No quilt content today, even though I finished two quilts this week. I should be able to post pretty pictures after Sunday, so you’ll just have to wait.
On to the business at hand: voting. As an American living overseas I vote by Absentee Ballot. I received my materials weeks ago, but as I can be a major procrastinator, and I hate reading all the horrible legalese about why a certain candidate or measure is worse than another, I naturally put it off. When I finally looked at my ballot a few days ago, I saw that it was for the 2004 presidential election, NOT the 2006 mid-term election. (Conspiracy to keep me out of the voting process?) With an average of 10 days needed to mail something through the military postal system to my PO box here, and another 10 days to return my ballot to my home state, I figured I wouldn’t be able to rectify the problem in time.
TS&WGH to the rescue! — he informed me of the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot. I had registered in a timely fashion, so I could just print out the form, cast my vote and the envelope will go to the post office later today. It should reach the proper authorities before the deadline, although I have my doubts that Absentee Ballots are actually counted anyways.
Now the fun part. I’m going to lay it all on the line. TS&WGH and I had a conversation last night about bringing balance back into the US government. He made the point that there can’t be balance if the parties are essentially the same. Case in point: if the Democrats are so gung-ho about stoping Republican hawkism, then why didn’t the Senate Democrats rally together in 2003, when the think-tanks were predicting that war in Iraq would only stir the hornet’s nest not quell it, and vote NO on the invasion? (I suspect they didn’t want to rock the boat just before the ’04 elections. See how well that worked?) As usual, my husband is right. As long as I have been a voter I have been frustrated. I think that politicans in general are slimeballs, and I hate that I have to choose between the lesser of two evils.
When I regstered to vote in 2004 I declined to choose a party affiliation. I was impressed by the Green Party’s platform synopsis in the voting materials that were sent with my ballot back then. Of the information submitted, it was the most well-formed, susinct, and addressed the issues that were important to me. I didn’t want to “waste” a protest vote then, but I’m willing to do it now. I voted Green across the board. There, I said it. I don’t care if you respect me in the morning or not. I’m going to affect a regime change (at least in my little voting record). So, these people are grassroots, they are not polished public speakers, they have little experience in big politics, and they don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected. But, if we want change, we’re going to have to think outside of the box. I want to send the message that I’m tired of business as usual and all the arguments over who’s lies are worse than who’s. I’m ready for someone who’s fired up and ready to try a different tactic. Hey, since my voting Democratic for so many years hasn’t changed much in Washington, I’m ready to try something different.