Don’t Simply Cast Your Vote For A Political Party In The Midterm Election!

In the upcoming midterm election, we can not afford to simply vote a straight party ticket for one party or another, like our parents used to do. Instead, we need to look at and scrutinize each and every candidate, at every level, and decide whether s/he deserves to receive our vote.

Before we go to the polls, we need to assess our own values, our morals, our understanding of freedom and democracy, our understanding of right and wrong, the value we place on honesty versus lying, cheating, stealing, and corruption.

Do we believe that people with a skin color different from our own should have the same rights as we do? Do we believe that women should have the right to determine their own reproductive health? Do we believe that same-sex people have the right to love, to marry, to be happy? Do we believe that people with gender differences that we may not even be able to imagine, have a right to love and happiness? Do we believe that our history should be taught to our kids in school the way it occurred, warts and all, so that they may learn from it? Or do we want to teach them the “Ozzie and Harriet” version of history, just so they may not feel uncomfortable when confronted by the “sins of their ancestors?”

By looking at ourselves and our values, by thinking about what world we want to live in, and what world we want our children to live in, we can then look at all the candidates running for election or re-election, and decide if they are worthy of receiving our vote.

Personally, I would never vote for a candidate who has supported the lie of a stolen election in 2020.

I would never vote for a candidate who supported, excused, or in any way downplayed the insurrection of January 6, 2021.

I would never vote for a candidate who supports restricting a woman’s right to an abortion.

I would never vote for a candidate who is pro gun, or who takes money from the NRA.

I would never vote for a candidate who wants to restrict voting rights, by restricting mail-in ballots, early voting sites, drop off boxes, etc., things that make voting easier for many people, but particularly working class people, poor people, black and brown people.

I would never vote for a candidate who does not believe in science.

I would never vote for a candidate who is intolerant towards people, things, or ideas that are new or different.

I would never vote for a candidate who panders to only a small group of people.

I would never vote for a candidate who clearly seeks the power of office rather than the responsibility of representing the voters.

I would never vote for a candidate who belittles or dehumanizes their political opponent, groups of people, ideas.

I would never vote for a candidate who has nationalistic views and thinks that these views are more important than any other views or issues.

I would never vote for a candidate who does not believe that there is a climate crisis and that we need to act to fight against it.

I would never vote for a candidate who is supported by racist entities, or who does not speak out against racism, racists, white nationalists and similar haters.

I would never vote for a candidate who is against equal rights for homosexual, queer, transsexual, transgender or any other persons who are not part of the “norm” as many of us see it.

I would never vote for a candidate who quotes the bible, frequently evokes the name of god, engages in public prayer, or believes that church and state should be closely connected. I believe that radical fundamentalists are a danger to society, no matter what religion they subscribe to. I would not mind if they just lived their lives the way they want to, but oh no, they want the rest of us to live our lives the same way, wanting to restrict our freedom and take away things that we value and believe in, or else we be sinners and evildoers.

I would never vote for a candidate who has shown to be a hypocrite.

I would never vote for a candidate who has violated the oath of office.

I would never vote for a candidate who does not stand up for what is right and decent, even and especially in the face of adversity.

This list could go on for a while longer, but I think the point is made. Think about what you stand for, and the kind of person you want to represent you in places of influence, and power.

I usually vote Democrat, because they have shown in the past, more often than not, to be on the side of the type of morals and decency that I support. However, I would vote for a Republican candidate in a heart beat if the Democrat running against him/her is a liar, is corrupt, is a hater, discriminator, religious zealot, gun supporter, science denier, etc.

I will vote for the candidate who reflects my values first, regardless of the political party they represent, and I urge everyone else to do the same!

OUR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY DEPEND ON IT!

Many Republican candidates have already shown themselves to be: supporters of the January 6 insurrection, supporters of the lie about a stolen election, supporters of the abortion ban, opponents to stricter gun control laws, opponents of equality for the LGBTQ+ community, history deniers, climate change deniers, book banners, anti-vaxxers, anti-mask mandate, etc.

A list of all the Republicans fitting the above description is too long to post here, but they can be found on local, state, and federal levels. You can go to these links to get information on some of them: AlterNet, MediaMatters, MediaMatters(2), The Guardian, Commondreams, Huffpost, AmericanIndependent, Vox, Truthout, Coppercourier.

As for Democrats who are in dire need of being voted out of office due to stupidity and possible corruption, only two come to mind, Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin!

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O-Man

O-Man

Born in what was then West Germany, at the beginning of the 60s, I came to the USA in 1979. I am married and have two kids. I believe in “live and let live.”