I expressed dissatisfaction with both the Democrat and Republican parties in our nation at the time, a feeling that has only deepened since.
Despite my lack of posting on the topic, I have continued to read and watch views from all angles of the political spectrum. And I find my cynicism only deepening. There are very few politicians I feel I can truly support, and to be honest, I won't be able to vote for any of them today, which doesn't speak well for Idaho.
That said, I am not so naive that I think the current state of politics in America is something new. My friend Stu linked me to an informative video on the topic.
Crack open a history book, indeed. Politics is a dirty business where the only thing that matters is getting votes. If you can run an underhanded campaign without looking bad to your electorate, you'll probably win. This environment doesn't tend to attract the best and brightest; instead, those with the power to manipulate and tell people what they want to hear tend to move into this world.
That said, I will be voting today, even if I go straight third party.
Get out there and do your duty. Do some research into the candidates you will be voting on, and make an informed decision.
You'll probably get a sticker.