Jaded.

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To think, just five years ago, I was actively engaged in the Augusta State University Political Science Club. We helped over a hundred students on campus register to vote during one voter registration drive. We held a mock election for the 2000 Presidential race… I was entrenched in politics. I loved politics.

Now, I can’t stand it.

I’m tired of all the hate ads. I’m tired of candidates criticizing their candidates without offering anything substantive. I don’t care that “so-and-so bought this land” and “so-and-so is a big, fat liar”. What are YOU going to do to help my country? What are YOU going to do to help my state? What are YOU going to do to help my county? What’s that? No answer? I’m voting your stupid, ignorant, complacent rear off the island!

For too long we’ve lived with a two-party system. For too long have Democrats and Republicans been in control. They’ve grown complacent. They’ve shifted far too much towards the center. So much so, that the parties are indistinguishable from one another. Today is our opportunity to make a difference.

I’m voting Libertarian today. I know, I know, some races are too close to call, and you feel like if you vote for a candidate that’s not a Dem or Rep you’re throwing away your vote – but you couldn’t be more wrong. A vote against the establishment is a vote for real change. The more support Libertarians get in this election and the one’s that follow, the more the power structure in our government will change.

10 thoughts on “Jaded.

  1. I agree with you. I feel that there too much finger pointing and name calling and no real concentration on the future of this country. What will these candidates do to help me? I think with the Democrats taking control of both houses of Congress there will be little change. They will push for a Democratic agenda not the people’s agenda. They will do what will benefit themselves and not the people of this country. It is the same game just a different party.

    I am in the heart of this country’s political capital and hear about politics on a day to day basis. By taking a temporary job designing political direct mail I am part of the advertising problem. My exposure to the lengths at which candidates go to bash there opponent has further soured my opinion about the political system. However when I vote, I will vote for the best candidate until those candidates fail-then I must decide what must be done. If OUR voices are not represented through the individuals we put in office, we must act and become the voices that represent the people.

    Politics is a very dirty business. But every so often an individual does come around under the Republican, Democratic or Independent ticket that will represent their constiguents and we either must keep these people in office or become the candidate who will be this voice.

    I too want change. Just how we come about that change is the question.

  2. I agree with you. I feel that there too much finger pointing and name calling and no real concentration on the future of this country. What will these candidates do to help me? I think with the Democrats taking control of both houses of Congress there will be little change. They will push for a Democratic agenda not the people’s agenda. They will do what will benefit themselves and not the people of this country. It is the same game just a different party.

    I am in the heart of this country’s political capital and hear about politics on a day to day basis. By taking a temporary job designing political direct mail I am part of the advertising problem. My exposure to the lengths at which candidates go to bash there opponent has further soured my opinion about the political system. However when I vote, I will vote for the best candidate until those candidates fail-then I must decide what must be done. If OUR voices are not represented through the individuals we put in office, we must act and become the voices that represent the people.

    Politics is a very dirty business. But every so often an individual does come around under the Republican, Democratic or Independent ticket that will represent their constiguents and we either must keep these people in office or become the candidate who will be this voice.

    I too want change. Just how we come about that change is the question.

  3. I’m glad the elections are over. I’ve been tired of this election since at least July.

    Things are just the way they are… and there’s not much we can do to change them. Negative political ads work. Otherwise, politicians wouldn’t work. The depths to witch some candidates sink to make their opponent look bad is just sad. The desire to be in office, to have power, to have control, supercedes their need to be good people first. That is what has to change.

    We seriously need to push for major change in Congress. Things like Congressional limits will help keep the legislative body fresh. Too many politicians get into office, get comfortable, and stay well past their welcome. Those legislators are doing their country a huge disservice. The other thing voters can do, is show the two main parties that we’re not going to take their crap anymore. Seriously take a look at the Libertarian, Constitutional or Green Parties. They have some great ideas, and if we could get enough of them elected, they might make a real difference in government…

  4. I’m glad the elections are over. I’ve been tired of this election since at least July.

    Things are just the way they are… and there’s not much we can do to change them. Negative political ads work. Otherwise, politicians wouldn’t work. The depths to witch some candidates sink to make their opponent look bad is just sad. The desire to be in office, to have power, to have control, supercedes their need to be good people first. That is what has to change.

