If you read this blog, you know that I am a big fan of Thomas Jefferson and his governmental policies. Specifically, that the best government is as little government as possible and that most bad government comes from too much. It's for this reason that I am strongly against the concept of a default 'two party system' in the United States, and believe that the United States government is increasingly a duopoly that colludes to keep out any viable third party(ies) from the equation.
So, when my seven year old daughter came home on Thursday and said that they were going to stage a mock U.S. presidential vote in her elementary school, I asked her who she was going to vote for. She said they only had two choices, Obama or McCain. I sat with her for the better part of an hour explaining to her that she could vote for whomever she liked for president, and not just Obama or McCain.
Needless to say, when Friday came around and she returned home, she had her 'I Voted' sticker proudly on her chest. She said that she had objected to the principal of her school but the principal had admonished her that she HAD to vote for one of the two-party candidates. I will be following up with her (the principal) later, rest assured.
Foiled in my attempt to de-program my child from the overt political conditioning, I sweetly asked her who she voted for....
"Why did you vote for Mr. McCain, honey?", I asked
"Because he is really old, and I want him to have the time of his life before he dies", she replied.