Today is Election Day. Today is the day some people have been looking forward to, while others have dreaded. Today is the day voters are given the charge to set the course for the country over the next few years. As I’ve stated numerous times before, I predict a major shift in the country’s political position. Namely, I see Republicans picking up at least eight seats in the Senate and at least 40 seats in the House of Representatives. It won’t be pretty for the Democrats.
What role will I play in this, you ask? Let’s put it this way:
While I think some Republicans have certainly proven their worth, the overwhleming majority of them have nothing quality-laden to bring to the table (except, perhaps, when it comes to preserving the interests of the wealthy). Meanwhile, many Democrats have done more to manipulatively play on the sensibilities of the working class, minorities, and the poor than even their opponents on the right. So given my status as a [relatively] young, black, working class citizen with aspirations of seeing progressive reform through governmental actions, the question becomes: Do I support the Party of Bad Ideas or the Party of No Ideas?
There’s no doubt that this country is governed by two parties. Even the Tea Party – who is supposedly committed to the principles of Libertarianism – is nothing more than a radical fringe of the Republican party. So despite being an industrialized nation which has made advancements in virutally every field of science and art, we find ourselves in a position where all of our hopes rest in an archaeic system only represented two political agendas; both evil in their own rights. Therein lies the ultimate problem with the political philosophy of this country; and the root of my frustration as a political scientist. We work within a system that grants a particular person or group of people with power, but then limits our choices to binary options. In turn, we accept and abjectly capitulate to certain electoral limitations (often times self-imposed, since we’re the ones actually doing the voting) despite ostensibly being committed to true democracy.
All that said, who am I voting for? What party will I support? Who do I think will best represnt the collective interests of this country? Hard to tell. And I certainly won’t use this post (or this blog) to preach to you about who to support. But I will urge you to at least get out and vote. Voting (even in the system of limitations we have in place) is one of the most sacred tenants our democracy. Now, should you decide to walk into the box today and select candidates at random, that’s fine and dandy. In fact, maybe we all should.