For months now the presidential candidates have been debating, slinging, campaigning, “borrowing” ideas from their colleagues, and for the most part– trying to convince voters that they should be the guy, or girl, for the highest job in the country. Brett and I have been paying attention but haven’t been fully engaged in our search for the best candidate until now. It’s almost impossible to not be thinking of who to vote for with many of our friends and family debating, slinging, campaigning, and for the most part– trying to convince US who to vote or not vote for in November.
There are some strong democratic voices that resound with anger and a genuine hate for anything republican. At the same time we’ve experienced other voices who roll their eyes at the mere mention of Obama, Hillary, and Edwards. I’m not sure that either approach at having a conversation is the best at trying to convince us of their personal preference. In fact, I’d say it only makes us want to defend “the other guy”. Even Hillary, who I can say I am not interested in at all, gets my support when people start in on the Nutcracker comments. Seriously? If she were a man and with the same attitude, words, policies etc., NO ONE would be judging her in that manner. Are men that insecure?
Obama and Edwards have some great ideas and though I haven’t researched every single policy, I like what I’ve read and heard. Unfortunately, they are pro-choice and I cannot seem to wrap my brain around supporting a person who believes in any form of abortion.
This leads me to investigate the GOP. As a registered republican I find many of my friends assuming that this is the only way to vote. Stick with the party! Again, I ask- seriously? Is that how we should vote– just with the party we’ve decided most resembles our own ideals? What about voting for the person who best fits for this presidential season? I voted for Bush with the former mentality and look at our country.
So, I’m at the point where I need to find the best person for the job. Looking at the republicans I find myself interested in Huckabee, though admittedly I haven’t researched McCain at all (yet). Huckabee’s radical tax plan is a bit difficult for me to imagine the real life implications of no income tax replaced with salary-based consumable taxes. I’m not sure with the state of the war that our country can handle a season of working out the tax chinks he’s proposing.
I feel like I’m searching for someone to like. But do I have to agree with absolutely every policy? No, and I don’t view life (pro-choice, pro-life) as a policy– it’s a non-negotiable. Does this make me the girl who votes for someone other than the person I think can do the best job because he’s pro-life. That’s how I voted before and it didn’t turn out so well.
I’ll keep researching… How do you research and decide who to pick while everyone is campaigning around you?