Tonight is the third and final presidential debate and I watched the other two, but I am totally drained of this whole election thing and really as an American citizen that's a damn shame, because it shouldn't be like this.
Pretty much, five months after I turned 18, I applied for my voter's registration card, because I felt, and still feel like this, but if you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain. I still remember how proud and happy I was when my voters registration card arrived in the mail. I felt like I could make a difference in our country. I also remember how happy I was the first time I pulled the lever to vote. It felt really cool. In every state that I've lived in (except for Alaska because I didn't stay long enough), I've been a registered voter. However, sixteen years (Oh sweet Lord) of being a registered voter I have become jaded, and quite frankly, disgusted with the whole process. All too often you feel like you're voting for the lesser of two evils and it's so tiresome. And it's even worse in my current state, where you have to vote to approve changes to the Florida Constitution on top of voting for a bunch of people. And let me tell you, those are really hard choices. There are twelve amendments, but the two that jumped out at me were choosing to help wounded veterans get tax breaks, but it comes at the expense of public schools and public services loosing a lot of their funding to support these programs. Really, no middle ground? Just all of nothing eh? Sigh... Fine...
Even though I am dreading Election Day, and that's because I live in Crazy Land now, and I'm going to pretty much have to take every piece of identification I have with me to the polls come election day and I'm still expecting a fiasco. But I'm dreading Election Day and I pretty much I wish the election was over. I know who I'm voting for and I'm hoping for the best, but I am too drained to get fervent about it. I'm sick of the tv ads, I'm sick of getting candidate stuff in the mail every single day, I'm sick of the banners, the lawn signs, the bumper stickers, the Halloween masks.... I'm sick of it all and I want it to be over! And I feel horrible that I feel like this, but it's just too much and it's seemingly never-ending.
The thing is Election Day should not be something you "dread" doing. I miss the days when I was happy to be a registered voter and participate in an election. Now it seems more like a tedious chore than something to be happy about and it's really sad and it makes me feel sad too, because it really shouldn't be like this at all.
Oh well, if you want and you live here in Florida, you should check out this out. It's the League of Women Voters a non-partisan site with lots of useful information and the first link is all the stuff about the Amendments you have to vote for. If you do not live here you should look at your local League of Women Voters website and get informed without all the craziness. As for me, I'm going to hide under some blankets until Election Day. Then I'm going to go to the polls, disgusted and aggravated to do my civic duty, then I'm going to hide under the blankets until I leave for Philly on the 20th. Because I'm message approved out.