Wow, what a day.
In the grand scheme of things, ELECTION DAY 2012 is more important than MIDTERM for my Classical Mechanics Class. However, I’d already spent my time deliberating, reading up on the candidates and the various policies of each side toward the areas I am most concerned about. This election, like any election in my history, has been challenging; not because of the telemarketing polls, advertisements or the annoying banner-waving people at the intersections, but rather because I was definitely not in sync with either party.
My initial post on this blog was regarding the differences between Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives. Those terms used to be clear cut, but this campaigning has evolved into a trend of spending more money on publicity than money on effecting positive change in the name of fostering a healthy debate and multifaceted understanding of the key issues at stake.
And there were many issues at stake this time, namely in Maryland, the Civil Marriage Protection Act. My views on this subject, like most areas of my character, are somewhat evolving from election cycle to election cycle. Last time I voted, I was in college with what seemed like a majority of Republicans. However, I was attending a liberal arts college, where the faculty were all over the spectrum. The surrounding county was within the confines of the so-called Bible belt, with strong Southern Baptist emphasis. So I had a fairly diverse pool of peers with which I could discuss the issues.
This time, I am working for the DoD, in arguably one of the more liberal states, but in a pocket of conservatism,. The local sentiment outweighs the larger populace, in that the residents of this and the surrounding counties nearly always vote Republican. However, my peers consist of others in the defense sector – and let’s not parse words here: defense is big business and big business gets behind Republicans more often than not. So my conversations about politics at work were largely with Republicans, who made no attempt to keep their affiliations secret once the subject was broached (and usually in small settings – one thing that I love, though, is that talking about contentious issues at work is not a problem when the majority of your peers are mature and capable of reason).
I’m a Democrat. I diverge from many of the common principles, but largely, I am liberal versus conservative. But the people I love, my family and extended Church family – are overwhelmingly conservative. But my views are uniquely shaped by my experiences and values, and that’s my right as a citizen of these United States. Sometimes, I feel like I’m completely alone in how I see things. I won’t articulate my views here – maybe in a future post. But suffice it to say that when I got home from taking my midterm, I immediately checked the news. I care more about the outcome of this election than I ever have before. And that kind of surprised me, but it’s true.
Side note: So I get on facebook, and I see this incredibly racist remark from this guy I knew in high school. I thought about commenting, but before I could compose a thought that was plain enough for this idiot to understand it, a barrage of protests appeared from other people, and so by the time I commented, it was mostly in agreement with the protests. But I am grateful for the first time for the publicity of facebook. One more person might think twice before making an ass of himself again. Freedom of speech and all that, but sometimes people have some nerve.