Sunday, November 2, 2008

For All You Undecided Voters: my low soapbox

The presidential election is a day away, and though I’ve already voted, I’ve spent a lot of time questioning why exactly I voted for my candidate. It started when an “undecided” coworker and I were waxing politics, and I realized I was voting intuitively, rather than based on political positions. “Okay,” she’d said, “so you trust him, but what about the issues?” I didn’t have an answer. I know the arguments from both parties, and both candidates have effectively shown me how each other’s policies, from health care to warfare, can fail. But I trust one of them, and when he speaks, I listen closely to what he is saying because his intellect commands respect and because I truly feel inspired by his desire to make the United States...good again. He kept his campaign above reckless political smears, striking his opponent on issues instead of focusing on the other man’s wealth of character flaws or sensational political stunts. I trust him because he thought carefully before choosing a person whom he thought would best serve the US as Vice President. He never pounced on his opponents’ verbal slip-ups or feigned righteous outrage when the ugly reality of this country was expressed, and he never insulted my intelligence by twisting words to meet the needs of his argument. These simple things come together to demonstrate a high character and plain goodness that I’ve always looked forward to in one of the most powerful people in the world, and while I’m usually cynical and view politics as shady, self serving, and worst of all, ephemerally unimportant, I’m hopeful for the first time in a long, long time.

I haven’t mentioned the candidate I want to see as President by name, but you know who I’m talking about. The question to ask now is how. How did you know it was one and not the other?
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