Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

I Don’t Want to Vote

Of course I will, but for the first time in my adult life I don’t feel like voting in the presidential election. I feel like I have to choose between two extremes when I’m very much a moderate. I know many of you have a strong conviction regarding your candidate of choice, and I wish I could have such conviction headed into this home stretch, but with so many considerations I’ve found myself in a conundrum of note.

My friend Doug recently posted a great link to an online quiz designed to provoke analysis and help people identify themselves on the political spectrum. When I first took the quiz, the results reinforced what I already know … I’m smack dab in the middle and politically screwed. Since this is on my mind today, I went back and took the quiz again. Interestingly my results have changed. Not significantly, but enough for me to wonder what has happened in my thought process over the last several days to push me off the center line.

My hot-button issues haven’t changed, but perhaps it’s all the economic doom and gloom and the huge hit our personal finances have taken in the market. Maybe it’s my increased feeling of insecurity related to my business and worry for my clients. It could be the stories I’m reading and hearing from and about people who are losing their homes, their jobs and their confidence. I’d like to stick my head in the sand, but I can’t. I’ll vote of course, but I don’t feel good about it.

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19 comments to I Don’t Want to Vote

  • Go over to The More, The Messier. She has a link up to the candidate’s roasts of each other at the Alfred E. Smith dinner. It sheds a nice light on each of them. Not that that will make you feel any better or more decisive, but it was good to see this side of them right now. I have my mind all made up, but I even liked the other guy’s jokes. ;-)

    Cheri @ Blog This Mom!s last blog post..We Shall Not Overcome

  • Took the test and found it to be quite accurate…altho apparently i’m even more left than i thought. Once again, a thought-provoking and informational post. Tricia, you often leave me speechless and deep in thought, no small feat!! Always come here looking for a mental and/or visceral challenge, thank you for that.

    thistles last blog post..Tinkerbelle is one year old.

  • I am totally there with you. I’ll be voting for my usual team here in a few weeks but I’m totally not psyched up about it. I’m actually a little bummed about it. This will be an historic election, either way it pans out, and even that is not enough to excite me. Basically I just feel like our choice this year is between Bad and Worse. I guess I’ll vote for Bad.

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Footsteps

  • You have to consider the administration of either candidate PLUS their future judicial picks.
    I heard somebody the other day say “W has been so bad the Dems could put up a toy poodle and it would win”.
    Fortunately? The vote is soon, but the economic mess? That will be around for how many years?????

    garys last blog post.."WINNING…

  • I know how I’m going to vote. But I’m nervous because I believe whoever wins will be a one term president. When I cast my vote this time, I’m watching closely who the other party has lined up to run in four years. The poor guy who wins this election will have a mess to clean up and should have to make some unpopular decisions.

    steenky bees last blog post..In Between Your Errands

  • [...] bead show with LL, i took a quick stop by Tricia’s site as her latest post was dedicated to her concerns about voting, where i found she had provided a link to a friend’s site that contained directions to a quiz [...]

  • I’m with you, Tricia. I can’t help but feel that my vote is hopeless anyway. I don’t have to take the test to see where I fall, but at least this will all be over with soon.

    I will vote, because it’s my obligation, but the amount of research to do the background homework, has made me tired.

    Grandys last blog post..Don’t Threaten My Dogs

  • Tricia

    Cheri: I’ve not yet had a chance to watch, but several friend have echoed what you said regarding how nice it was to have some lighter moments.

    Thistle: I’d just like to give you a hug. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you wrote!

    HeatherPride: I think there are lots of voters who will cast their ballot against someone rather than for someone.

    Gary: There are several issues as important to me as judicial pics. If that was my main hot point, It would be a very easy decision for me. I hope what you heard about the poodle isn’t really true. It would mean nobody’s listening and contemplating.

    steenky bee: It will certainly be interesting to see where we go from here and the length and depth of a recession will play a huge role in the 2012 campaign, I’m sure.

    Grandy: I’m simply exhausted too from trying to filter through all the half-truths and rhetoric. Ugh.

  • I’m with you in that I don’t want to vote but I will. Neither choice seems to be a good one for me. I took the test and it made things a little more clearer. Thanks for sharing this.

    Smart Mouth Broads last blog post..BUSINESS MEETINGS – Who’d a thunk it?

  • Definitely ditto to Cheri’s remarks on the Al Smith dinner. It was nice to see both candidates in that light.

