I rarely speak out about politics. I do try to sometimes publicly share my thoughts and beliefs on a variety of topics, but for the most part I try to avoid controversy. That being said, I strongly believe that it is my responsibility as a citizen of the United States of America to take an active part in understanding the issues of the times and voting in any public elections where I am eligible to vote. This year in particular there seems to be some widespread major dissatisfaction with both of the US Presidential Candidates from our two major political parties, if not dissatisfaction with both major parties themselves. If you don't feel comfortable voting for either party's candidate, what do you do? Vote for the lesser of the two evils (if you can decide what that is)? Risk "wasting" your vote by voting for a third party candidate? Most views of these candidates have not really meshed with mine either. Stick your head in the sand and not vote at all, hoping and praying that everything will turn out ok no matter who wins?
On August 10, 2016 former CIA Agent Evan McMullin announced his presidential candidacy as an independent candidate. I had never heard of him before this announcement, but so far I like what I see. If you are in any way dissatisfied with the current political state of affairs in this country, please take a look. I'm not telling you how to vote come November, but please do a bit of reading and exploring, and if you like what you read about Evan McMullin, please spread the word. Let's all be fully aware of what our options really are!!
Here's part of the introduction to a recent NPR broadcast about Evan McMullin:
"For voters dissatisfied with both major party candidates, there are a few other options. There's Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and a lesser known late arrival to the scene--Evan McMullin . . .
"MucMullin has worked for the CIA, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Goldman Sachs, and as chief policy director of the House Republican Conference."
"In an interview with NPR's Scott Simon, McMullin argued he is the best candidate on national security. He also spoke about his stance on the Affordable Care Act, trade, and Syrian refugees."
Please click on the above link to read more highlights from the NPR interview. You may also want to explore these links:
Evan McMullin for President website
Video of Interview with Mark Halperin posted on www.bloomberg.com