I know that I only touch on politics occasionally. This is surprising since I spent three years as a Political Science major at Wright State University. At WSU, there were some very knowledgeable professors I had the honor of taking classes with, so you’d think I’d write more on politics. Right now, I just don’t have too much to say on the topic.
I know those of you who know me well are thinking, “You?! Dominick?! Don’t have anything to say on a topic you know a considerable amount about? That’s a first!”
Truth be told, I feel like I’ve spent the last year venting verbally about all of the crap that was going on election-wise. I’m to the point where I’m nearly vented out. I knew none of my options were going to be perfect, not even Hillary, whom I had hoped to be voting for come November 2008. Still, I know what the economy was like under the Clintons and while Bill made his mistakes (I’m not in love with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and that whole Rwanda genocide thing was a terrible disappointment), I always knew that I could afford food and gas was, at one point, less than a dollar. I remember the days of 99 cents during the Clinton administration, the first time gas dipped that low since I was a kid.
Heck, I remember my dad being pissed off when gas cost over $1.30. If he were still alive he’d be having a shit fit that gas has hit $4.00 and doesn’t dip below $3.70 where I live (which has to be similar to Toledo’s pricing considering I only live 2 hours away from where I grew up). Sadly, I don’t see the price of gas dropping drastically any time soon, but if anyone could get the price back down to something at least somewhat reasonable, I believe that person is Hillary Clinton. Needless to say, stupid people are supporting Barack “Taxman” Obama instead.
I don’t get why people do not see that we’ll be screwed either way. Obama plans to raise taxes, taxes and more taxes for everyone. Honestly, taking our money out elsewhere to put more money in the gas fund doesn’t help the problem. It just shifts the money distribution around. Don’t even get me started on Barack’s plan for the massively growing unemployment rate for the disabled (approaching the 80%’s I believe?). It’s bad enough that everyone is unemployed. Sheltered workshops for one of the most vulnerable minority groups in America isn’t the answer to the problem. Remember Barack, separate but equal didn’t work in the South and it won’t work now with the disabled community!
John McCain is a Republican. Therefore, he and I automatically disagree on GLBT rights, keeping troops in Iraq without talking about and planning for an eventual withdrawl, and abortion to name a few topics. I believe he has way more experience when it comes to both war and foreign policy than Barack. I’m just worried about what he plans to do to all of us back home.
So, what is a person to do? I’m seriously considering not voting in this election. This will be the first time I haven’t voted since I became of the voting age. That’s three presidential elections and numerous state and local ones. I believe in voting. I believe it is one of those inalienable rights we as Americans have been given. I don’t believe in squandering such a right, so not voting is very hard for me to even think about. Still, I also believe you shouldn’t vote for someone you don’t believe in. I don’t believe in either candidate and think both of them are equally as bad for this country, though in different ways.
So, what’s a guy to do when he doesn’t like the voting choices, but doesn’t believe in not voting? That’s the real question.