I'm a little hesitant to tell my non-voting secret to all the world. Is it too provocative? You only think I'm joking because you haven't read all the blog responses I get in my inbox! Well, here I am: exercising my freedom of speech and my freedom not to vote, announcing my dark secret on the internet.
I will admit that I'm lazy when it comes to local politics. They don't feel very relevant right now, although being a Mecklenburg County homeowner, I guess that's inaccurate. I read my national news on the internet and get lots of emails (real ones, not forwards!) from my brother-in-law Phil. That's my political education.
POTUS. When it comes to personalities, I don't think I care. Does the personality of the president really affect policy and the direction of our nation that much? When it comes to overarching policies, I don't feel qualified to vote. Do I have a clear sense of how the country should run best? No. I can see the arguments on both sides, and since neither big nor small government has proven themselves yet, I don't know where to go. When it comes to issues (war, abortion, etc), I find myself divided between the two. There's no real winner. Or loser.
If you think I'm an idiot, I'd say it's further proof that I'm really not the person to be making a decision like this.
Did you know that in Peru you have to vote in elections? Peruvians get fined for not voting, and they complain about it with gusto. I guess I'm grateful today that as an American, I have choices.