CRANKY’s THOUGHTS ON THE ELECTION
Posted from the parking lot of Lowes in East Brunswick, N.J.
As I write this the election has just started. I am in my home without power fighting to get the temperature above 60 degrees. I will try and vote later today, though I am not positive I am registered since I moved recently from one town to another. I have several thoughts on this election before the final results are in.
If the election is very close, will I hear that old argument that our President should be chosen by popular vote? If one candidate wins on the Electoral College and another has the popular vote there will be much crying. I am personally in favor of choosing a candidate based on the popular vote, but until that happens the popular vote is meaningless. Why?
My State is going to vote for President Obama. That has been known for over a year. Many people, possibly myself will not vote because they feel their vote is meaningless as the electoral vote in New Jersey is already a sure thing for President Obama. Campaigning is based on the Electoral College system. States that are assured to go to one candidate will have less get-out-the-vote resources spent in a losing cause. There are probably only about six states where both parties actively campaign for the Presidential race. Claiming victory based on popular vote is like a football team claiming victory because their team had more offensive yards than the other team. The score is dictated by the rules. We play for Electoral College votes, not popular vote.
My other thought is how many votes were cast because of candidate’s positions on abortion, women’s rights, civil rights, Gay rights and other social issues. These are important of course; I just do not think the eventual Presidential winner will have as great an influence on these issues as many people think. These issues are just incredibly complicated. For instance, are you in favor of abortion?
I don’t think anyone thinks abortion is a good choice as a form of birth control. I also don’t think anyone wants to see unsafe back alley abortions that were so common before the 1970’s make a comeback. Abortion laws are not going to change significantly. Arguments to the contrary are simply scare tactics.
Should Gay people be allowed to marry?
Whoever is elected President may or may not effect change in this matter, but the movement towards Gay marriage and Gay rights in general is clear and probably unstoppable regardless of who is the President.
What about Women’s rights?
Laws are in place, women’s rights are here. Society may still have to adjust, but the laws are in place. Do women get paid less than men for the same work? Possibly in some cases, it probably depends on who is doing the survey. There are also probably some cases where women get paid more than men for the same job. This is not something that laws can easily rectify. How do you determine which jobs are equal? This issue will only be solved by supply and demand in the labor force.
Whoever wins this election I believe social issues will work out in favor of what is fair and right. If President Obama wins he will not be as liberal as many conservatives fear. If Mr. Romney wins he will not take us back to the stone-age as many liberals fear.
Regardless of who wins this election, our economy will survive and eventually thrive. One philosophy might achieve this faster, but adjustments will be made and we will succeed.
The success of this country does not hang on the decision made today, but on the decisions made in 1781, decisions that assure our country will not fall to dictatorship, that ultimately the people dictate the actions of our government, and ultimately the people will be correct.
God bless the USA, and please…whoever wins this election…give him the respect the office deserves. Regardless of who wins:
HE IS YOUR PRESIDENT!!