I’m not always successful, but I try to stay out of political discussions. I try not to post things about politics on Facebook, Twitter, or here. I’m pretty non-confrontation, but sometimes I slip. Sometimes something pisses me off, and I post about it.
This is kind of one of those times. I’m pissed off about a bunch of things, but I’m going to try to keep this as neutral as I can.
What has my panties in a bunch? People who say they’re voting for one person or another just because of the color of their skin, their political party, how much they like his wife, how good looking he is, or any other reason that has nothing to do with politics.
I’m also sick of hearing people say they’re voting one way or another because they believe a lie the other party has perpetrated.
The phrase “I’m picking the lesser of two evils” also has my heart rate elevated. I’m surprised by how many people don’t realize there are more than two candidates.
All of this has caused me to try to spread the word about being educated voters. The more educated you are, the more capable you are of voting for the candidate that is right for you. Just because you’re registered Republican does not mean you agree with Romney, and just because you’re registered Democrat does not mean you agree with Obama.
So, take a minute and get to know the candidates, all of them.
Question everything because both sides have been stretching the truth and lying.
Do your research. The internet is your friend, but make sure you know your sources. Not all websites are unbiased. In fact, most will spin the news to favor one candidate or another. You need to fact check anything that seems questionable.
I know all this seems daunting Where do you start? Here’s a few websites I hope will help . Feel free to comment with any site you feel should be added to the list.
- I Side With: This site has a questionnaire that will help match you up with the candidate that shares your views. You can then look through each candidate and see where they stand on what issue.
- Snopes: This site isn’t just for election time. They research different rumors on the internets and decide if they’re true or not. It’s a great site to use for fact checking.
- Fact Check and PolitiFact: These are two of the biggest fact checking organizations. They go through the debates, advertisements, everything with a fine tooth comb and report what is true and what is not.
- Vote Smart: This site also has a really awesome candidate match tool. Pick the issue you’re curious about, select your view, and it’ll tell you which candidates you match with. It covers all six presidential candidates. It also has information on gubernatorial, congressional, state legislative, and judicial elections.
- On The Issues: Again, this website has a candidate match quiz. It also has a huge database of candidates and where they stand on every issue.
So take some time, get to know the candidates, and then make an educated decision on who would be the best president for you. You might be surprised by your conclusion.
Also, spread the word. The more educated our voter pool is, the better our president will be. So, tell your family, friends, co-workers, everyone to check out at least one of these voter match tools.
Wouldn’t you rather we elect a president based on the issues and not on how good looking he/she is?
Education is power, and an educated voter is a powerful voter.