The Debate Is...

By Kristian Buckner | Oct 23, 2012

All I hear on the news any more is: "Why you should vote of Obama" or "Why you should vote for Romney." Which, is understandable. The election is coming up, and to be honest, this is the first year that I've taken any real interest in it. Four years ago I was 13 and only somewhat concerned about politics, but not much. This year, although I am only shy a few months away from voting, I'm taking a lot of interest in it. So much, in fact, that I've gained an opinion. (And I do like to hear others as well.) Alas, with all the excitement, (and humor), of the debates and campaigning, it's getting old. The conflict of "who you should vote for" and "why" is overwhelming. Not to mention the literal conflict of people. (A couple guys almost got in a fist fight over the whole deal.) People are taking this way too far.

Now, some may say I don't really have a right to an opinion. I'll give you naysayer's that. I am not old enough to vote this term, although I wish I could. Yet, I think that it is good that people my age, even younger, are interested, watching the debates, understanding them, and most importantly, forming their own opinion, so that in four more years they can do the same, and then voice their opinion on a ballet.

As for parties, it's shocking to me to see how strict some people are to stay to their party. This strong faith in ones own party is quite ridiculous in my opinion; what if the other party has a truly better candidate? I've seen people get worked up about parties, and race for that matter. (Which is worse.) Why is it about parties? Why is it about race, or religion? You know, good old George (Washington) I believe knew what he was talking about when he wrote his farewell address to America warning them not to divide themselves into parties. Yet we quickly divided. (What happened to 'united we stand'?) Perhaps if we hadn't divided, if we didn't have such strict party systems people could focus more on who is really the better candidate based on who they are and what they say rather than what party they claim to be.

Americans need to focus on who they think is better. Not by party. But also, not by race, we are all people. Race, (and gender for that matter, just in case anyone is considering a female president one day), should never matter. Race shouldn't have a say. (Although it is significant that America has broken from the stereotypical middle-aged white man, I think that is a huge step.) Also, many people may hate me for saying this, but religion should not be a deciding factor for our president. Not to offend anyone who takes pride and finds great significance in that. But it just shouldn't be. What one person believes in religiously isn't going to help with the gas prices or the deficit. It's just not. Pray to whoever you pray to to get rid of the deficit but it's just not going to work like that. There are plenty of good people who are not religious, or have a different religion than you. (And not to be rude in any sense, but if someone that is reading this thinks that religion should be a deciding factor in who you like, advocate, and admire, than stop reading my blog. I'm not religious.) Unnecessary tidbits aside, the thoughts, the intelligence, the good will in a person, that is what should be a deciding factor. Also, for all those out there that are making it a deciding factor, Obama hasn't claimed a religion but has prayed with families. Romney, he's a Mormon. So while he is religious, all you southern baptist's, he's not a Christian. If you are going to make it a factor, change it to the person who has the most faith, who is passionate but not pushy, a good person. That's who should be president. (Come to think of it, Clinton should have pulled the Mormon card with his cheating scandal.)

So while I do have my opinions of who it should be, that doesn't matter. I can't vote. But I can tell those of you who can vote, to vote. I just read an article in Yahoo news about a 90-something year old man who was a WWII veteran. That man who, although is struggling now with cancer and may not make it to voting day, sent in his absentee vote and that man voted. The article read that his family believes that he votes because he felt like he went to war to fight for our right to vote, to have a say. So take the veteran for example and vote. Vote because it is your duty as an American. Get an opinion, not one that your parents set forth for you, not one that your friends gave you, but get your own opinion and make a choice, because you have a choice. We have a democracy, we have a right to chose who will be best. Let's not let that opinion be based on petty things.

Obama and Romney are complete opposites, either you believe one or the other. Get educated in the issues. And, if you don't vote, you can't complain when the person you don't like wins.