It’s finally the eve of Election Day – and I have never been so excited!
I don’t usually talk about politics. It usually leads to arguments. But I’m not going to talk about who or what I’m voting for. I just wanted to vent a little. I’m getting really annoyed with the political ads on TV, just as I’m sure we all are. And this time around, we’ve been bombarded with pamphlets in our mailbox. They usually just get tossed without a second look, but seeing who they’re addressed to has caused quite a bit of eye rolling between my husband and I.
“To Mr. Mel Fowle”
Really? Mister? And Mel isn’t even my legal name!
One of my favorites was one that was addressed to Mr. Mel Fowle and Mr. Fowler. So, according to certain candidates, we’re a gay couple with similar last names…? I try not to pay attention to who sent us such flyers. I’m hoping it’s not the fault of the candidate that our names and how we are addressed were so mixed up. I’d like to focus on the major issues when it comes to voting.
And I won’t even go into the phone call I got at work the other day. Okay, I will… First, she mispronounced my boss’ name. Then, when I told her he wasn’t there, she asked me if I was a registered voter. As incredibly annoyed as I was, my choice of words was very polite. My tone, however, was not. (I think I made her nervous. Mission accomplished.)
I’ll be honest – both candidates for president kind of scare me. Obama didn’t do all he promised: there are still too many people in this country that can’t find work, we need more corporate regulations, health care sucks, and our soldiers are still dying in the Middle East. And Romney, frankly, scares the crap out of me: his views are based too much on his religious believes, and he has yet to reveal exactly how he plans to improve our economy.
Then there is the Maine senate seat left open by Sen. Olympia Snow. In the lineup, we’ve got Republican Charlie Summers – an Illinois native, small businessman, and veteran of the Iraq War. Next we’ve got Democrat Cynthia Dill – a New York native who strongly supports gay marriage, improving education, and the rights of children and the disabled. And finally, there is former Independent Maine governor Angus King – a native of Virginia fighting for the development of alternative energy, is passionate about expanding technology in our local schools, supports gay marriage and is pro-choice. I’d sure like to see a Maine-native in the race, but these are the choices.
There will be plenty of conundrums tomorrow, and I’m sure the fanfare will trickle its way through the rest of the week. All I know is that I can’t wait for it to be over.
So, whatever party or candidate or referendum, I only ask one thing of my fellow Americans: VOTE on November 6th, 2012!