Letter: Object to both candidates? Still important to vote

Catherine Whittier


To the editor:

Apparently, many registered voters plan to abstain in the upcoming presidential election because they object to both candidates.

Some refuse to vote for Mitt Romney, claiming that by doing so, they would be endorsing his religion. Others refuse to vote for Barack Obama, claiming they can’t trust his values or allegiances. These objections, while important, must not keep a good citizen home on voting day.

This is not the first time we have suffered from a lack of confidence in our candidates. We often go to the polls with some reluctance — forced to pull the lever in faith. This term is no different, but the stakes certainly do seem higher.

Many claim we are reaching the much feared point of no return. All of tradition and every kind of principle seems to have gone under the knife.

Our foreign alliances don’t seem to matter; our foreign policy protocol has been modernized, our religious roots denied; and traditional institutions redefined. The new “whatever” mentality has been officially inaugurated.

To make matters worse, we are all being pummeled by opinion from every direction. Our in-boxes contain one long stream of spinning propaganda. We are served heaping platters of information — but are never sure if we should swallow the next bite.

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