First thing that probably comes to your mind is: “How can you possibly complain about politics, if you have never even participated!!”
You are right. I have no right. But honestly, I am just fine with that.
You see, I live in the United States. We are basically a two party democracy. The Republican and the Democratic Party are the only two parties that have had an elected President of the United States since 1800. They both have a standard stance on “political topics” and you are forced to choose sides. If you live in certain states, you are not even really given a vote. I live in Texas. My state is considered a Republican stronghold. The last President that had the majority vote from citizens, that was NOT Republican, was Jimmy Carter. He was elected prior to me even being old enough to vote. Texas is not considered a swing State. Republican Presidential candidates assume that Texas is “in the bag” prior to a vote being cast.
So does my single vote really make a difference? People will scold me and say “of course it does!” But history would clearly state: “No it wouldn’t have mattered in the least.”
No political talk would be complete without mentioning the Electoral College. I don’t like it. I think that the President should be voted in by majority vote, period. Let the people decide the future.
Then there is the matter of desire. Since I have been of voting age, not a single potential President has been so amazing that I strongly wanted to vote. Most people vote for the “lesser of two evils”. To me this is just settling. Honestly I never want to settle on anything, including my vote.
There is no such thing as a well educated “common man” having a chance of being elected President. If you can’t raise 100s of millions of dollars, you’re not even taken seriously. Which is a shame. The last non-politician that made an attempt and was taken (semi) seriously, was Ross Perot. This was only because he spent 100s of millions of his own money to be given a chance. How odd would it have been to have a successful business man in office that was not influenced by the donations given to his political party. Someone who wasn’t restricted by the standard stance of the two political party system. Someone who ran because he wanted to make a difference.
I also think that a new President should focus more on renewable energy. It is sad that we are so behind other countries in this area. Oil drives so much in the United States and we need to become less dependent. There has not been a President who has really put any focus on this yet. Perhaps if one of them did, I would run down to the voting booth.
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. – Dalai Lama XIV