As a first-time voter, I am following the campaign very closely, reading books by both candidates, studying their agendas... yet I'm feeling disappointed the more I learn. I watched the DNC and RNC to see what the 'hype' would be like... and what a rude awakening! The blame, the insults, the frustration of people in the audience regurgitating information they have heard in the media - it was all so overwhelming and frustrating.
Why are people in each political party not thinking for themselves? If I feel a certain way about a topic, I'm going to follow my belief in making a decision, rather than do (or say) what the others in my party are doing (or saying). I've been sincerely disappointed with the robotic responses from both parties. Frankly, it concerns me for the future of our nation!
If hundreds of thousands of people can't make a decision to vote for our next President based upon their OWN, individual beliefs, observations, and assessments of the candidates - and they just vote 'Republican' or 'Democrat' because that is what they've registerd as - then what is this world coming to?
We live in a nation where the freedom to think, write, act, and vote is taken for granted every day. I am thankful to have the chance to vote for the person I feel is going to help our country succeed the best. I don't understand why so many voters out there aren't doing that? Why not vote for whom YOU believe will be the best leader insead of only seeing red or blue?
Can anyone help me understand why political affiliation is such a determining factor in elections? Freedom to think, people! Freedom to think.