Oh election day…

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

I’ve overheard so many conversations recently about “who are you going to vote for?”, which is usually followed by either “thank goodness” or “oh my God, why?”.

I’ve watched the facial expressions of disbelief when someone disagrees with whoever is asking the question. Snide remarks usually follow the look of disgust.

I’m tired of it all…

I’ve decided to stay quiet this election season, which is hard sometimes because I’m an opinion columnist. I do have an opinion, but I don’t care to share who I’m voting for.

I will give you this – I’m an Independent. I don’t like either of the mainstream political parties, which makes me an outcast because if I refuse to pick a side, I’m obviously part of whatever problem our votes are seeking to change.

Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just because I’m Independent doesn’t mean I always vote for the Independent candidate. I vote based on who I feel is best for the community, state or nation, whether that be a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian or whatever.

Politics shouldn’t be about which team you’re on. 

I encourage voting. I want to see people make change, but what I don’t want to see are long term friendships lost and families divided over political parties, which happens all too often. 

That’s why I’ve stopped talking about politics. I want to be able to coexist in peace, regardless of who my (or your) candidate is. Maybe more people should do the same.

And on a side note, I think election day should be a national holiday…

Tell somebody to make that happen, okay? Thanks.

Written by Marty Augustine


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