“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Like a good senior citizen, I voted early. Civic duty and all that. It felt good. Mess with health care and the AARP crowd at your own peril.
The lines were not bad, about fifteen people ahead of me when I arrived. The sheet to vote on was huge and, as usual, I was not up on the bonds to be voted on. The bonds seem to sneak onto ballots without much pubic discussion.
When I was a kid, I asked either my Dad or my Grandpa what was the difference between Republican and Democrat.
I learned that:
Republicans don’t like taxes and want a small government. They like businesses to grow on their own and do not like the government poking around in their personal lives.
Democrats do like taxes and believe that a government should provide services like education, health and safety. A government should take care of its people.
They both sound pretty good to me. I don’t want anyone poking into my life and I want to enjoy the freedoms granted by being a citizen. I also want good services. So, obviously there needs to be a balance and that is why a two party system can work so well. Our government will teeter-totter back and forth and hopefully to no great extreme.
So, it comes down to the people running for office. For me, it has mostly been my vote against a candidate; someone who I felt would harm the country. Rarely have I been enthused so much that I felt I was voting for a person and their platform.
The problem with voting early is that now I can’t wait for the results!