I have never revealed my political beliefs online. My stance on this issue or that. I’m not going to do that here, either. But I am going to talk about my stance on elections.
I remember as a kid being on a bus full of kids all chanting “Nixon! Nixon! Nixon!” before the election when Nixon beat McGovern. Kids just parroted their parents’ support and very few parents in that Indiana town, or anywhere in the country for that matter, supported McGovern.
A couple years later, I was glued to the TV, watching hours and hours of Watergate hearings. I watched Nixon give his resignation speech. I watched as a man who wasn’t even elected as Vice President get sworn in as President.
Welcome to politics. When I turned 18 I registered. As an independent. I’ve been a registered independent ever since. And I have voted in every presidential election since.
And here is why I am undecided: I choose to do it this way. I ignore the politics. I have spent the last few months blissfully uncaring about tax returns and birth certificates and binders full of women and horses and bayonets.
Sound apathetic? Hardly. I take the election seriously. I voted on the Palm Beach County butterfly ballot. I am aware of how important my vote is. I just ignore the politics.
Here’s what I’m going to do. Sometime before election day I’m going to sit down with an open mind and look at how all (not both) the candidates stand on the issues. And I’m going to weigh how important those issues are that I either agree or disagree with. For instance, if something is a state issue or a Supreme Court issue it won’t affect my decision as much as an issue that will directly affect me, my family, my friends or my job (which is directly affected by election results.) Then I will do the same thing with all the other races on the ballot. And I will decide based on that, and I will vote. It’s the way I did it four years ago and eight years ago and it’s the way I’ll do it four years from now.
This is the time in every election cycle where people on both sides of the political fence will mock undecided voters. I assure you, I am neither “brain dead” nor “clueless.” This is the kind of arrogance that makes me ignore the politics and wait until the election nears to even think about it. Thankfully you can’t tell me when to decide any more than you can tell me who to vote for. I’m not undecided because I’m confused. I’m undecided because I haven’t thought about it yet.
So, at some point I’ll realize the election is near and I’ll think about things as an independent voter, and I’ll decide and I’ll vote.
America. Hell yes.
I’m Jim Reams, and I endorse this message.