Politicians love to make promises. If you vote for me, I will do X, Y and Z for you. Quid pro quo.
When I was a kid, I thought this was unethical. I thought that elected officials should be above the fray. Once I learned how politics really worked, I tuned out.
I understand that politics are important and that I should pay attention. I get it.
And I always vote. I voted today.
But I don’t vote because I expect something in return. Usually, I vote against the candidate that I dislike the least. In 2008, I thought that I was voting for someone who was above politics, but it turned out he was human too. And a politician.
Since then, I have turned off the talking heads on CNN, the debates, the rage (real and manufactured) and all the negativity.
Politicians are not going to fix this country and they sure as hell aren’t going to fix you and me.
I am running my own campaign. A campaign to be the best person that I can be. A campaign to touch the lives of the people around me in a meaningful way.
So I will continue to vote in primaries and general elections on the days appointed.
But on a much larger scale, I vote for me. I vote for you.
I vote for spreading my own message. I vote for myself as a leader. I vote for making the change that I want to see in this world.
I also vote for you. I vote for the referendum that frees you to be the best person that you can possibly be. I vote for an amendment to your constitution that lets you make the changes that you want to make. I vote for you as a leader, a mentor, a guide and a teacher.
A vote for you. A vote for me. The unstoppable ticket.