I voted Tuesday, just not for POTUS.
I’ve been openly mentioning this concept for the last couple of months, mostly because I’ve been trying to convince myself I was doing the right thing. I was hoping an argument against, one I found to be reasonable and thoughtful enough to change my mind, would surface – but it hasn’t and won’t.
My efforts were focused on all of the other races; national, state and local of which probably will far more impact my reality than the predictable wall of White House noise and gridlock coming our way – no matter who wins.
I take voting a bit differently from some. I see my vote as my personal stamp of approval. If I believe a person is qualified, justified and able to fulfill the duties of that office or role, i’ll happily darken the square next to their name. Voting, for me, is not some means simply to help a candidate “get over the top” in the number of votes they need to win that office. This isn’t American Idol or a modern take Top40 radio’s “Make It or Break it!”. We’re deciding who’s going to lead this nation, and you’d think our selection of this office over the last few generations would have taught us something by now.
When it comes to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump I simply just can not find it in my being to give either my vote. I find them equally awful, for very different reasons.
I believe one to be wholly unqualified and the other totally disqualified.
So, today – Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – for the first time in my adult life – I did not give my vote to anyone for President of the United States. I did not write in a candidate, as I did in 2012, and I did not fall back on any of the third party candidates as I did in 2008. I’ve been told by friend on both sides I am “chickening out”, I need to “man up” and that I am “being irresponsible”. My retort is to remind them there is no law or obligation to vote in any race. Your ballot will count for those races in which you place votes.
I did not vote for any to be President, and that’s my story.