Well, here we go. Tomorrow is Election Day. About damned time!
I don’t think there’s anyone out there who isn’t completely tired of the whole process. In fact, I’ll bet they do it this way so that when your candidate loses, you’ll be so fricking tired of the whole thing, you’ll just say, “Yeah, whatever. Is the football game on yet?”
Well, just so the two or three of you who did not skip this post as soon as I said “election” can go on with your lives, I’ll get this out of the way quickly: I am voting for John Kerry.
Some of you are saying, “Well duh.”
Others are screaming, “Why, God, why?”
I say the same thing when I look at poll numbers that have the electorate split between the two candidates. How can such an utter failure of a President as George W. Bush be making this such a close race? To quote a line from Saturday Night Live: “How could anyone be losing to this guy?” To vote against him, there are a thousand reasons (at last count, 1546, actually). If you can think of a President who messed up on every issue before the nation (and I mean every fricking issue), I’d like to know who it was.
Is our economy better? No.
Is our health care system better? No.
Is our education system better? No.
Is the environment better? No.
Foreign relations? Hell no.
Are we safer? As the jeering face of Osama bin Laden reminds us, Bush can’t even get the bad guy he vowed to catch “dead or alive” three years ago.
One popular counter argument from Bush supporters goes like this: “Anyone who votes for Kerry is just voting against the President. Nobody says they’re voting for John Kerry.” Like it’s a bad thing to vote against someone.
Since when? When did “throw the bums out” become wrong? Does it mean that your vote doesn’t count? Just because you don’t like the policies of an incumbent, you have no business voting? Puh-leeze. If you’re voting for John Kerry just because he’s “anybody but Bush,” then good for you! That’s just as valid a reason to vote as any other, and don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for it.
For me, a big chunk of my vote will come from an anti-Bush stance. I don’t like the way he took us into a war under dubious pretense. I don’t like the PATRIOT Act. I don’t like his support of an anti-gay marriage amendment. I don’t like his environmental policies. And I really don’t like that damned smirk.
However, I am voting for John Kery. He has a plan to deal with Iraq that sounds better than “just hang tough.” He has a plan for getting health care coverage to the majority of Americans. He has a plans for education and the economy and a hundred other things. And even if all of them are just dreams on paper, they’re more than what Bush has published.
But there I go voting against someone again…