.
If you are solidly a Republican or a Democrat, it is likely you have no problem choosing a candidate, but for those of us who are in the middle, I believe the choice is a little more difficult. Are any of you finding the same to be true?
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