There’s nothing more to say.
With 40 days until the election, we’ve all heard everything we could possibly hear about the two presidential candidates: incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and challenger Republican Mitt Romney. Of course, this isn’t entirely true: nearly a month and a half is plenty of time for more revelations about how Romney’s disgusting wealth makes him out of touch with most Americans and how every single policy Obama enacted (or failed to enact) made the economy/freedom/ national security/deficit worse than ever before in history.
But, we’ve heard it all already, just not necessarily in the same words. What’s there left to say at this point?
Based on polls, something like
235 people 2 to 8 percent of likely voters are going to determine the election because somehow, for some unknown reason, they just haven’t been able to make up their minds about which guy to choose. In a political climate this polarized I find this truly baffling. Not only does everyone I know seem to have had their mind made up since The Day After Election Day 2008, they all feel extremely strong about their choice, as well.
The only people I know that I could possibly put in the “undecided” category are people who hold strong opinions but either feel that Obama isn’t liberal enough or that Romney is just running a terrible campaign. That’s not undecided so much as it’s hating the choices and not even wanting to pick the lesser of two evils — but it’s clear that they swing one way or the other and it’s not as if they’re seriously contemplating voting for the other guy.
Regardless, with so few voters left to convince, all this money being spent gets blown on everyone, plunging us all further and further into the miserable, family/friend-wedging, social media-clogging, email-inundating political ad onslaught that is the election cycle. You can’t escape it. It’s everywhere.
And next week brings us the final wave of planned new developments: the debates. Supposedly this will truly give one of the candidates a commanding edge but I just don’t see it happening. At this point, unless one of them truly melts down (and even then), those who are planning to vote for one of them (which is an overwhelming majority of us) won’t be swayed to the other side as they reiterate the talking points we’ve already heard ad nauseum. Hell, most of the polling shows how, save for an unexpected surprise, most of the states will vote, leaving the swing states Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida to decide for the rest of the country who will be helming the executive branch.
So, with nothing more to say on this, everyone already knows where I stand and I’m sure I know where most of you stand, as well, given months and months and months of Facebook and Twitter posts designed to boil genuine issues down to simplistic, absurd rhetoric, I leave you with just one, nonpartisan request:
That’s it. I assume that most of you will because what’s the point of being as politically vocal online if you’re not going to exercise your civil duty to realize those opinions. But, don’t forget, don’t slack, don’t assume anything.
- Make sure you’re registered.
- Double check that you’re registered.
- Make sure you know where your polling station is.
- Double check that you know where the station is.
- Apply for an absentee ballot if you’re not going to be around.
- Make sure your address is correct so that you can receive your ballot.
- If you have to bring an ID because you live in one of those states enacting new laws, do whatever you can to get that ID.
Whatever you do, for whichever candidate you feel will do the best job, cast your vote. And don’t forget about the local and state elections going on, too: many congressional seats are up for grabs, as well, and the legislators are as important if not more so than the president.
That’s it. That’s all there’s left to say about it all.
Photo courtesy of Sydney Lea Steele.