I have mentioned before that I don’t really get political here. Who I vote for is between me and my dangling chad. But this election? This election has me absolutely fascinated. I have actually enjoyed watching bloggers talk about the issues. I have learned a lot from following some of the political blogs and listening to all sides and supporters of all the candidates. I will admit I have hidden under my desk in fear over some of the shove this down your throat tactics that some bloggers take. Because seriously? You people scare the snot out of me! But overall? Overall, this has been the most fascinating election year I can remember. And I am old enough to remember many.
I was reading a post yesterday by Julie of Mothergoosemouse that was incredible. She grabbed me by the title alone. (Because? Hello? That is me!) Her post titled I still don’t know who’ll get my vote, but at least I know why I don’t know is really a must read if you are even partially following this election process. And how can you not be? Even a little.
Julie brings up a great point in that even if you don’t know who will get your vote and you have not aligned behind one person, you may not know exactly why.
That is one of the things that fascinates me this time around. This time, I won’t vote by party, popularity or because of any other reason that doesn’t focus on issues that are important to me. I will confess to you, I have rarely fully (and I mean fully) researched candidates before I have voted for them. Sometimes I vote with the “who is the lesser of two evils” mentality, yet still not fully knowing where candidates stand on all of the issues that matter to me.
I love that history is being made. I love that because there are such strong opinions and such strong candidates that people are talking about it. Talking about issues…not simply mud-slinging. Oh, sure, there is the mud, but that is to be expected. It just seems that this go around, there is conversation. Real conversation. And that, my friends, will get my informed (and opinionated) butt to the polls.
I may not know which candidate will get my vote, but I do know that when I decide it will be the most educated political decision of my voting life. As it should be.