There’s a Difference

I just want to point out that there’s a difference between refusing to vote for Republicans and promising to vote for Democrats. No Democrat is guaranteed my vote. Just because I’m taking a moral stand against the Republican party doesn’t mean I’m automatically going to vote for any person who calls themselves a Democrat. This distinction might cause me some moral dilemmas in November, if any of the Democrats turn out to be unsuitable candidates, but I’ll deal with that when and if it becomes necessary.

Other people are apparently not making similar distinctions. I’m concerned by how many people I’ve heard say that they will vote for their party straight down the ticket. The implication is that they will vote for anyone, as long as that person is in the “right” party.

That’s not cool. Don’t vote for Republicans if you don’t want to, and don’t vote for Democrats if you don’t want to, but at least take a long, hard look at the candidates of your party before you hand over your votes to them. It’s just as important to know who you’re voting for as it is to know who you’re voting against.

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2 Responses to There’s a Difference

  1. sprite says:

    I routinely write in someone else for D.C. Council rather than voting for the Democrat who’s represented our ward since before Rudi and I moved here. Sadly, the guy who I used to write in (and who I truly felt would do a great job if elected) has died, and I don’t remember who I wrote in last time, but I’ll continue to find an alternative as long as the current guy runs unopposed. (And, frankly, I’d consider voting for a socially liberal Republican if one decided to run against him.)

  2. chick says:

    I think a write-in is a great way to deal with the dilemma. I used to at least consider the idea of voting for Republicans, and perhaps I will again someday, but not until they (as a party) start behaving better. The only way I could possibly consider a Republican candidate right now would be for small, local positions, and ONLY if they didn’t support Trump.

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