Why I Am an Independent Voter
I don’t often broach the subject of politics in blog posts, but in this election year we the people are witnessing catastrophic events that have been mishandled on both sides of the aisle. This is not a new modus operandi for Republicans or Democrats.
As a Christian, other people either expect me to vote Republican, or assume that I will. However, I am first responsible to God for how I view both political parties. And since neither party is willing to compromise on serious issues, such as the treatment of people seeking asylum who live in tent cities or making abortion a legislative issue instead of a personal decision for which a woman must try to explain when facing God, I choose to vote my conscience.
Unfortunately, many of the politicians have been in office for so long that they suffer from hearing loss, they are governing from the past, and they refuse to acknowledge that change is inevitable. If the president has term limits, then so should the members of Congress. Which brings me to another issue, the electoral college method for choosing our president.
According to USA gov, an official website of the United States government, “The process of using electors comes from the Constitution. It was a compromise between a popular vote by citizens and a vote in Congress.” I believe that this definition of the electoral college voting system worked extremely well when our politicians were honorable and led the country using a well-defined moral compass.
But it doesn’t work well anymore, because the information we have available to make decisions on who would govern our country the best gives us knowledge that wasn’t available when the constitution was written. Therefore, the American voter is more educated, insightful, and aware. Right now, we Americans are stressing out about who we should vote for, we might spend time researching the candidates, watching debates, and finally putting the tick mark on the ballot with excitement, yes excitement, over the fact that we live in America and are therefore privileged because we can vote. For what? Our votes don’t really count. Do they?
If and when, the political situation becomes fair, honest, respectful, and morally sound, then maybe I will vote my ballot all on the same party. Of course, I’m not sure I will live long enough for that to happen. Until then, I will continue to vote my conscience on both sides of the ballot.