Tuesday, August 23, 2011
My Choice -- My Way
This morning I proudly exercised my one office under the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia by voting to select a candidate to represent me in the Virginia House of Delegates. The general election is not until November, but I like to exercise my rights as often and as early as possible.
Don't expect me to tell you who I voted for. It is, after all, a secret ballot. Neither will I specifically identify who I voted against. A secret is a secret, and who I voted for or against is not the subject of this post. This post is about how I arrived at my decision.
Since this was a party primary, the two candidates are very similar in their views and stands on "the issues". With the exception of their chosen professions and work experience, there's probably not a dime's worth of difference between them. So, to differentiate themselves from their opponent, each has seemingly delighted in digging up the dirt and publishing accusations which again were strikingly similar. So I know going in that whoever gets my vote will be someone else's idea of a crook, and I'm stuck determining which of two alleged crooks I want representing me in Richmond.
And then, I determined the ultimate differentiator.
When they passed the act implementing a National Do Not Call List, Congress conveniently exempted political organizations from having to observe its provisions. As a result, every election season, I find myself spammed with calls and robo-calls from candidates and their political organizations. The calls with a person on the other end are easy to take care of. I politely inform the caller that I don't wish to be bothered at dinner time or in the evening and that any further calls will result in me supporting their opponent. So far, it's worked every time.
Robo-calls are a bit different. Since there is no person to which I can respond, I protest with the only weapon available to me. I vote for the candidate who has done the least to disturb the peace of my existence with calls and robo-calls. And this time, as in every election, there was one clear winner.
I mean, given similar positions and experience and putting aside the fact that each considers the other to be a crook, what's left?