A Simple Vote

Nov 5, 2012 by

If you are anything like me you are so sick of this election cycle and cannot wait for it to be over.I throw away every piece of propaganda that arrives in my mail and immediately turn the radio station if I hear a political ad.

The system has gotten beyond a little absurd, but it’s the best system we’ve got for now, so its important to participate.


Please take a few minutes out of your life and show those that we elect into power that we are here, we are listening, and we are going to participate in our future.

Please talk to your neighbors and get them to vote.  Send a message through large numbers that we will not be dissuaded by misleading ads or new voting restrictions designed to keep you from voting.

OK, that was the nice political rant.  Here comes the not so nice part.

This system is clearly broken when the “best” two candidates that are presented to comes down the lesser of two evils.

That said, there is some evil that I simply cannot tolerate.

I am a registered Republican and always have been, but  I can barely even recognize my party any more, and for the life of me I cannot vote for Romney.

I cannot tolerate and even reward someone who will say whatever it is the person in front of them wants to hear at the time, true or not, and say the exact opposite thing the next day, all in the name of being elected.  Then went confronted with the lie only repeats it louder to scare more people into voting for him.  Only a man with no soul does that.

I am not stupid.   I refuse to vote for someone who treats Americans like we are stupid.

If you have to lie and cheat to get elected then your ideas suck.  Come up with better ideas and we will talk.

Returning to old ideas that have been proven failures is not the path I want to go down…again.

I am interested in a change for good both at home and around the world.  I am interested in harnessing the creativity and enginuity of our people toward solving real problems that will benefit both ourselves and the world around us.

I am no longer interested in spending Trillions of dollars for wars to control outdated resources half way around the world.

I am interested in providing better education and better healthcare to all those who need it.

I am no longer intersted in hearing how some republican senator can reclassify rape in a new way this week, or tell us how a woman can or can’t have a baby.

I am frustrated with the illusion of choice we are given with these two candidates, but I’m hoping that not returning to our past mistakes will keep us moving forward to a better tomorrow.

I can hope.

Sorry for the very political rant. I struggled with weather to put something like this in the email/blog, but I think its important and I encourage you to vote.  Vote for how you would like to be treated by those YOU elect into power.

I would love to hear what you think about this in the comments.



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  • Brenda

    Ben, I have enjoyed your website up until now. Of course, this is your site and you are free to say how you feel, but your rant is no different than all the others. You speak in the same generalities and the same old cliches as all other ranters (on both sides). I am a woman and a conservative, but I try to make sure I read from a variety of left-leaning as well as the right-leaning and center.

    I will only simplistically address one area of this debate. (I don’t have as much space as you!) I am a healthcare provider on the front line. I take care of hundreds of people a week (many undocumented people) who don’t pay a dime towards their care and I will continue to do that. I’m guess that 60 to 75% are in that category. They get state-of-the art care and some appreciate the care they get, but most of them probably don’t. We (the hospital and physicians) who care for these patients eat thousands of dollars everyday that we never are reimbursed for. I fear for my country, my children and myself (I’m approaching senior citizen status) if we go forward with Obamacare. I think of all of it as a row boat. We can only pull so many people onboard to save them, eventually the boat is going to sink and we all drown. Obviously our health care system needs fixes, but it will be come mediocre under Obamacare; there will be no incentive for new research and development and whether people hate the term “death panels” or not, panels from far away places will tell us how we are allowed or not allowed to care for our patients. That will mean life/death decisions for some of those people.

  • Solange

    I applaud your rant! Thank you for reminding people to participate, whichever way they decide to vote. Further, I totally agree that this two-party system is flawed in so many ways. I grew up in South Africa and that’s where I learned about democracy. Only two options (apologies to my independents) is NOT democracy.

  • http://www.trulysimple.com Ben

    WOW. Thank you Brenda!

    A real, well thought out, elegantly written political comment!

    you have restored my faith in humanity and the internet…for today at least ;-)

    Thank you for your comments and thank you for reading my site. I hope I haven’t lost you for good.

