After many days of bitching about the fact that I didn't register to vote in time, my Mom finally said to me: Just go to vote, maybe you'll be on the list. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
So I did. Turns out I registered to vote sometime in the past (which I don't remember doing, but what the hell, that's fine with me). Turns out I was "more registered than (Travis)" who registered late.
I really, really, really wanted to write in Colin Powell. I really, truly did. I wish he would have run. It would have been a wasted vote as Virginia is a swing state this year, but it would have felt good. I have absolutely no faith in either candidate that has been chosen by the two major parties in this country.
My dad asked me a couple months ago, between McCain and Obama who would I choose and I replied, "C. None of the above." My dad took that and ran with it, turning it into "I want more choices." It's what he repeats whenever someone asks about who he's going to vote for.
To quote the character Leo McGarry, "Because I'm tired of it. Year, after year, after year, after year, having to choose between the lesser of who cares. Of trying to get myself excited about a candidate who can speak in complete sentences. Of setting the bar so low I can hardly look at it. They say a good man can't get elected. I don't believe that - do you?"
I know a lot of people have a lot of faith in Obama and McCain and I respect that. I know a lot of people think they're good men in their own ways. I respect that as well. Unfortunately, I don't really think either of those things are as true as people want to think they are, which is a shame. I want to like Obama, I just can't. I honestly believe he'll get to the White House and say, "Now what?"
I guess I'm still waiting for a person to believe in - a person like McGarry's Bartlet. Until that day comes, if it comes at all, I'll be choosing the "lesser of who cares."
I'll leave you now with my absolutely favorite quote from West Wing - "Act as if ye have faith and faith shall be given to you. Put it another way? Fake it til you make it."