November 2, 2010

Why This Atheist Voted

Today was one of those days where it was somewhat tough to get away to vote. The thought of not bothering certainly crossed my mind. No ballot measures or school board races. And besides, the Congressman I knew I had to vote for is adamantly opposed to reproductive freedom for women and does a terrible job of representing my wishes in Congress.

In the end, it came down to simple math. I had to hold my nose and cast my vote for him because it was the only thing I could do to try to prevent John "the Orangeman" Boehner from taking over as Speaker of the House. Did it help that this Congressman's opponent was a teabagger? Absolutely. But it still didn't leave me feeling very good.

I am sick and tired of having to choose between two terrible options, even when one is clearly worse than the other. I'm beyond ready to embrace the idea of running primary candidates against those who fail to keep their promises in office or turn out to be unwilling to fight on important issues. And yes, this includes President Obama. But in this election, there wasn't much I could do. Staying home would have helped elect a teabagger. And that was not an option.

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