Alrightie, readers, listen up. This is one of the very few times in which I will semi-rant about politics. Why? Because I simply do not invest my entire life and education into the political climate. In all honesty, I am not always politically aware and almost seldom active, unless it is time to vote. Politics are too unpredictable and I can't handle that kind of stress in my life. I'd rather deal with quantum physics. It's easier. Also, I have no official partisan affiliation. Why? Because I am an entire spectrum of different ideas and viewpoints. I am a liberal thinker with conservative values. How does THAT work? I'm not so sure, but I can tell you that some liberal ideas inspire me while others seem like the most idiotic jumble of jargon that I've ever heard of, and some conservative values sit well with me while others seem heinously legalistic, which I am no fan of.
Likewise, things about the Democratic party tick me off, and things about the Republican part tick me off. BUT, what ticks me off more is partisan politics, and the thing that ticks me off the VERY most is the people who try to convince me to vote partisan or straight-ticket. Can somebody please explain this concept to me, because it is absolutely baffling. (Of course, this statement does not apply to those who are officially and occupationally affiliated with a certain party; in that case, partisan politics make sense.) As a citizen of the USA as it were, who is proud to exercise her right to vote, I will review the statements and viewpoints of the political candidates of each political race prior to deciding who to vote for. Furthermore, for this election, I don't mind saying, my ballot reflected a relatively even distribution of the Democratic and the Republican parties. Of course, if both Democratic and Republican candidates didn't sit well with me, I would give up and just vote Libertarian (as long as the Lib didn't seem just as bad).
Here's my point, though. Why on Earth would a citizen trust that every candidate in one certain party reflects his or her values? When you actually look into the candidates, they don't all necessarily agree, even within the same party. How can people trust that they agree with the viewpoints of 100% of the candidates in ONE party? Especially in a country such as America, with so many ideas bouncing around, I am sometimes hard-pressed to find individuals that agree with me even a little bit, apart from basic common ground. Now we're putting faith in politicians just because they say that they are a member of a certain party, and since that certain party officially has a certain viewpoint, we assume that the certain politician adheres to it. It just doesn't make sense. I vote for people, not parties.
So the next time that somebody puts a door-hanger on my door knob urging me to vote partisan, I might throw up. It seems just as ignorant as the candidate-bashing political campaign advertisements on TV. I do not discourage activism, but I do encourage open-mindedness and education. Reading up on the candidates is always a good thing, and the only way that I would ever vote partisan would be if I thoroughly assessed the issues that are dear to me and each candidate, and still found only one party acceptable for my vote. I am an educated citizen of the US, and I vote accordingly.
So, to demonstrate my disapproval of blindly partisan politics, I thought I would use a picture from Halloween weekend.
Pretend that my sister in a bumblebee costume represents an annoying partisan political advocate, Republican or Democrat, buzzing into my ear and urging me to vote partisan. Disclaimer: This is absolutely NOT to say that all people who vote straight-ticket are ignorant, only to illustrate my disapproval of "blind" voting. Now, pretend that me dressed as Julia Child is really just me in real life. Obviously, I disapprove, and therefore, Julia Child disapproves.
In conclusion, far be it from me to tell anybody how to vote in particular. Vote however you want, just do it intelligently.