Students should ‘wreck the vote’
Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 02:10
The new year 2012 is just beginning to enter its third month and already numerous events of importance have occurred. The domestic problems coupled with global events intoxicate the mind, alluding to better times while simultaneously casting a shadow of doubt. It insinuates that peril awaits us down the track despite whether or not we switch trains.
Although the memories of relative peace and future fiscal blessings are within sight, their proximity is endangered due to coterie conflicts. I am referring to our soon-to-be-held presidential elections.
Today, and even more so in a few months, whenever you turn left or right you will be consistently bombarded by party propaganda from both the right and left. “Well, of course,” you might say, “It’s an election year, and as such it calls for campaigning from aspiring presidents as well as aspiring two-term officials.”
Naturally, we all expect to stare at the endless campaign bumper stickers in traffic, watch television campaign commercials and hear spirited debates about who is running the country worse.
With President Obama’s approval rating hovering around 50 percent, and a vivacious race among the GOP’s presidential aspirants, particularly between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the unavoidable general election will be a showdown between parties.
The question that permeates my mind is not “Who is better for the country?” but rather “Can I actually expect anything different?” Yes, there are multiple parties running for election and naturally this would mean that there are different ideologies presenting themselves to the nation as the correct one.
But if the options are electing one party puppet over another, then can we really expect any changes? It is foolish to think that one politician over another has your best interests in the forefront of their minds. Come election time your opinions matter, and the rhetoricians, both left and right, do a stupendous job at convincing you that they are in this race solely to better you and the nation at large.
The problem is that these are merely words, alluring and awe-inspiring though they may be. Their only validation comes from the faith of those that they entrance. To blindly trust these politicians as having your best interests at heart is equivalent to presuming the first stranger you see after reading this is looking out solely for you and not themselves. That is as if they tell you this, you should outright believe the stranger. You know them no better than the politicians we will be forced to choose from.
So what am I saying? Don’t vote? Well I must admit it’d be interesting if everyone abstained from voting, but that is not my purpose, nor is it realistic.
I’m not of the opinion that indifference will make a difference, nor that we will forever remain a two-party system coupled with an electoral college. Instead I believe we must reach into the past, finding firm footing upon which we can construct a stable, efficient foundation for future generations to utilize in governing themselves.
Rather than propagate indifference by suggesting abstinence from voting, I implore you to go out and become fully knowledgeable about our country’s premises. These, in my view, are nothing less than the pure ideologies of a democratic republic.
There is no left, right, you or I. There is only a we. We must make decisions based off of what is beneficial for our society at large rather than giving our loyalties to parties that we have tied ourselves to with an imaginary noose that is caressing our nation’s neck.
This past year we’ve witnessed the flaws in both the Democratic and Republican parties. They’re biggest fault, in my opinion, is their inability to see past party affiliations and ideologies to come together to work for the betterment of the people whom they govern. If this is a prologue of the future that we are to live and written about following our lives, then neither of these parties deserve the privilege to govern us and represent our nation.
Soon, we as a nation will be asked to make a choice, that will be interpreted by our electoral college, as to who is more deserving of the position of president. Before we go to the polls, we must ask ourselves, “Do either of these men deserve to run our country?” and “Have they given an inkling of altruistic behavior seeking to better the state rather than their parties’ political positioning?”
It is time that we demand changes from all politicians who propagate partisan politics ultimately making the citizenry foot the bill. Don’t vote Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or along any other party lines. Vote for those who have earned the privilege to hold such an esteemed position. Fight for the survival of your nation, not a party. End the reign of the Republicrats.