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10 October 2008 @ 02:55 am
It's time to vote!! \^o^/  
I've gotten my voter's ballot in the mail!! ^^

I can't help but feel that the presidential election this time is one of the most important ever. While I'm not a big fan of Obama, I think that if McCain is elected, important rights will continue to be denied. With Obama, it's not a sure victory by any means, but at least it's more likely that, eventually, basic human rights will finally be instated. I'm talking about gay marriage (marriage in name AND reality, separate is not equal). And hopefully we will finally get free universal health care. And maybe no more stupid war? I don't know.. and honestly I'd rather be voting for someone who will stand up and outright say that they support the things that I want (instead of skirt the issues), but I hope deeply that McCain doesn't get elected. It would surely continue the downward spiral that we've been on as a country. T____T *cries* So I have to vote this year, even though it is a pain in the butt to do it from abroad. Even though my vote doesn't really count for presidential elections (the electoral college is a stupid, outdated antiquated system that needs to be done away with, seriously). Even though I really only am voting for the lesser of two evils just to keep the worst one out of office. Three times Presidents have gained office that did not receive the majority of the popular vote. Urgh. Well, I hope that my regional elections, in which my vote DOES count, will make some kind of difference. I will look over the measures that are up tomorrow and pick out everything.

Well, that was my one and only soapbox for the election season. I actually don't have a large interest in politics, and I don't make a huge effort to keep up, but I do try to pay attention to the things that matter to me. For the sake of Americans around the world, and people from other countries that tend to follow the US's example, please legalize gay marriage ♥ ban smoking ♥ relax immigration laws (or preferably get rid of borders entirely, this is better) ♥ stop maging war ♥ start teaching more in-depth courses of tolerance of other cultures in schools ♥ give us government-funded free health care ♥ free schooling ♥ more jobs ♥ and the list goes on. I want everyone under the world to get along and be friends and act as one world, not just one country.. is that too much to ask? =^-^=
 
 
 
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
You're right, both sides have stated terrible things when it comes to gay marriage. But I do believe that with Obama, at least we have the chance of changing his mind. Hopefully he will come around. I think that he could be persuaded a lot easier than McCain will (and there is always the chance that he is lying, since to take a stance on gay marriage now carries the risk of being a political suicide). Yeah, and I don't think that Obama's health care system is perfect, but again it's all about heading in the right direction. Eventually the US will catch up with Canada and so many other countries that have free health care.

It's true though that my vote doesn't count. With the electoral college system and having the electorate not bound by the majority, the person elected into office doesn't have to have the majority of popular votes. It's happened three times in history, having the person who didn't win the popular vote elected into office. It makes me sad, because in the end our votes truly count for nothing. T___T