Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Voting For Principle

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." 
- John Quincy Adams

I haven’t blogged in a while, so as I dust off the keys to my computer, I can’t help but compare my other posts to this one. Usually about makeup, fashion, or the occasional organizational tip that I once fancied, I have to shift gears a bit and change the tone here.

While I am a firm believer that social media should be reserved for adorable videos of kittens, pictures of my friends and family’s babies, Tasty videos and lighthearted memes, I feel that desperate times most certainly are calling for desperate measures. This topic is just too important to uphold my stubbornness of the lightness I feel that social media should be.

The upcoming election this year has been an especially unsettling one, if you ask me. When occasionally discussing whom one will vote for with friends or family, I hear a mixed consensus, as the polls have shown as well. When I ask why they are choosing their said candidate, I too often times hear, “he/she is the lesser of two evils.” In my opinion, this is not a reason to vote for a presidential candidate. And now, it doesn’t have to be, because Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states as the Libertarian party’s candidate. Furthermore, if he reaches at least 15% in the five national public opinion polls before the presidential debate, he will qualify to partake in them. He has recently reached 13%, so what once seemed like a long shot is now seeing more like a possibility. 

I ask you all just one thing. Despite your political party, please take time to research Gary Johnson. He’s done so much for the state of New Mexico, as has his VP, William Weld, for Massachusetts.  If you don’t want to take the time, I have attached a short four minute video about him. My hope is that perhaps some of the innovative things he has to say will spark an interest, and you’ll do a bit of your own research.

So, friends and family, I urge you- I beg you, not to ever vote for “the lesser of two evils.” As Americans, you shouldn’t feel backed into a corner. You should have confidence in who you are voting for, because your vote matters.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say. I so appreciate it!