It’s finally here.
I haven’t weighed in a lot about politics over the last few months, but I’m not indifferent toward today’s election results. My thoughts just haven’t changed much since the election season began, which was seemingly right after the midterm elections of 2006. It’s been a long campaign season, and like many of you, I’m glad it’s finally over.
In the national government races, I’ll be voting a straight Democratic ticket: Barack Obama and Joe Biden for President and Vice-President, Jim Martin in the Georgia race for U.S. Senate, and Jeff Scott for the House. While I’m not a registered Democrat, and I have voted for members of both parties in the past, I believe that these members of the Democratic party at the moment have a more rational approach to the issues that are important in this country today than their Republican counterparts (McCain/Palin, Saxby Chambliss, and Nathan Deal). I’ll also be voting against all three Georgia ballot measures.
You’re probably aware that my politics lean slightly left, and as a result, you’d guess that I’m displeased with the direction our country has taken recently, particularly on issues like social justice, the environment, civil rights, and foreign policy. I tend to support specific measures to help our poorest citizens, protect personal freedoms, and promote a peaceful worldview. Progress on these issues has, in my opinion, taken a step back under the leadership of the current Republican administration, and I’m aiming for change in that regard. There are still Democratic positions with which I disagree, and I dislike the way that both parties seem to retreat to their expected party positions as opposed to taking a stand for positive change. Clearly there’s a lot of progress to be made on many fronts, and my hope is that the people of our country can work toward practical solutions rather than sit idly by as the world evolves around us.
So, that’s where I stand. Hopefully you’ve considered the issues that will be relevant to your ballot and made plans to vote today. Treat yourself to a free chicken sandwich, coffee, or ice cream, and feel good about having participated in the democratic process.