The Two Party System is Ruining This Country [OPINION]
I've heard it from friends, family, co-workers and even on Saturday Night Live, "if you're an undecided voter, you're stupid." Please allow me to be the voice of the "undecided" and say that if you vote for a candidate simply because of party lines, I think you are stupid. I get it. Democrats have their basic ideals, while the Republicans have theirs. I'm talking about core beliefs and views on various different social, economic and foreign policy issues.
But what's wrong with not following the party line and listening to both sides? I always pay very close attention to the debates. I actually look forward to them. They are crucial in my opinion because it's the only time you will get an organic unfiltered sense of what the candidates are all about. Once the debates are over, it's off to the spin room.
For me, the actual debates are going to be the basis for my decision. I refuse to watch the garbage on cable news channels. You want to talk about spin? Republicans and conservatives have Fox News and Drudge and the Democrats and liberals have MSNBC, Huffington Post and many, many other sources. Depending on where you fall on the political spectrum, you choose your "source" for campaign coverage. Whether it's Fox News or MSNBC, they are both spinning facts to appease their bases and get their talking points across.
Here is the spoof from Saturday Night Live:
Where can you go to get unfiltered, unedited, unbiased facts on the election? I have yet to find a place. If you know of one, please feel free to share in the comments section below.
I've always been very private with my politics. Writing this is a bit awkward, but I've simply had enough. I think it comes from my Dad who to this day won't tell me who he's ever voted for because "it's a personal decision." I respect that. What I don't respect is the people who label me "stupid" or "ignorant" for wanting to listen to both sides and have an open mind before I vote.
I can honestly say without any shame, I don't know who I'm voting for yet. I have a lot of research to do. You know, that stuff "stupid" voters do.