Now turning my attention toward one of my other favorite sports, I spent some of my "free" time today getting ready to vote. Later this week I'll fill out my ballot and put it in the mail and be done with it. Next Tuesday I'll watch the national election returns with much more interest than anything going on in California. I'm very much afraid of what Congress might look like at the end of the night.
As I've mentioned often here (in the vain hope that I have some influence on any other California voters who don't like the major candidates), I'm voting for the Green Party candidate, Peter Camejo, for governor. It isn't a protest vote, but a vote for a man I admire who's running on a platform I mostly agree with.
That platform, which strongly values peace, social justice and individual liberties, has encouraged me to vote for Green candidates in several statewide races. I've been impressed with most of the Green Party members I've been able to find information about.
In a few cases, I'm sticking with my Democratic roots, but for the most part I'm striking a blow for breaking up the two-party system, because I think there's hardly enough difference between Democrats and Republicans these days to distinguish one from another.
There's still a difference in the philosophies of the two parties, but in practice they all seem to be in the same crowded bed, snuggling up to each other and whispering sweet nothings about war and "security" (a code word for repressing the freedoms we used to take for granted, since the definition of terrorism is being kept deliberately vague, and in some countries anti-terrorism now includes gassing a theater full of hostages).
The polls show the voters in California aren't happy with the choice for governor of either Gray Davis or Bill Simon, as if that were the choice! Newspapers "reluctantly" endorse one or the other (mostly Davis), as if there were no other candidates. People should realize that their choices are limited only by their imagination.
It seems obvious to me that if you don't like the Democrat or the Republican, you don't vote for either of them, especially if you see another name on the ballot. There are six candidates for governor listed, plus another three official write-in candidates. All we have to do is think and believe (and know where to look for information).