Voting with Integrity

I'm through voting for the lesser of two evils. Throughout my 33-year voting history, casting ballots for presidents, governors, senators, mayors, city council people, only three of the hundreds of candidates I've voted for—Carter, Clinton and Gore—were candidates I actually believed in. The rest were merely the lesser of two evils.

I'm afraid to speak my truth to my circle of friends and acquaintances, 99 percent of whom are just left of liberal, politically. They seem to actually believe Barrack Obama is an effective president. I don't get it. Perhaps I'm misinformed, but the U.S. seems to be involved in just as many wars today as we were four years ago. Health care is still a mess and unaffordable for millions of Americans, myself included, and will remain so even after ObamaCare takes effect. Unemployement is rampant, especially in Pennsyltucky, where I happen to live. College educated adults in Northeast Pennsylvania have a better chance of winning the lotto than finding a job that is in alignment with their education level here. I'm just going to flat out say it: I think Obama's tenure would be a complete failure, but for one thing—the international community loves him. As a traveler, I must admit it is fun to go abroad and not be met with disdain merely for being an American. If I were still living abroad, I might throw my vote Obama's way. But I'm not.

Unfortunately, the only thing worse than another four years of Obama, in my opinion, would be four years of Romney.

I don't like either candidate. And I don't believe either candidate has my best interests in mind. Under Obama, the rich became richer and the middle class shrunk. Under Romney, the same will happen.

That's why I'm voting for Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. Her values, from what I've read and heard, are in alignment with my values.

The few friends I've shared my intentions with give me a hard time. I will only be syphoning away a vote from Obama, essentially voting for Romney. Those friends who agree they are no better off now than they were when Bush was screwing things up tell me at least Obama isn't Romney. Obama is the lesser of two evils.

But I know that as a nation if we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils, that is what we will always have. And less evil is still evil.

I'm voting my conscience even though my candidate has no chance of winning. I am starting my personal process of aligning my voting with my values. Maybe someday a majority of Americans will do that and then, finally, we will witness true change and progress, rather than more or less of the same.

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