Fish: Why is it so hard to cast a vote?

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The American Dream.

When did it become so difficult to allow that to happen? When did all of these rules get in the way? It's confusing to the common man, because the common person uses something called common sense, but lawmakers don't.

It would seem to me, if I have 12 candidates running for public office, five Republicans, three Democrats and four Independents – explain to me why I can't cast a vote for the one in each party that I feel would do the best job? After all, when you boil it right down, someone is going to end up running the country; why shouldn't I have a say? Why, during a primary, am I asked to only pick my favorite Republican when a Democrat could win the general election? Just because I'm a Republican does that mean I can't choose a Democrat? If there are three parties you should be allowed to pick one from each party. That seems to me to be a fair and balanced way to elect a public official that will be responsible for running the country.

All of these rules dictating that you can't vote as an independent, and you must register for one party or the other months ahead of time and then stick with it during the primary, are ridiculous. Here in Vermont, you're asked at the polling place what ballot you want. I asked for both; after all, whether it's the person I vote for or not, somebody's gonna win and I want to have my vote in play right out of the gate.

If you want to make up a rule, here's one for you: If you have a driver's license, and you're an American citizen, you're registered to vote. If you don't drive, then register and get your voter card. But all of this showing ID stuff, and long lines, have got to go. I get it, I get it — these are not problems we have here in our little bucolic corner of the world. But if you flip on the TV or radio from time to time, you can see that here in America these problems exist. Voting is a civic duty; it's your inherent right, so why do there seem to be a lot of rules and things to know? It really needs to be simplified.

We, as a nation, have made it so unbelievably difficult to do our civic duty by creating rules that govern us right out of the governing business. We the People has turned into We the People, for some of the people, who fit the demographic of who we'd like to see casting votes. I'm sure when the Founding Fathers said it, they didn't think we'd be here. And furthermore, I believe that when they took turkey quill in hand and wrote the document that would build our great nation they never envisioned this.

We have a lot of people who like to lean on the Constitution to advance their agendas. They're deadset against changing a single word of it; rather, they would interpret it to mean something that would completely depart from what it meant to say.

It's no hidden secret that we over think, we over step and over reach everything. You can't say anything anymore without offending someone. But when it comes to trying to cast your vote to change something, the rules change or become so convoluted that you'd rather stay home than vote. Sure, some people understand it and are able to argue it. But let's face it, most of us don't. Could you imagine having to show ID every time you went to vote? How long would that take and how long do you think this overly medicated world would wait? Maybe just long enough to say, What the hell is up with that?

Fish is the opinionated morning jock on Classic Hits 92.7. He offers up his opinion at 7:50 a.m. every morning (Monday through Friday). Let's start the revolution. E-mail him at fish@wkvt.com.


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