Friday, September 7, 2012
Politically Grey Area
I remember being a teenager and not caring one bit about politics. In my twenties I decided to get involved. I had strong feelings about one or two things, and I voted based on those principles. And it was all black and white to me. If you were for one thing, you were against another.
The older I get, the more I'm falling into the grey area of politics.
I went out to lunch with my Mother in law the other day and the subject of voting came up. I discussed how I no longer thought in a black and white world. That when it came to certain topics, my answers are "Yes . . . but" and "No . . . but" instead of a firm yes or no answer.
"How can you not vote for Romney?" Some people ask me. "Look what Obama has done to this country!"
"Obama killed Osama Bin Laden!"
"Republicans are taking away all civil rights!"
"Democrats are destroying the family!"
"There is a war on women!"
"There is a war on morality!"
"If you don't vote for Obama, it means you hate civil rights and humanity," others say.
"Obama wasn't even born here!"
"Romney fired people!"
"Oh, you're just going to vote for Romney because you're Mormon!"
And the thing that hit me the hardest:
"Sometimes we're not voting for who we want to win, but who we don't want to win."
The lesser of two evils.
I remember a few years back watching The Biggest Loser. It had come to the end of the season and two contestants were up for elimination and it was up to America to vote which of the two would make it into the final three. I didn't care for one of the contestants, seeing that the person I wanted to win had already secured a spot in the final episode. However, their competition was someone I grew to hate over the entire season. So what did I do? I signed onto the website and voted against them as many times as I could. I didn't care for the other contestant to win, so long as the person I hated lost.
And it appears, that's what politics have come down to.
I disagree with a lot of what Obama has and has not done.
But the grey area keeps me from siding with Romney.
If I was honest with myself, I would vote for someone else entirely.
But would my vote even make a difference? Unlikely.
So until this election is over, I'll do my best to sit in my grey area. Because here it feels honest. It feels kind, and human, and as moral as I can get seeing that those who are on either side stand firm in flinging mud across the fence at one another.
I still may not know who I'm going to vote for when the time comes to actually do it.
But I do know that politics are turning good people ugly on the inside.
And there isn't room for hate in my grey area.