This 4th of July, we watched 1776 on TCM. I love that musical, and I felt the familiar stirring of national pride when the members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration. Which is why my current thoughts are so sad. I don't really want to get political here. Frankly, I don't want to get political anywhere. So, without getting into specifics or issues, I'll simply say this. I'm thinking about...*whispers*...not voting this year.
Before everyone gets their Constitutional Tomatoes ready to throw, I know voting is every citizen's duty, as well as their right. That people fought, suffered, and died for me to have that right. And the suffragettes had to fight, in many instances, their own husbands so I could have the right to vote. My voice can be heard and if I don't vote I don't get to complain and blah blah blahbitty blah.
The problem is, for whom do you cast your vote when there is no one running you want to elect? I've never voted straight party line in my life, but it is frustrating when the person I was backing didn't win the primaries. What now? Party or even philosophy (liberal or conservative) will tell you Too. Bad. Vote for the one who won the primary or This Evil Guy from the other side might win! But that feels wrong too. I want to vote for somebody, not vote against somebody else.
And my citizenship fervor becomes as appealing as lukewarm coffee when it looks as if I'll be voting for the lesser of two evils. Sigh.
On the other hand, most of the people I'd really like to see in the job have way too much sense to get involved in that mess. I just wish there was an option on the ballot that read: None of the Above.