Purple Is My Best Shade
I am not watching the conventions. I am not disinterested or unconcerned, but I don’t wish to be confused by the entertainment factors, hype, and media analysis. I am waiting for the printed speeches and the policies of each party to be available and then I am studying them like a mathematical problem that needs solving. I will print some of the speeches and write notes in the margins and even use colored pens to insert my ideas, thinking, and quotes from my reading.
I will not be considered Blue or Red. I am attempting to look for what I perceive to be the very best choice for our country and the future of our children. I am looking at my values and principles and making my very best judgment call when I cast my vote in November. So please consider me – Purple. I still have hope for the future of this country I call home.
I have been at this process since 6th grade when the Governor of my State declared me an Official Independent Voter and asked me to write a paper about how to be a “good voter” under the United States Constitution. I did this exercise and met with the Governor because only one other person would be for Kennedy in our class’s mock election, but my Father could get fired from his job if we were declaring a specific allegiance to a party.
I find it extremely difficult to understand people who vote for one party or the other without looking at what that Representative, Senator or President is actively doing, because what is the policy of one party may not be what is being carried out by that individual. One party currently doesn’t even seem to know what is written in the Constitution and that we are not a Kingdom with a bejeweled head of State. And I do not even find most people asking what is best for the country and all her citizens right now; rather I see that kind of junior high thinking about popularity and be on the side of the bully to save from being hit mentality.
So I am wondering what kind of process or “blink” do you use to make up what is the best placement of your vote? Do you have a system? What is your criteria for finding solutions that meet your needs? Your countries needs?
Do you feel like you have a voice? Do you feel unheard? Anyone asked you to be part of a political poll?
How do you make a choice? I would like to know?