Now, I bet you are wondering what that is all about, huh? Well, honestly, that is my basic impression of the voting system here in this country. Whether it be for class president or President of the United States, it seems like the majority of people just vote for whoever is deemed most popular at the time. This is not a complaint on my part by no means, just an observation on my part. It is a part of human nature that the most popular, the most appealing for whatever trait, is chosen to lead. And so, because of a basic drive we, as a species, are sometimes given leaders that have attained their status for their own needs and not for the greater good of the people that they rule over.
So now we come to an admission on my part. Here I am, 35 years old, and not only have I never voted in my adult life, I have never even registered to vote. I can hear the high and mighty of you laughing now and proclaiming, “What right then do you have to speak out against things?” Well, the Constitution of this great country gives me that freedom and I don’t speak out against the government in this blog, rather against those members of society that live with their heads in the sand. For seventeen years I have made the choice not to vote, to not assist putting people into office that I feel should not be there. In that span of time, there has not been any serious candidate for any position that I approved of, and I doubt there ever will be. As my blog posts have shown, I have very defined beliefs on the issues and I will only cast my support for someone that demonstrates full beliefs in those ideas to me.
However, this year is different in a big way for me. This year in the state of Maine we have the issue of marriage equality on the ballot. More specifically, we have a group of Archie Bunkers who want to get the law allowing same-sex marriages repealed. This is an issue that hits close to home to me for a lot of reasons. At the top being my own sexuality, it affects friends and family members and then we have the lies that the Yes people are pushing out. They are using blatant lies and scare tactics to obscure the issue at hand; equality for everyone. They hide behind the threat of homosexual marriages being taught in school (they won’t be), they use religious reasons (sorry folks, religion is not supposed to affect government decisions and if you want it to then guess what, the reverse needs to happen and churches will start having to pay taxes.)
So, yes, on November 3, I will be going down with my fiance, registering and casting my vote to support equality in Maine. It is time to show these bigots and haters that we are out of the dark ages, it is the 21st century and everyone is entitled to equal and fair treatment and respect in the laws of this state and nation. We should no longer be purposely ostracizing people for anything at all. We are all one species, one race, the people of Earth. Love and acceptance is the only way we are going to be able to move on and progress as a species, as one people united.
Question 1 was introduced by interest groups from outside the state of Maine who’s only agenda is to spread their hate and fear mongering. It is time for all of us to stand up and declare that we have made our choice and we will not outcast members of our state merely to make bible thumping cave men happy. This is why I have decided to set aside my own feelings and register to vote this year.