I hate to say it, but I don't think I'm voting in the presidential election this year. I am, admittedly, filled with apathy. It just doesn't seem to make a difference, ever. No matter which party, no matter what they promise you, no matter what their platform ... once they get in office few presidents have fulfilled their promises or, if they have, the outcome is seldom plays out "as it seemed it would". It just seems like there's 'bigger guns' than president.
There's too much drama and obviously too many lies (from both sides, about themselves and toward each other). Once again, we are left with the lesser of two evils. I don't feel comfortable or passionate with either presidential team. Unfortunately, I am not politically saavy and have to depend on, and learn from others. If I don't vote, then I can't complain, can't blame, or be responsible with the results and direction of this country in the next four years.
I have never voted "party" (although I am FORCED to pick a party in order to vote in the primaries - which sways the numbers and makes them inaccurate). For years, I never voted at all and now that I am more interested and want to vote, I have nothing or no one to get excited about ... tsk, tsk, tsk ... it is a sad state of affairs, just like the condition of the country.
I don't know how I feel about Romney's pick for vice president. I know little about Paul Ryan. The more I hear, it seems he's both admired and disrespected in his own state. He seems charismatic and a prolific speaker; that can be good, or bad. He's young and green, like Obama. I find it interesting to have a political team of a Momon and a Catholic ... wowsa!
And, Obama ... well, I'm not impressed with the male role models he had in his growing years. A child born into a mixed marriage, of one black and one white parent, used to be referred to as 'mulotto'. I never thought of that as racist or offensive; it was simply a way of describing that kind of relationship. When, how, and why did all of that become 'politically incorrect' and offensive? And, being a member of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church for nearly a quarter-century, I can't help but think that some of all that craziness (my opinion) wasn't absorbed into Obama's psyche.
Biden is Roman Catholic. He and Obama have both endorsed gay marriage. Our country and churches are still divided on the gay marriage and gay rights issues. I'm not making any judgement one way or the other, just stating fact.
I know this is an unfair and unusual comparison but I can't help but think about the fact that Roseanne Barr was born Jewish and was also made to attend the Mormon church ... another 'wowsa'! I guess not such an odd comparison considering she has put herself in the presidential political race.
Each team's beliefs and direction of where they want to take this country seem to be polar opposite. To me, there are no clear answers ... it saddens me that I feel compelled to vote for one because I don't like what I see in the other. I am plagued with voter apathy! It's all so surreal ...