What are you voting for?
Tomorrow is an important day for the U.S., as voters head to the polls to decide who will be a part of the U.S. Congress and who will take the 36 Senate seats currently up for grabs.
When heading to the polls, it’s important to decide which issues are the most important to you, and to vote based on your convictions.
Are there any good choices?
With politicians and parties becoming ever more polarized, you might find the choice to be between two unpalatable polar opposites. Instead of reasonable debate and discourse, politicians have often resorted to slanderous name-calling as well as hateful messages and attack ads. There appears to be no middle ground between these two factions.
When you have two increasingly polarized parties, it is obvious that half the country is going to be unhappy with the outcome. Can you be simultaneously for and against Obama-style health care? How about stimulus spending and make-work projects? Can you be both for and against them? If the country is evenly split on these policies, then if 51% end up voting for one party, half the country is going to be unhappy with the election results. Thus is the result of a dog-eat-dog world of winner-take-all democracy!
What if you don’t like the current choices?
The current choices are two sides of the same coin, but either way, you are choosing a system that you might not necessarily agree with. Maybe you believe in a free choice of schools and an end to monopolies, or maybe you believe that the state should control all schooling. Maybe you believe that a person’s sexuality is their choice and not a moral question for the government to decide, or maybe you believe that it’s the state’s business to legislate against what it deems to be “immoral” behaviors. Maybe you believe that the U.S. military is overextended and should be pulled in, or maybe you believe that the U.S. should occupy the entire Middle East. Whatever your beliefs are on these and many more issues, you are not likely to find any change on current policy with either of the two mainstream parties. In the end, you might have to go with what you perceive to be the “lessor of two evils”.
What’s at stake?
Although this video is meant to “scare”, I found it interesting. Be sure to check out the parody video afterwards, too. The Biz of Life is also hosting these videos, among with many other interesting videos.
Keeping things in perspective
As polarized and hateful as US-style politics seems to be becoming, things might not be as bad as they seem. Check out these clips showing the “democratic process” at work in other countries.
So, reader, which issues are the most important to you? As a Canadian, I am observing these elections from afar. I am nonetheless interested in the outcome, and I hope that the choices made tomorrow will lead to better outcomes down the road for our friends in the south and for everyone.