Friday, November 2, 2012

Questions from a first time voter

We have a first time voter at our house! That would be Jake. He and I went together to vote early last night.

Over the last few weeks, he's asked me some interesting questions about voting. Stuff that sometimes we don't think about anymore. We had conversations like this:

Jake: "So do you just vote a straight republican ticket?"

Me: "No. I vote for whoever I feel is going to do the job right."

Jake: "Even if they're Democrat? Have you voted for Democrats?"

Me: "Yes. Dad and I both have voted for Democrats who we felt were better for the job." (And some I still would, such as Jim Matheson. I voted for that guy twice when we lived in his district, and if I lived in his district now, I'd vote for him again. He really listens to his constituents).

Jake: "Then you're really an Independent, aren't you." Smart guy, cause it wasn't a question.

Me: "I'm a registered Republican, but yeah, I make up my own mind. I don't just vote for Republicans."

I'm proud of Jacob (and Nicole too!). Both of them vote, based on their own thinking. We don't tell them how to vote. They listen to the candidates, watch, and pay attention to what's going on, and then they make up their own minds about who to vote for. 

And lest anyone think that I voted for Mitt Romney just because he's a Mormon like me, that's not the case. I voted for Mitt Romney because Obama hasn't done the job. I like what was said in the Wall Street Journal today: 

"Mr. Romney has treated voters like adults and offered them a true choice about the future. He is promising change, and for once that abused term doesn't mean for the worse." (From The Romney Turnaround, WSJ November 2, 2012)

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