When I talked with a friend recently, she told me she voted for Hillary. My natural reaction was… Hillary Clinton?!?! Are you kidding me?!? (Yes, I said it!)
Then I asked her the obvious question… why? And she very matter of factly said;
“Well, I couldn’t vote for the other guy.”
She then went on to explain that she’s a registered Democrat in a state primary where those were her only option’s… Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. In a very exasperated tone she said that Jeb Bush or John Kasich would have been her candidate of choice in the general election, but, obviously, there is little chance of that happening.Looking toward the general election, she doesn’t see a good option in the 5 remaining candidates, so I’m sure she’ll be holding her nose to cast that general vote, no matter who it is.
Like the rest of us, she’s concerned for the future of our nation and this presidential election isn’t giving many of us a lot of hope. Looking toward the general election, she doesn’t see a good option in the 5 remaining candidates, so I’m sure she’ll be holding her nose to cast that general vote, no matter who it is. She won’t be alone in that.
It was good to be able to talk to her and ask her those questions. Whenever I hear Hillary speak (lie) and then hear the news reports of the ongoing investigations into her “stuff,” I often wonder how people can even cast a vote for her. But they aren’t necessarily voting “FOR” Hillary. Some of them are “NOT BERNIE” votes.
Democrats only have two choices if they’re going to vote in a primary in most States. They could choose to abdicate their vote and skip the primary election altogether, but then that leaves the choice up to someone else and that’s never a good option.
When I hear Republicans talking, they aren’t much happier with their choices either. Sure you have your die-hard Cruz or Rubio and now the new Trump supporters. But by and large, the majority of voters are not 100% sold on any of those candidates, otherwise, there would have been a more solid coalition around a single candidate by now.
It’s still very much divided and what that leaves for most Republicans is them casting a vote for somebody they’ll settle for, be okay with, or are voting for to prevent someone else like Trump or Cruz from getting the nomination. Sometimes they are “NOT” votes rather than “FOR” votes.
It’s sad that we have arrived at the point where voters simply don’t like the majority of people who were willing to run. And even sadder that more good, honest, integral people aren’t willing to run. Saddest of all is the fact that those who do run are quickly trounced and trampled by the loudest voice in town (or on the air, as the case may be). Apparently, we have become such a shallow nation that looks, flash, humor, and style are far more important than intellectual substance. This cannot lead us in a good direction.
Reflecting on the conversation with my friend, and with her two favorite choices being Republicans, I wondered… why is she still a registered Democrat? So I looked for a political ideology test online to send to her. There’s a whole bunch to choose from, but being the internet saavy (and marginally conspiracy theory) person that I am, I was afraid to take most of them… you know, data collection. But this one published by YouthLeadership.net seemed legit (and short!)Give it a try. See where it places you and leave me a comment below. Let me know if it puts you where you thought you’d be. And feel free to share it with those friends and family members that you also wonder about!
Give it a try. See where it places you and leave me a comment below. Let me know if it puts you where you thought you’d be. And feel free to share it with those friends and family members that you also wonder about!
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