Never did I think that I would find myself quoting Starship Troopers on this site, because it is a very totalitarian movie with few things I agree with politically (though I do like its “service guarantees citizenship” mantra). That said, the movie had a GREAT repeated line that I’ve long applied to politics:
You’re it, until I find someone better.
Some individuals, groups, and blogs will tie themselves directly to a particular candidate in a sycophantic, almost symbiotic, relationship. They adore their candidates to a near religious level while decrying those that do the same thing with candidates they disagree with, particularly when those candidates are from the other side of the aisle.
That isn’t me, and I hope to God it never is – not even with John Monds, who is the single candidate I’m pushing for the hardest.
Even though I openly acknowledge I support certain candidates, my attitude is always one of looking for someone better. If you support someone in a race where I already support another candidate, build me your case of why your candidate is better (or even why my candidate isn’t as good as I think he or she is). I’m going to look into it, you have my word on that. I may not change my mind, but my mind is always open to new facts, and those facts are what my mind is based on – not some play to bigotry or emotions.
July 20, 2010 is 189 days away – basically a school year, for teachers anyway. As with a school year, a LOT can happen in that time, and usually does. You know when I will truly know who I am voting for? The moment I select their name on the ballot on July 20.
Until then, my attitude with candidates I support remains: You’re it, until I find someone better.
If you only want “positive” coverage of your Chosen One, feel free to go to one of those other sites that may as well change their name to reflect the candidate they have chosen.
If you’re interested in open dialogue on any political topic or candidate – both positive and negative, I encourage you to come to this site and encourage everyone you know to do the same. Even if you’re one of the worshippers of a particular candidate, I welcome your input here.
After all, open dialogue means EVERYONE is accepted.