Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Practicing my civic duty

i went and voted yesterday, which had much more of a fulfilling effect on me than i would have anticipated. Of course that's all negated by the fact that i'm in a state that's pretty much a sure lock for one side. every time the elections roll around the validity and necessity of the electoral college comes into question. is it serving the purpose that the founding fathers had originally intended? did they forsee our ability to have such vast and all-encompassing knowledge at our fingertips as to be able to make an informed decision? or were their views on the ignorance of the masses still accurate? how many people across this country blindly follow their leaders? how many don't care enough to find out about the stances that the candidates have on pertinant issues? how many rely on things like looks, religion and "values" to make their choice?

this has been a close, hotly contested race. it will be interesting to see what happens, not just in the oval office but the international reaction as well. i'm not a fan of the incumbent but i have my reservations about the challenger as well. i think they're both stretching truths and spouting quotes that we want to hear. who can we trust?

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