The webcomic Questionable Content summed up this years Presidental Election perfectly, oddly enough with a filler post. As a voter, this year I have the awesome choice between two parties--one that has utterly failed to deliver the change it promised, and the other one whose platform is based on hatred, intolerance, and lies.
I turned 18 this year, and when I did, I registered to vote (through my AP Government Class--thanks Mrs. Ladson!), and the party I chose was Democrat. I mean, I've been wanting to vote since 2004, and that was the party I always liked, since I never cared for George Bush. However, after getting my voter regristration card in the mail, I had a change of heart. I always seemed to choose Democratic candidates, but I never saw myself aligned with the party. In fact, I was more of a moderate liberal (found this out, again, through my AP Goverment class), so why should I align with a party I didn't even care for? So my new voter regristration card says "Independant".
However, the longer this election season drags itself out until November, the more I ask why did I even bother spending five minutes registering to vote? Every ad I have seen has been an attack ad so far; I've been given no reason to vote for Romney besides he isn't Obama, and Obama's camp just likes to say "Vote for me, my Vice isn't Ayn Rand". The Republicans are spending more time trying to change abortion laws and the Democrats are wasting their breath asking for Romney's tax records.
Did everyone forget, over the course of four months, that our economy still sucks?
Our two-party system has degraded to such a point that you should vote for Party A because they aren't Party B. Bill A won't get passed, even though Party A agreed with it, because Party B made slight changes to the bill and how dare they! Compromise is now a dirty word in this country. If we can't get everything we want out of a bill, then everyone is getting nothing from it. It's the same reason why football teams don't Hail Mary on every play--most of the time, it's going to miss, and everyone's respective face will be in their hands.
And this isn't like Europe either; I either pick one party, the other party, or I stay home on Tuesday. Voting for a third party (Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mickey Mouse) would just sap votes away from the main party. One of those two would still win anyway!
Eh, who am I kidding? I'll waste my vote this year. Then I'll tell my kids that the first person I voted for was Spongebob Squarepants.