I'm taking the next month off and I won't be around when Obama gets reelected, so I thought I'd let you guys know that I was a good citizen and mailed in my absentee ballot earlier this week.
I'd initially intended to abstain this year, but the debates really turned me around. For the record, I think abstention is a perfectly legitimate vote in and of itself, and is really the only way for the American people to signal to the rest of the world that we have no faith in our government. Be that as it may, I've only ever abstained once (2004) since reaching legal voting age. On top of that, I firmly believe that anyone who ever voted for George W. Bush (as I did in 2000) should have their voting privileges revoked for life, so any voting I do from now on is pretty much gravy.
So what was it that got me off the schneid and forced me to download a ballot and mail it in? I think it was the case laid out by both candidates for their respective viewpoints, actually. Watching the debates drove home one thing for me:
I had to vote this time around for the sake of my own conscience.