It's done. It's over. Finally. Thank God.
I'm voting tomorrow, for the first time ever. There was a point I was excited about this election. Excited enough to even register to vote. Sure, since I live in Texas I know my vote is meaningless, but I was still sort of looking forward to trying it on for size. Pull the lever, close my eyes, and pretend that it matters.
Sure, it's more likely that I'll be killed in an accident on the way to the polls than my vote actually deciding any sort of election, but you have to try everything at least once, right? If I can eat snails and rotten eggs, I should be able to stomach voting.
Just to get it out in the open, I'll be pulling the lever for McCain, but I'll be holding my nose the entire time.
A fellow in San Francisco, with a look of great confusion and more than a bit of fear, asked me why I didn't want to vote for Barack. I told him the truth. The best we can ever hope for from our government is nothing. Gridlock. Frozen. Paralyzed by bullshit partisan bickering.
We live in troubled times, and government has an answer to all our problems. Unfortunately, the answer is more government. More power for the government and more money for the government.
Tomorrow we are going to elect the closest thing to a socialist the presidency has ever seen. This is not a good thing. If there is one political philosophy which should have been discredited by now, it's socialism.
You know who doesn't like socialism? People who used to live in socialist countries.
And yet we always come back to it. The idea of taking away one person's money and giving it to another seems to have some sort of appeal I don't understand. I don't want somebody else's money. I want to make my own.
Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty over the last 100 years than any other political idea has in the last 2000 years. But it still gets a bad wrap because it's 'just not nice'.
Why do we want to give it all up? Troubled times are scary, but why do we want to place our treasure and our trust with the same people who recently made it illegal for the FBI to search their offices during criminal investigations?
All I want, is to be left alone. Don't spread my wealth around, don't spread other people's wealth around on me. I don't expect the feds to show up if the banks foreclose on me, nor do I expect the feds to bail out my bank when they go bankrupt. For goodness sake, let us make our way in this world as best we can. I don't want to be saved from myself and I don't want to save others' from themselves. Don't take care of me or my neighbor, my neighbor and I will take care of each other.
The greatness of this country comes from it's people, not from it's government. Government can't solve problems. It can only spread them around.
Honestly, I don't really have much to say about this election. Obama has promised that the government will fix everything by becoming more involved in our lives and our businesses. McCain has promised a bit less, but still far too much.
We can't afford any of it.
I'd throw all the bums out if I could.