    I struggled for a long time on whether or not to write such a post on my site. I struggled with how to write it. I struggled with specifics and such. I was all prepared to come on heavy with charts and graphs and links and facts and what not, but just as you said it all comes down to some of the same generalities being said on both sides of the argument. So yes, we agree on that.

    I started writing this last week and re-wrote it several times up until this morning when I just decided to bite the bullet and publish it. Knowing that I would alienate and piss off some of my audience, which I do not want to do, but I also think we need to be having these discussions with smart articulate responses from both sides, like your comment here. Seriously, thank you again.

    With all of that said, let me try to briefly address your point. My wife is also on the front lines of the healthcare front and works as a trauma nurse in the ER. As we live in Southern California she also sees her fair share of people who come in with no insurance and receive the best healthcare from her and her colleagues It’s a horribly broken system and you and everyone in the healthcare space has every right to be beyond frustrated. I can see and hear the frustration in my wife’s stories as she tells me about some of the patients she sees every night, but that is exactly why I am voting for Obama.

    I don’t think the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is perfect. I don’t think it went far enough to help eliminate the problem you have described and I don’t think the solution is to give everyone free healthcare. I do however think it is a step in the right direction and I think the lack of it or any alternative if the Republicans win and repeal it, is more of the same bad situation we have now where everyone goes to the ER for EVERY LITTLE THING wrong with them with no insurance.

    To quote Romney from a CBS interview:

    “Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,” Romney told interviewer Scott Pelley. “If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and — and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.”

    I agree with you that the system is broken and you probably see much more of it than I do. I don’t pretend to have all the answers and I don’t think Obamacare is perfect, but at least I see him trying.

    That is why he has my vote.

    Thank you again Brenda, your comment made my day!


  • Jane

    I am a certified “senior citizen” having turned 65 in October. For the first time in my life, I find myself looking for the box that says “none of the above” on my ballot. When I look at the election and think about my grandchildren’s future I find myself frustrated and angry at the egregious amount of money spent to elect one of these men to public office.I guess the idea of “civil service” is outdated. No one serves and it certainly isn’t for the good of the greater number. So much good could come from spending that money on healthcare, housing, education, etc.etc. rather than flying candidates from one place to another or bombarding us with TV spots that only make me want to change the channel or put the TV on “mute” until after the election. I voted “independent” but I know that it will not change anything. I just couldn’t get myself to endorse either one of the “puppets”, knowing that I have even more to fear from the people behind the scenes, pulling the strings.

  • Brenda

    Thomas Jefferson said, ” I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” Of course, I will continue to follow your blog!

  • Joe B

    Well said, Ben. Although I am not a registered Republican (and don’t anticipate ever registering for a political party), I consider myself conservative. But I also consider myself progressive. I am a progressive conservative (or a conservative progressive, however you like). Who among us does not want our country to progress? I’m sure there are some, but I like to believe the majority would agree with progress. And then who among us does not like to proceed conservatively? Again, there are some who are radical, but I think most of us, certainly by the time we reach a certain age, reach a point where we act conservatively in our daily lives, preserving what is good about our lives while doing our best to move forward.

    Like you, I think the current incarnation of the Republican party has gone off the rails. I’ll go further and say I think it’s a disgrace to its proud tradition. (I think this traces back to Gingrich’s revolution in the mid-90s, when he went to Washington with a scorched earth strategy of demonizing the Democratic Party to win elections and political disagreements.) I hope some day a modern, progressive conservative party arises that can earn my vote. But to get there, the Republican Party as it exists today will have to be broken. And that won’t happen until a lot of people who vote Republican out of tradition or cognitive dissonance take a hard look at their beliefs and decide the “conservative” party (which has been anything but for two decades) no longer deserves their vote. I applaud you for taking that step.

  • http://www.trulysimple.com Ben

    Thats the best quote ever! thanks again Brenda