My vote will be a fully supported vote or no vote at all.
Well, today is the day. Tomorrow, the United States of America will declare a new President to lead the next four years. This is history.
But, what is more historical is how wacky this certain election season has been. I don’t think I need to explain it to you- but, it’s been wild. It’s also been very hard to find who my views coincide with because it is hard support such terrible people.
I understand that our president can be a fine president and not a fine person. In reality, it is all about having a congress that can make changes. When you look at it, the president has the power to sign or veto legislation, command the armed forces, ask for the written opinion of his or her Cabinet, convene or adjourn Congress, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors, (Google). Congress has the power over financial and budgetary matters, through the enumerated power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. And lastly, the Senate has power to review and approve or reject presidential appointees to executive and judicial branch posts.
So why do I not feel right voting? As an American, it is my privileged to cast my vote to elect our leaders. Not every country gives its citizen this amazing opportunity. Think about it- we have much more power than we think. But, this election season, I cannot seem to find a common ground with any of the candidates. I thoroughly believe that if I cast my vote, I am going to cast my vote toward the candidate that I feel is 100% most fitting- and I don’t feel that way.
This certain election season I have been hearing a lot of “I am going to just vote 3rd party.” That’s great, if you believe in the 3rd party views. I don’t believe in voting 3rd party simply because they are not Trump or Hilary. To me, vote for the party you fully stand behind.
I could tell you what I believe in and what I don’t believe in for each of the candidates. However, I am not one for really voicing my opinion. To me, my opinion is my opinion and your opinion is your opinion. I’m not going to change yours and you won’t change mine.
Between Trump, Clinton, Johnson and Stein, for the most part, I stand behind some of each of their views, and some of their views I strongly disagree with. In the end, I most strongly agree with Stein and the Green Party. However, for the good of the economy and bigger issues American is faced with, I do not believe Stein is a good fit.
Being the environmentalist I am, I want to make serious changes for our climate. I think climate reform is so incredibly important for the world, and I want a candidate that will focus toward making the changes we are in desperate need of. However, in reality, I also want a candidate that will do positive changes for the whole good of the United States- economy, war, racism, nuclear power, foreign policy, government reform, ect. Do I see the Green Party as a good fit for both? No.
Further more, I genuinely feel like my vote will not matter this election season. More than ever, this election is riding on the 11 swing states- specifically Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. If Clinton wins just one of these swing states, welcome our 45th President of the United States.
The winner needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes. If states vote similar to past years, Clinton already has 242 of those votes.
Why is Florida so important? With 29 electoral college and a swinging history, Clinton can win Florida, loose Ohio and Pennsylvania, and still win.
With 20 electoral college votes, Pennsylvania has typically been considered Republican. Now, the industrious state is well considered Democratic.
Arizona is also important to watch as the candidates are fairly equal in the polls.
Am I bummed out? Incredibly. I wish I was excited for an upcoming new leader, however my feelings of excitement are filled with fear. As much as I wish my vote could count, I am another American who believes the decision is not in my hand.
I am a strong believer in casting your vote though, don’t get me wrong. I would be ecstatic to cast my own very vote in an United States of America Presidential Election- I mean, what an honor! Maybe next time around, but for this year, I am afraid I do not feel like fully supporting any of the candidates.