I'm a bit dismayed by the dominance of Republicanism at the national level. I take solace in the fact that Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, will be our next Governor here in Michigan. Having said that, I must admit that I did not vote in this election. Having been a lifelong Democrat who has always voted straight-ticket and never voted for a Republican, I must also admit that I am tired of big politics, negative ads, and the Democratic Party. What exactly is the Democratic Party about anyway? Where are the articulate, non-whiney, and believable leaders in this party? Why do we come across as a bunch of waffling wimps who don't know what we stand for? The Democratic Party is in a sad state of affairs. Until I understand what they are about, I am giving up voting. No sense in casting a ballot that I cannot believe in, ya know?
By the way, the turmoil I feel for the Democratic Party in no reflects any desire to join the Republican Party. Don't try to convert me or try to sell me the virtues of good ol' American conservatism. It ain't gonna work on me! If anything, I now understand why so many Democrats voted for Nader in 2000. Personally, I think the man is way too far to the left, and to this day, I still don't understand his appeal and how he became such a catalyst for inspiration in 2000. What I do understand, however, is the desire to vote for something other than the condescending crap candidates that both the Democrats and Republicans cough-up for each election. None of them speak to me, and its the same rhetoric and snappy one-liners year after year. Perhaps I have now become a dreadful cynic. But then again, I do have hope.