Campaign Promise

on Aug 16, 2012 by Michael Rupured

The other day I read that a blog like mine should steer clear of politics and religion. Venturing into either arena is likely to offend people who might (one day) buy my books. Well, as you know, that ship has sailed.

My carpool pal and I discussed this issue on the way to one of our meetings. I wondered if I’d gone too far. (Moi?) She’s so wise. Beautiful, too–a girdle-free version of Joan on Mad Men. She pointed out that since I write gay novels, anyone offended by something on my blog probably wouldn’t buy my books anyway. Good point.

This year it’s a moot point. I’m sick and tired of Campaign 2012. My mind is made up, and has been for some time. Anything is possible, but I have a hard time imagining something causing me to change my vote.

The contrast between the two parties has never been greater. They’ve drawn lines in the sand on practically every issue. Social issues like gay marriage and abortion will drive many to vote for a particular candidate. Others will rally around a candidate for economic reasons.

Everyone has more or less known since Obama was elected in 2008 how they’d vote this year. Some grumble and threaten to vote for the other side. But come election day, voting against the opponent will trump voting for any particular candidate for most who bother to hit the polls. The candidates don’t care. Whatever works.

More often than not, I end up voting for the lesser of two evils.  I’m guessing you do the same. There’s probably not an incumbent in America who could beat “none of the above” in an honest race. Having that option would lead to a complete and total collapse of government at every level.

If you ask me (and I know you didn’t), anyone who remains undecided after Romney’s VP announcement just isn’t paying attention. In truth, thanks to an article about him I read in the New Yorker, Paul Ryan impresses me. Instead of shooting down every idea put forth by the other side, Ryan is pushing the GOP to propose solutions. I don’t agree with a single thing he wants to do, but appreciate his desire to focus on the issues.

Fifteen more weeks of nasty campaigning to go. I vote for having the election next Tuesday. Let’s stick a fork in this thing and call it done. Think of the campaign ads you wouldn’t have to see. The robocalls you wouldn’t have to hear. An early election would save acres and acres of forest from junk mail that never got printed.

I’m going to try not to post anything political until after the election. Everyone pretty much knows where I stand on the issues. And it’s not like anyone is going to suddenly switch sides because of something I posted here on…

My Glass House

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