Hey there! Hope you had a good weekend. I got all my articles written yesterday, which is great! I have to get them proofread and ready to ship, along with a bunch of etsy orders. I have mountains of paperwork to do as well, sigh. Today I wanted to talk a little about politics, which I don't usually do, but I am confused...
It is probably apparent that I am Left leaning, politically, if you spend any time with me, or just by looking at the stuff I am into, you probably already can tell. So no surprises there. But my confusion and frustration is really more of a general political issue. Can someone help me understand the Michigan Primary, which is tomorrow? This is my first time voting in a primary, and I have been doing research and listening to the candidates, trying to make a choice. But just this weekend, I learned that for our primary, we have to first choose either the Dem or Rep ballot (or un-committed, I guess). Like I said, I would pick the Dem, but I was surprised to find out that we can only choose Clinton as a candidate. There are no other candidates on the ticket and we cannot write anything in. What is the point of a primary then, for a Michigan Democrat? This is what I am trying to understand. I thought it was a chance for the people to let their voices be heard about who they would support as a candidate in the most important office in the country. I am very frustrated. And I don't think there are any other issues to vote for, so what is the point of me showing up at all? I want to have the choice.
Maybe I am an idiot, and have been living under a rock. I thought I was aware, politically, somewhat, or more than most. I don't watch the local news (there is no faster path to depression, in my opinion, than Detroit local news...its all crime and cars) so maybe that is my problem. But I am really angry about this and I don't understand it, and I KNOW there are going to be a lot of really angry voters tomorrow. Dang it, I am one of those eternal optimists who desperately wants to believe the high school civics lessons about the system working and democracy and all that crap. And I am left feeling like it is crap, that it is a lie, and that the system is broken, at best. I feel irrelevant.
Am I overdramatic? Do any of you understand why the MI primary is like this? Can you help me get it? Have any news links? help!