"May The Best Man Win"
Tomorrow is Election Day, so make sure you get out and vote. This looks to be a heated election, so make your vote count by picking your candidates carefully.
I just did my usual information gathering on all the candidates (not just the Presidential ones), this took an hour or so more than usual since none of my local papers had a voter's guide this time around. I guess all the attention is focused on the two big candidates, so the little and not-so-little guys lose out.
Now I've got my candidates picked: 4 Republican, 2 Democrat and 1 Libertarian. So even though I'm non-partisan, it's easy to see what kind of core beliefs I hold to.
I was really interested in a heated battle between a pair of local candidates for a U.S. House seat. One put out an ad about his opponent, accusing her of being supported by an organization funded by terrorists (moveon.org was featured in the spot, though I've also read that it may also have something to do with her courting the Irish/American vote despite the fact that she's Irish/American), as well as condoning the rape and torture of people (she's opposed to the Iraq war). You heard that right, a woman who approved of people being raped and tortured. This was an actual television ad, I shit you not!
When I checked out the web sites of both candidates, the truth became evident. Her site contained all sorts of data on her record, beliefs and intentions. Her opponent's site didn't have much to say about anything, at least nothing that was stated with any clarity. This level of mud slinging offends me so much that I almost just went ahead and voted for his opponent just out of spite, but managed to take some time and look at how they both felt about the issues.
Now is the time for all of us to speak our minds by voting. If you don't vote, then I don't want to hear you bitching after the election.