I have avoided saying anything about politics in my blog for many reasons. Not from a lack of interest or knowledge but more from not wanting to alienate half my audience. I learned this when working for Weight Watchers and having a widely diverse membership. From very, very conservative Thousand Oaks to the very, very Liberal City of Santa Monica also known as the Republic of Santa Monica.
I just smiled and listened and kept my opinion to myself. And I will continue to keep my opinion to myself, however I have become very distressed by the number of people I meet who say they are simply not voting. I feel compelled to comment about this.
If you support either of the candidates by all means vote for them, I am not going to comment on either Party’s chosen candidates. If you want to hear or read or see anything about them just check CNN, MSNBC or Fox anytime of the day or night.
My advice is for the people who just want to skip the entire election. Beside drastically affecting all of the down ticket races from Senator down to your local city council. This will have a great impact on a lot of our daily lives, but that is not the point I want to make today. Unlike many other countries we are not required to vote so if you don’t vote nobody knows. Anderson Cooper may tell us we have had an unusually low turnout but with no real message sent.
Here is what I would like everyone, who object to both the Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates, to do. Please go to the polls and leave the Presidential box unchecked. You won’t change the outcome as is voting for one of the independent candidates. We will simply send a strong message to both parties we don’t like business as usual. If one million or ten million people vote but refuse to pick a President, someone will get the message. In 2020 you better believe they will be very careful with their choice for the most important job in the United States. Again if you love Hilary or the Donald, by all means check that box! If not GO TO YOUR POLLING PLACE AND JUST DON’T VOTE FOR PRESIDENT, vote for everyone else. This will give an actual quantitative figure to the powers that be, just how dissatisfied the public is with business as usual. Or in the case of the Republicans business as unusual.
If you think this plan is crazy please feel free to comment, but if you stop for even a minute and think this woman may have a point. Please, please send this to all 350 or 925 or 1,784 of your Facebook friends. Then drop me note how one acquires thousands of Facebook Friends.