Being a British citizen - albeit one who holds a green-card - I don't get to vote in US elections (and I won't have that privilege for another two years). However, I've been living here for 7 years now, and as such, I think I've earned the right to stand up and have my say.
I don't like any of the candidates we have right now.
Bush - too religious, too warmongering, and too big-business.
Kerry - too pandering to what the voting public wants to hear... and appears to be just holding the party line.
Badnarik - some good ideas, but once you get away from his core platform, he shows himself for the most part to be just a complete whack-job.
Nader - please. The guy scares me. He's the anti-Bush... yet when was the last time you saw who funds him, and who he has standing behind him? (You won't ever see this, because Nader deliberately hides this information and makes it impossible to find out by playing shell games with his funding).
Frankly, I'm disgusted with the calibre of the candidates up for election this time around. If I had to go with a career politician, I think I'd write in Senator Jon McCain, because at least he's shown himself to be a decent human person with a sense of humor when he appears on The Daily Show.
Speaking of which though...
I think the ideal people for the job are Jon Stewart and Lewis Black. If I could vote, I'd be sorely tempted to vote for them. Jon could be president, Lewis could be VP - after all, you want someone with a little fire to be in the VP position, and someone who can be diplomatic and measured in the Presidential office. That way they balance each other out.
So I'm casting my metaphorical vote - on November 2nd, ignore the listed candidates. Vote for Jon and Lewis instead. Write them in. Send a message to the politicians to let them know that they're not doing their job. It's the right thing to do.
(And if you don't want to vote for Jon and Lewis, then please, just make sure that whatever happens, you do vote - because if you can vote and you don't, and you were born here, it'll just piss off those of us who have had to fight and wait for our chance to do so).
Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.
The views posted on this blog are his and his alone, and have no relation to anything he's working on, his employer, or anything else and are not an official statement of any kind by them (and barely even one by him most of the time).