If you are old enough to have already voted in at least one general election, we all have been there I'm sure in this type of scenario.
We know full well who we're going to vote for when it comes to president, governor, senate, & congress. However, when it comes to the offices of lesser known people like state auditors, state attorneys, judges, etc., most people know little to nothing about them, but vote partisanship or vote for somebody, because they feel the need to vote for somebody. Guilty!
However, what has changed for me in voting is working to research records, policies/ideas, & their stances on the Constitution. I want to see constitutional principles going forward, and know that I can vote or not vote based on my personal convictions.
One of the things that I can still appreciate about some friends of mine that yes... love them some Obama or Romney, is when they can at least tell me what convicts them to vote for them. It's not much, and it's usually just partisanship, but I bring up the question of:
"What policy of theirs do you like most?" Most of them don't know. They are usually 'Single-issue' voters, but they have at least been convicted of the one thing that is going to make them vote for or against something. The important thing for me with them now, is to start changing the discussion, and start challenging them more on policy. I need that just as much as they do.
I truly believe that the "Young People" that Ron Paul has attracted are starting to help change the discussion with the 40-60 year old folks. Not so much change their minds yet, but change the discussion on what to really be looking at. No longer just voting partisanship, but looking closer at policies to influence their decisions.
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