    I’m a moderate too. I don’t really consider myself a Dem or a Republican. I just pick who impresses me the most. This has been a tough election for me as well. Neither will make me happy across the board. It’s odd, since McCain was supposed to be the moderate pic. 8 years ago I would have been a happy girl. With the economy and war, I think it is impossible for a candidate to not sound a bit extreme.

    For me, I picked the person who scored high in the things others are less likely to control. Policy (tax plans & such) can be controlled by Congress and I’m definitely going to do a better job of staying on top of what my elected officials are up to! We all need to. I can’t believe what Congress has passed (or not passed) in recent history while the American public snoozed. What is harder control about a president is what comes out of his mouth and his use of executive powers. My vote is going to the person I feel more likely to improve the American image around the world and less likely to cross constitutional lines with actions/powers. I’m nervous. Really nervous. And I agree the next 4 years are going to stink no matter who we pick. If I were either candidate I’d start sabotaging my campaign. There is NO WAY I’d want that job.

    Lisa Ps last blog post..Not Yet

  • Tricia

    Smart Mouth Broad: Thanks for stopping by. Every time I see your name, it makes me chuckle. Love the tongue-in-cheek.

    Lisa P: If we end up with a the same party “controlling” the White House and Congress, I think the idea of extremism will be more of a reality, and I agree we must also watch Congress. We put so much stock into the Presidential administration and for whatever reason it seems like as a general rule, we don’t pay attention to the checks and balances and what’s really happening. I also don’t think we’ve ever had such a negative image around the world, and when we get feedback from our relatives in other countries, it’s disheartening indeed!

  • I’m totally afraid of the Dems in the White House and controlling Congress. I don’t like to have one party calling all of the shots…no matter which party. You are right, we don’t pay attention to what is really happening. Pulling the lever in November isn’t enough. It is a definite mess. My estimates, the Dem control will be even more significant after this election. Personally, I wish we could scrap all in Congress and start fresh.

    My mom just got back from a 3 week tour of England and Scotland. Our election is definitely weighing heavily on their minds. Foreigners seem just as invested in this election as our citizens.

    Lisa Ps last blog post..Not Yet

  • Hi tricia – I found you from thistle. Thanks for the link to the test. It was very helpful in looking at many perspectives. I like your site- especially allthe ummy coffee! I’ll be back.

    phhhsts last blog post..Mr. Bojangles…

  • Whoa. I took the quiz and I am dead-center-Ghandi-Left. Wow. I too am freaking out about voting, and I’m not looking forward to mailing in my ballot. Sigh.

    Thanks for the link to the quiz! I’ve never taken one before. I’m gonna go march in an anti-big-business-save-the-rain-forests rally now. :D

    goodfathers last blog post..The Shed, Chapter 2

  • I’m taking the easy way out: I’m writing myself in for president. My husband is doing the same. Why? My vote won’t make a dang difference because I’m in an area so overwhelmingly for one candidate. I’ll do “real” votes on the other issues — like the proposition to overturn gay marriage or the vote on a local commuter train sales tax increase.

    I’m going to have to check out the quiz, though.

    patoiss last blog post..All He Got at Disney…

  • Like Tricia, I’m having to choose between two candidates that are farther to the extremes from my standpoint, but the choice must be made. I’m voting for Sen. Obama, primarily because he speaks directly and frankly to his constituents. He’s no saint, but I feel that he actually has the greater good in mind.

    That said, if Obama is elected and paired with a Democrat-led Congress, they’re going to have to display some political prudence to show the public that the checks and balances still exist between the legislative and executive branches. A tidal wave of uber-liberal legislation getting rubber stamped will be as destructive and divisive as the Bush/Cheney regime has proven to be.

    This year is another prime example of how the two-party system leaves a vast majority of Americans disenfranchised and feeling that their leaders are out of touch.

    Dougs last blog post..The Best Sporting Event Sponsor EVER

  • [...] so interested in the results of people’s Political Compass tests, link provided by Tricia at Shout…i hear the site was down for awhile, i’m not [...]

  • I wish we had a real 3rd party that fell in the middle, I don’t want to vote this time either, and I’m so sick of all the negative ads, I just can’t wait for this whole thing to be over!

    jills last blog post..Do What You Love

  • I still love your site. Lots of topics. This is one you and I agree on. I wrote (as many others have) on this election. My view has been this is an election of the “lesser of two evils” or “man the decision on this is hard.” I’m a moderate and I have a tough time with extremes as well. Let’s hope for the best…

    Mikes last blog post..I’ve Been Thinking…

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