The Rule of Reason :: The Weblog of Edward Cline
I'm not voting because I didn't request an absentee ballot on time, and I do not want to drive 4.5 hours home during a busy week. I voted in the last two elections previous, and voted straight democrat in 2004, and a mixture in 2002. In both cases, I decided on a candidate-by-candidate basis. In the Fall of 2004 is when I was first introduced to the ideas of Rand through Atlas Shrugged, which is why I think I voted only for democrats, since all the Republican candidates were openly Evangelical (I'm from rural TN). I'm sure the Democrats were as well, but at that point in time I thought it would be better to have a deadlocked Congress. This election, I simply wasn't motivated to "pick my poison." I'm not entirely convinced that the Republicans are the only party that is outwardly religious; Hillary Clinton, for instance, went to a Methodist college, and I think that that comes through strongly in her politics. I see less harm in voting for a Goldwater Republican than a Methodist Democrat; I therefore think that each candidate needs to be judged on their own, without reference to the party platform, which they may or may not agree with.
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