My first real experience with elections began in the fifth grade when I ran for class treasurer.
I felt I was the most qualified for the position, because I had always gotten really good grades in math. My opponent, on the other hand, didnâ€™t have any qualifications, unless you count looks and popularity.
Class elections are somewhat like political elections. For example, thereâ€™s an extremely nauseating amount of campaign advertisements. Except instead of television ads, banners, and bumper stickers, the walls of our school were covered in crappy posters made out of construction paper and colored felt-tip pens.
We even had a â€œdebate,â€ which really wasnâ€™t a debate. It was basically a two-minute statement about why we would make a good treasurer, which no one really paid attention to.
On election day, I felt confident about my chances. However, despite the crappy posters, the flyers I passed out during recesses, and my two-minute statement about why I would make a good treasurer, I lost by a landslide.
My opponent won so easily that it was like he didnâ€™t have an opponent at all.
After years of following political campaigns, I now realize where I messed up. Instead of focusing on why I wouldâ€™ve made a good treasurer, I shouldâ€™ve focused on why my opponent wouldâ€™ve made a bad one.
I shouldâ€™ve pointed out that my opponent didnâ€™t pay attention in class, didnâ€™t do his homework, got into fights, made out with his girlfriend behind one of the classrooms, and got Dâ€™s math.
Why didnâ€™t Ms. Zimmermann, my fifth grade teacher, teach this in social studies? Why didnâ€™t I learn the best way to beat an opponent is to point out their flaws? I mightâ€™ve won if I had bashed my opponentâ€™s character.
Damn you, Ms. Zimmermann! Damn you!
So whatâ€™s the whole point of this story?
No point. Itâ€™s just that the pain from that ass-whooping still hurts.
Anyway, if youâ€™re registered to vote in the United States, please read up on each candidate and find out what they believe in. Donâ€™t listen to polls, celebrities, spin-doctors, or political pundits.
Enny, meenie, minny, moe, catch a tiger by its toe, works for dodgeball, but it doesn’t work for elections. Make YOUR OWN educated decision and vote tomorrow.
Also, if any of you vote for ANY of the write-in presidential candidates, please donâ€™t EVER talk to me again.
To those who are too young to vote, I want you to remember that voting is cool. Just think of political campaigns as one long episode of American Idol. For example, think of Ralph Nader as the William Hung of the presidential election. He has no chance in hell of winning, but yet many love him for some strange reason.
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