About a week ago, She of We received a phone survey regarding the upcoming Presidential election. Buried among other questions was the crux of the survey, and the crux of the matter. “If the election was held today, would you vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?” Why only two choices?
That’s the problem with this entire election. This and several before. We are presented with two candidates for a job neither has the qualifications for. And we have to make a choice. So here is our choice. None of the above, but far from nobody.
In the beginning, all ballots were written, and all candidates were write-in. Even then there were political parties but the emphasis 230-some years ago was policy, not party. Those who voted did so for a person and his policy, not for how slick the party made their candidate sound or how incompetent they attempted to make others appear. And when the elector determined for whom he would cast his ballot, he placed pen to paper and committed his vote to writing.
We want to bring it back. Not just the write-in part, but the whole thought behind the election process. This is supposed to be our head of state. Do we want our solver of domestic problems, our representative to the world determined by a sound bite, a hair color, a slogan, or an accusation? We fully intend to consider all the possible candidates – everyone who has ever said at some point that he or she intends to serve the American public and then acted in a manner that reflected true selfless service. We will fully consider our priorities for the executive process. It probably won’t be health care, gay marriage, or who has more friends on his or her Facebook page. It will be what affects us. It will be probably what affects everybody if everybody would listen to themselves rather than the party campaign ads. Then when we find who will work to our best interest, will we cast our vote. It will certainly be a write in.
Will this really prove anything? If two people spend a lot of time and effort and write in two very serious leaders, no, it won’t prove anything. But if you join us we can be heard. If you really don’t like the choices the parties have given you, then don’t vote for them. But please, don’t just not vote. Do your research. Find your best leader. Then cast your vote for your best choice.
If you can convince a few others to do likewise, then do it. On Election Day we could have a million people, maybe 10 million people voting for a leader rather than for the less of two evils. Vote for the greatest candidate you know. We know we won’t all vote for the same person. There could be 10 million different write in candidates. But that will be 10 million people who have told the parties that we are through with their idea of electability. We don’t need a candidate. We need a President. We need a leader.
If we vote like it really matters we can make a difference, and we have to start voting like it really matters.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?