2018-11-06 Election Day

It’s THAT day again. The day when all of America gets to exercise the right to vote. It’s the day that qualifies our country as a democracy. We pay taxes and therefore have the right to choose the people who will represent us in making or changing the laws. I for one am glad it’s finally here so we can be done (for at least a little while) with the campaigns and adds and solicitations and also the childish slandering and ridiculous promises.

It’s bad enough that I had to quit looking at Twitter for the last few months. There are a few sources of info that people have promoted and being armed with information is a good thing but how can you verify the source and rule out any underlying agenda and motivation. It’s tough.

I wonder how many people go to the polls uninformed or have their mind made up to vote a particular party line no matter who the candidates are? I’m guilty of doing that. Just think of all the wasted money on campaigns that could have been used for some good purpose. I wonder what would happen if we enacted a law that said candidates were to spend zero dollars on their campaigns and all the money raised world go to their charity of choice.

Then at least one would have insight into the true nature of their person. If Republicans donated to the NRA or to beef up troops at the borders and Democrats donated to the local food bank or homeless shelter or planned parenthood organization. Wouldn’t that help you decide? I mean you can always look at their track record on voting (assuming they previously held some office) and make decisions based on that, but that’s probably not far from the party line.

Wouldn’t it be great to have all the money donated to the public school system? That would really be an investment in America’s future. I wonder how much money that would be? Hold up let me check.

According to the Washington Post, the 2016 campaigns spent 6.5 billion dollars. That makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Americans spent 6.5 billion and we got The Turnip??!!! OMG that’s just disgusting. The mid terms don’t spend as much but the number is up there. According to another source (that can’t yet be verified 😉) it’s estimated at about 5 billion. And for what? So people can go into a voting booth and fill in a bubble on a form based on an ad or a sign in a yard??! Wow. 😱

https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/cost.php

I voted yesterday because I wanted to avoid the hassle today and it’s just easier to walk in to the election office in Sarpy County than deal with going to my polling place on the day of. I honestly don’t know if I’m saving myself much trouble because I’ve voted this way for a while and have no idea if there are lines or crowds at my polling place.

The only other thing I have to say about all this, of course, is that it doesn’t matter. The most irritating things that most candidates say that is that they are going to “change” things. I’m not opposed to change but no one person, or group of people really have the authority to say they are going to be able to do that.

Turnip says he’s going to “make America great again”, but he can’t do that. He’s certainly not doing it so far. I think things are going in the wrong direction actually. I don’t even like to think about it because I don’t like the way it makes me feel. Maybe that’s the real reason I vote early, so I can forget about it and get on with my day.

Just Another Tuesday,

~Miss SugarCookie

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