I haven’t made many posts relating to the 2014 midterm elections. It’s not that I haven’t been following the various campaigns. Basically, it’s just that I find the choices too depressing, and after all, this is supposed to be a “humorous” site.
Most of my frustration stems from California’s “top two” election law. As regular readers of my screeds know, I’m not a fan of either Democrats or Republicans. Both have a few admirable traits and positions I can agree with, but both are responsible for the decline in our standard of living, be it flawed trade agreements that have sent so many jobs overseas or weak regulation of Wall Street and the banking industry.
So California voters (majority Democrats) voted for this new system, which weeds out minor parties and leaves us with only a Republican and a Democrat in the general election, or in some cases two candidates from the same party. There is no write-in provision.
This works very well for the ruling hegemony, but it sucks for the rest of us. It’s not that I have any illusions of electing an independent, libertarian or greenie in the current climate, but it bars me from making any kind of protest statement other than leaving the box blank. That option makes me want to vomit. (If I did that on the ballot, would it count as a vote of no confidence?)
At least I still have choices at the local level, although the recent “October surprise” concerning Terry Lamphier (candidate for city council) and kiddie porn has thrown that race into chaos. Whoever the anonymous letter-writer is that brought this to light is obviously not a fan of Terry’s. There is no way to resolve these accusations before Tuesday.
And that pisses me off. I hadn’t made up my mind to vote for Terry, but I am strongly tempted to do so now. If the charges prove to be true, he won’t ever be seated anyway, and if he’s innocent he deserves to be elected just because of the injustice of these slimy tactics. Consider it my protest vote.