This afternoon, my folks and I went over to the polls. This week in Florida we have early voting, and as they say, the early bird gets the worm. (Or in this case, the election!) The line was a bit long, but I can only imagine it will be much longer on Election Day. So the earlier we vote the better.
You all should know by now whose name I marked on the ballot for president: good ol’ governor of New Mexico himself Gary Johnson. Sure, he doesn’t stand a chance of winning, but at least I can sleep soundly tonight with a clean conscience knowing I voted for someone I believe in.
Next on the ballot was the senator. The Republican candidate was Connie Mack, who voted in favor of the NDAA 2012 and its indefinite detention provision. No way in hell was I voting for a man who gladly voted away our civil rights. Instead, I voted for Independent candidate Chris Borgia. His website concisely listed his policies—most of which I supported: auditing the Fed, rolling back the EPA and DOE, opposing SOPA, PIPA, and the NDAA. He's pretty much a younger, hipper Ron Paul. So he had my vote.
Picking the representative put me between a rock and a hard place. I had no desire to vote for Tom Rooney (who also voted for the NDAA) or William Bronson. The only third party candidate, who was a write-in candidate, was Tom Baumann of the Socialist Workers Party—in other words, not an option. I was considering not voting for the representative, but then I realized that doing so would probably allow a victory for Rooney. So I did what I had to do: I held my nose and pulled the lever for Bronson. I wasn’t proud voting Democrat, but if it meant getting rid of a civil rights-neglecting know nothing, so be it.
The other candidates were for local and state positions. Unfortunately, it was all Democrats and Republicans. With no third party options, I resorted to something that I despise: voting party line. I voted would have raised taxes in a heartbeat once elected, it was the only safe option.
Next up were Justices of the Supreme Court and of the District Court of Appeal. I knew nothing about any of them, so I did not vote. If you’re uninformed, you shouldn’t vote. (In fact, if you’re grossly uninformed, you should be prevented at gunpoint from voting.) All I knew was that the three justices up for re-election were being targeted by Republicans down here for being “activist judges.” Of course, the term often applies to judges who vote against the Republican party line (Like “keeping dem gays from marrying” or “getting Jesus back in dem schools.”).
Finally were the Constitutional amendments, of which I only voted for one, which ironically was Amendment One—which prevents Obamacare from taking effect down here in Florida. The other amendments I voted against because I felt they would be better off as legislation rather than amendments. Fixing a bad piece of legislation is easy, but once an amendment is passed, it’s pretty much set in stone, and removing or fixing it is a massive pain.
There were two amendments that caught my attention. First was Amendment Six, which prevented public funding of abortions. It sounds good, but the problem is that public funding of abortions is already illegal down here in Florida, and all this amendment would do is add more federal red tape. I hate abortions, but I hate needless government bureaucracy even more. So I voted no.
Another one was Amendment Eight, which is for religious freedom. Of course, by “religious freedom,” they really mean the freedom for religious schools to receive state funding, which isn’t so much religious freedom as it is a violation of church/state separation. So if you think about it, it’s more “anti-religious freedom”—for both the taxpayers and the schools. (After all, what the state funds, it regulates, and the last thing we need is government regulating religion.) Again, I voted no.
Those are my thoughts on the Florida elections. If your state has early voting, go out and vote now. The earlier, the better. And be sure to vote for the candidates and legislation that you believe in.