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A Vote of Confidence

I was feeling very tentative about posting this. Not only is the content not Wolves or basketball related, it is my first fan post. So, go easy on me if you can. I hope my intent is understood. And I hope the conversation, debate, and dialogue that may or may not be generated by this post is constructive, honest, insightful, and respectful.

Here was the question I posed in the comments of this recent fanshot.

Would it be out of bounds to put up a fan post in which I asked for posters to help me decide who to vote for in the upcoming presidential election?

I’m having a hard time deciding how to cast my votes. I’ve been striking up conversations on the subject with any and everyone I can that seems to be open to an honest and informed dialogue. Honest and informed are the key terms. Diversity in opinion is a huge plus (politically or otherwise).

I love the dialogue that happens here. And though there may be a majority sentiment politically, I’d like to think that I could learn a lot from an open forum or debate on the subject.

I know there are plenty of other places to go for political opinions, but I tend to trust, appreciate, and understand the personalities and opinions gathered here more than I would some random politically-oriented forum on the vast internets. I’d hope that I (and the rest of the CH community) could discuss opposing viewpoints in a constructive manner in this way. I’d feel much better casting my vote after having better understood as many well-thought-out opinions as possible. And I think CH offers many many well-thought out opinions.

If that is too far out of basketball-blog-bounds, I completely understand and would respectfully refrain from said fan post creation.

by GDG on Sep 28, 2012 11:28 AM PDT

I felt better about it when when SnP promptly responded with:

Go for it.

by Stop-n-Pop on Sep 28, 2012 11:32 AM PDT

So I'm going for it.

I'm not sure how much more I need to add to my original question, but I thought I would at least give some context to where I am personally in my struggle to figure out what to do about the upcoming election. I tend to ramble, so I apologize in advance.

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I have a hard time deciding where I stand on the political spectrum. And honestly, I can see the merits of both sides. I don't understand why there has to be such a great divide and such close-minded idealism and stubbornness. That makes it sound like I am just a moderate, but I have fairly clear ideals when it comes to certain issues, I promise. Those issues generally put me a little more on the conservative end of the spectrum I guess. But I think I'm pretty open-minded and I'd like to think I try to let reason and logic prevail in most of my decisions. I'm not to proud to change my mind.

But when I vote, I don't say "I am a conservative-leaning middle of the road guy, so I'll just pick like-minded candidates and vote for them." Rather, I usually end up looking at the candidates offered up by the Democratic and Republican parties. After determining that they all appear to be the usual ineffectual political bozo's that in all likelihood won't represent me well, I am left searching for an alternative and more obscure candidate (whose chances to sniff an election win are as likely as David Kahn wearing skinny jeans, a cardigan and a scarf tied in a euro-knot).

I'm sorry, but I can't resist...

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Anyways, as much as I just want to throw my hands up and say "f*ck it, I don't want to choose between a kick to the groin or a punch in the face!" But I think it is important that I cast my vote for someone. If I don't cast that vote, how can I complain about the outcome?

Should my lack of faith in the two parties and their candidates sway me from voting at all? Or should I just vote for the obscure guys on principle knowing they won't win anyways? If I want more options outside of the two main parties, shouldn't I vote on principle alone for an obscure candidate who clearly has no chance of winning? Republican ideals aside, should I vote for Romney in the hopes that a change in the White House would be the catalyst for some form of positive change in the government? (Though, I'm not sure I could look past the Mormonism anyways.) Or should I vote for Obama simply because, in my opinion, he comes across as just a smidgeon less of a bozo than most of his counterparts?

This is my dilemma every 4 years. In past elections I've voted obscure, I've not voted, and I've tried to pick the lesser of two evils. I've never been happy with or confident in any of those decisions. I'm hoping, with all of your input, this year might be a little different.

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