My voter registration card shows "unaffiliated", something I am actually incredibly proud of. For many people, when they hear that someone is a registered member of a political party they make assumptions- things they expect you to believe, agree with, or stand for.
That does not sit well with me at all.
You don't know me, and therefore you don't get to make assumptions or pass judgement on what is important to me.
This election, many would argue that we are in a "lesser of two evils" situation. I personally think that generalizes things a bit but I understand what many are trying to say when they say that. I'll admit that neither of the two candidates impress me much either, but that isn't the point. What I find fascinating and yet equally baffling is the line-in-the-sand statements being flung around from both sides.
A Trump sign in the front yard is basically saying, "An idiot lives here."
You would have to be an absolute moron to put Hillary Clinton in the White House.
Donald Trump is a racist, egotistical, pompous jerk who isn't fit to be president and will destroy our country.
If you vote for Hillary Clinton, the blood of those who died on her watch is on your hands.
Donald Trump is a pathological liar.
Hillary Clinton is an underhanded crook.
I can't believe this is what our country has come to and how we feel about our candidates for president. Don't forget, one of them will win, like it or not.
As a fiercely independent voter, any candidate out there has the opportunity to win or lose my vote. That includes third-party candidates, regardless of what their party actually is, and I am watching several of them. Each has an opportunity to say something, do something, or even stand for something that will earn my vote, as well as do or say something that will guarantee I'll never vote for them. I will give them until November 6th to do that.
Until then, yes... I am an undecided voter. For me that is about listening, watching, and absorbing with an open mind. There is a part of me that is almost afraid to post this link on my personal Facebook page because of the awful comments I know some of my 'friends' will post about me and others for daring to have an open mind about either candidate. They will try to win me over by telling me every awful thing about the opposition, probably with the words, "how could you even consider...", but will tell me nothing positive about the one they want me to vote for.
If you feel called out by that, good.
In the midst of all of this mud-slinging that has taken over my social media feeds, I also see comments on us undecideds. They are sometimes just as ugly as those hurled at the opposition's supporters.
If you haven't made up your mind in this election you don't know what you stand for.
The only undecideds still out there are under a rock.
An undecided voter is one too lazy to make a decision.
Why does an open mind scare you? Undecided voters aren't lazy or disinterested. We are listening to everything, absorbing all of the facts we can before making as an informed decision as we can. Stop shaming us for being open to all possibilities. Closed minded thinking is probably more dangerous to this country than an undecided voter.
Try having an open mind. It isn't illegal, won't kill you, and might even make you think. Give it a shot.
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