The scores of political lawn signs, the irritating television and radio commercials, the evening phone calls that avoid the "National Do Not Call List," and the numerous candidate mailings that have cluttered our mailboxes, are clear indications that our nation is once again embroiled in a presidential election year.
Every four years we are bombarded with a cacophony of pundits and so-called experts who attempt to decipher the various polls and provide us with a sometimes biased outlook on the November election.
With that in mind, I am reminded that the easiest way to strain a friendship is to wax eloquently about a particular candidate or issue that may be in opposition to that of a companion, neighbor or reader.
Having said that, I will take the risk of disenfranchising myself from some voters as I opine on some of the issues and candidates that have become bothersome, at least to me.
* Why are we still debating the identification of voters. If we need to have identification to purchase an airline ticket, to get a library card, to obtain a credit card, to purchase cigarettes and alcohol, to attend an "R" rated movie, shouldn't the same standard be used for people entering the voting booth. Absolutely! And if you live in this country and don't have proper identification, don't even think about voting in any election. If that makes me insensitive to a segment of society, so be it.
* As a follow-up to the identification issue, Michigan ballots have a question asking, "Are you a citizen of the United States." Some have protested this question as an infringement on privacy. My retort: If you are not a citizen of the United States, you have no right to privacy and no right to vote.
* Every day we are bombarded with polls and how each candidate and issue is faring. The polls always have a segment called "undecided."
Frankly, if you are undecided I don't want you voting in any election.
People who are undecided obviously have not been paying attention to what is transpiring in our nation, and as such, I want them to sit out this election.
Their uninformed vote may just skew the results and we may end up with candidates and proposals and judges that do not reflect the will of the people.
People who are undecided tend to vote for candidates with name recognition such as a Kennedy, Wilson or Smith. So if you are undecided on Election Day, please stay home and watch an episode of The Three Stooges.
So there you have it -- my take on the upcoming election. Rest assured that I will be researching the qualifications of all the candidates and issues. I will understand the intricacies of the various proposals, of which there are many. And I will properly identify myself before entering the voting booth and proudly acknowledge that I am a citizen of the United States.
Anything short of this is unacceptable to me. And if my rantings here have offended anyone, that is a risk I am willing to take. But if you think that people without identification or those who refuse to acknowledge whether they are U.S. citizens are eligible to vote, then you have offended me.