To begin I must say that since I was about 14 I have found myself completely dissatisfied with our bi-partisan system. I believe that the parties do nothing but hinder progress because they are too busy worrying about staying in line with the group than actual progress. If you don't believe me, just watch a State of the Union address. You'll see those clapping and those abstaining are separated by an aisle and no one crosses on the other side with be break rank. I am always so disheartened by it. I have never affiliated myself with any party, I don't even call myself independent, because that is a group. I am unaffiliated and very proud of that. I am also a political junky. I started getting excited for this election two years ago and doing my research and watching potential candidates since then.
I got excited as the primaries got into full swing, but by the time that Idaho's primary came around my favorite candidates and withdrawn from the race. At the end of the process I was utterly disappointed. I was left with two major party candidates whom I did not feel like I could support. I decided that the I would wait it out and see who the vice presidential candidates would be and perhaps that would help sway me. When Obama chose Biden he was out of the running for me. I don't trust Obama, but I hoped he would perhaps make a good choice. His choice however could not have been worse as far as I am concerned. There is not a single senator that I dislike more than Joe Biden. So, I waited for McCain to make his choice. I was excited when he picked Sarah Palin. I don't care what you say, I like her. However, she was not enough to sway me. I don't trust John McCain either.
So, my dilemma. I have to vote. I always say that if you don't vote you'd better keep your mouth shut for the next four years because you've lost your right to complain. I had to vote, but I couldn't decide what to do. Do I go with the all too common lesser-of-two-evils option, pick a third party candidate (I didn't really like any of them either), or just opt out? I made my choice about a week ago. I decided to go with another option. I picked None of the Above. I wrote in my candidate's name. He may not be on the ticket, but he ran and I still feel like he would be the best president. Living in Idaho I know which way the vote will go, so it won't really make any difference. I just feel like I need to be able to be proud of my vote, and in order to do that, I couldn't pick one of the options handed to me.