Why don't we put "none of the above" on the presidential ballet?
trickynick, I really like the idea you put down, that's basically what I do myself, but this time around I don't want to see any of the candidates in office. All of them have huge problems either with their policies, past decisions, or I cant stand for what they agree with. AHHH! What's a girl to do? Seriously, I had it narrowed down to a candidate I liked and started doing the homework behind it because I won't vote without knowing everything (I'm not naming names so as to not make anyone else judge the same way) but then I found something in this person's past voting history I cant agree with. The other's I just don't feel comfortable with, because the policies are skewed or from other probs in the past. I don't want to not vote, but I'm having trouble ethically with voting for someone I don't believe in. I know there's the whole lesser of two evil's thing, but I don't know if I can do it.
torikeene, I know what you mean but I have found that sometimes when I run across a voting record that I disagree with, upon further research, have found the reason it was voted either for or against, had nothing to do with the actual issue but rather the other things that were "tacked" on. there is an excellent congressman from my district that I usually agree with on every vote, a couple of times I was surprised by a vote. I wrote to him regarding this and received a detailed response as to why he voted against those bills. they each had a clause that would have allowed huge monetary spending for something completely unrelated! I have found that I would rather have someone who reads the ENTIRE bill (including the sneaky additions) and votes yea or nay based on it's entirety than someone who just votes on the "meat" part of the bill. that might be what is happening in your case.
sorry, but not voting is not the same as "none of the above". "none of the above" expresses displeasure with the given choices. not voting expresses that you don't care, or were too lazy, or didn't like the candidates...could mean anything. the third party candidate is sometimes considered a "none of the above vote" but as a person that believes this country deserves more than two parties, it doesn't mean that to me. I think the way to pick your candidate is to make a list of what you care about, pick the candidate who stands for the most that you care about, and if they don't disagree with your feelings on any large issues, vote for that one.
Of those promoting 'none of the above', have you checked out any of the 3rd parties? You'll send a much stronger message with a vote to an independent or a 3rd party than you will by writing in 'none of the above'.
I believe it's not compulsory to vote in America; not voting is basically the same thing as "none of the above".
I think we should put none of the above just so we can know for statistic purposes...