    We seriously need to push for major change in Congress. Things like Congressional limits will help keep the legislative body fresh. Too many politicians get into office, get comfortable, and stay well past their welcome. Those legislators are doing their country a huge disservice. The other thing voters can do, is show the two main parties that we’re not going to take their crap anymore. Seriously take a look at the Libertarian, Constitutional or Green Parties. They have some great ideas, and if we could get enough of them elected, they might make a real difference in government…

  5. I hear you man. I’ve voted libertarian for several years now, but I couldn’t do it this year. Actually I can’t really do it any longer. I feel too convicted to elect people that see their public service as a call to follow the message of Jesus which is clearly pro-peace and pro-justice. That means not just having a small government that stays out of our way, but having a government that is seeking to make a difference. This election was too important. Peoples lives were at stake and it wasn’t just about taxes and liberty this time. I had to do what I could to get the the republicans and the christian fundamentalists out of office. My votes didn’t do the help much in this very RED state, but people across the country that were thinking the same thing seemed to “get it” in large numbers.

    You should be really excited to know that voting can actually make a difference. I had become so jaded that I just figured everyone would follow along like sheep and keep voting on their pet 1 or 2 issues (aborting and gay rights) but they didn’t. We did it! We all proved that voters are listening AND THINKING. Even if the Dems don’t do much during the next 2 lame duck years, at least the political landscape will be changed and BOTH major parties will now realize that they have to actually listen to the voters before they open their big mouths. That is a major victory!

  6. I hear you man. I’ve voted libertarian for several years now, but I couldn’t do it this year. Actually I can’t really do it any longer. I feel too convicted to elect people that see their public service as a call to follow the message of Jesus which is clearly pro-peace and pro-justice. That means not just having a small government that stays out of our way, but having a government that is seeking to make a difference. This election was too important. Peoples lives were at stake and it wasn’t just about taxes and liberty this time. I had to do what I could to get the the republicans and the christian fundamentalists out of office. My votes didn’t do the help much in this very RED state, but people across the country that were thinking the same thing seemed to “get it” in large numbers.

    You should be really excited to know that voting can actually make a difference. I had become so jaded that I just figured everyone would follow along like sheep and keep voting on their pet 1 or 2 issues (aborting and gay rights) but they didn’t. We did it! We all proved that voters are listening AND THINKING. Even if the Dems don’t do much during the next 2 lame duck years, at least the political landscape will be changed and BOTH major parties will now realize that they have to actually listen to the voters before they open their big mouths. That is a major victory!

  7. I see what you’re saying, but let’s face it: Democrats and Republicans suck.

    Yes, voters spoke and Democrats regained power, but are they party of peace and justice? I wouldn’t go that far. I think this administration has been inept in how it’s managed the “war of terror” ;) but what do you think would happen to the United States if we just sat back and did nothing at all? I really don’t see how the Democrats want change, either. All I see from either side of the aisle is a desire to control things, gain more power, etc.

    At this point, we’ve committed ourselves to being in Iraq. To pull out now would be stupid. It’d give the “enemy” a clear win and it would encourage them to strike back at the US more and more. We need to dedicate ourselves further and solve the problem rather than walk away.

  8. I watched a PPS that someone forwarded to me, and it had something rather poignant in it I’d like to share:

    “Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American G.I. One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom.”

  9. I see what you’re saying, but let’s face it: Democrats and Republicans suck.

    Yes, voters spoke and Democrats regained power, but are they party of peace and justice? I wouldn’t go that far. I think this administration has been inept in how it’s managed the “war of terror” ;) but what do you think would happen to the United States if we just sat back and did nothing at all? I really don’t see how the Democrats want change, either. All I see from either side of the aisle is a desire to control things, gain more power, etc.

    At this point, we’ve committed ourselves to being in Iraq. To pull out now would be stupid. It’d give the “enemy” a clear win and it would encourage them to strike back at the US more and more. We need to dedicate ourselves further and solve the problem rather than walk away.

  10. I watched a PPS that someone forwarded to me, and it had something rather poignant in it I’d like to share:

    “Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American G.I. One died for your soul, the other died for your freedom.”

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