Going back and looking at my blog posts over the past eight years, it appears I was once more politically minded than I am today.
I would not say that is necessarily the case. Perhaps I just come at it from a different perspective now.
I wrote quite a bit about the presidential election in 2008 when Obama was running against McCain, and much less in 2012 when Mitt Romney challenged President Obama.
It has been even less this time.
I have written about the election a few times in my weekly column, and I think I posted one of those here.
Anyway, although I have an interest in the political process that dates back to my childhood, I am not nearly as vocal as I once was.
So with that said, I will say this:
Right now I plan to abstain from voting for either of the main party candidates for president. I thought at one time I might vote for Trump. I later thought I would vote for Hillary.
I simply can't bring myself to vote for either of them. Can't do it. Either vote would simply be a vote against the other candidate, but it's still casting a vote for that person I vote for, and I have a problem with that.
I am researching some of the outlying third-party candidates (particularly the Libertarian Party candidate) but right now I'm not planning to vote for any of them either. That could change as I learn more, but for now it is a no-go.
Wife says she feels like she has to vote, that it's a privilege we should never take for granted and that it's our duty.
I get that, and I agree with it in principle.
On the other hand, if Hillary is elected and appoints Supreme Court judges who make law rather than interpret it (which she will do), my conscience will be clear.
Or, in the unlikely event Donald Trump is our next president, when he goes off half-cocked and calls people names and is disrespectful to everyone who comes in his sight, and gets us in all kinds of trouble on the international front because he has no filter, I'll rest easy knowing I had nothing to do with that.
So that's the plan for now and I still don't plan to say much about it here.
That could change too if I get worked up over something.