EDIT FOR CLARIFICATION: I DID VOTE, I SIMPLY LEFT THE CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT BLANK. Alright, Im going to give my .02 cents on this election as a non-voting 19 year old, at the risk of possibly alienating myself from some friends in real life who read this board. My reasoning was this. Firstly, I live in a state that has voted for the democratic partyline for the last 40+ years, so my vote wouldnt really matter in the electoral college, although I suppose you could say it would've been one more for the nationwide popular vote. The candidates. What can I say about them? I would not vote for Bush. His decision to go to war in Iraq was disastrous, and any other mistake in any other job in the world, you would be fired for it. Although I support some of his stances, IE on abortion, this mistake was too big to over look. He claims to have a strong stance on terrorism, but I disagree with his isolationist type policy, and of his spurning of many of our European allies. His outdated and draconian stance on the war on drugs was the straw that broke the camels back. I also think he is a hawk, and I dont think Iraq will be the last war he leads America into, although I disagree with the sensationalists that proclaim a new draft will be happening immenantly. Trust me, as a person of the prime age, I have looked into this, and have been innundated with information about it for longer even than the last 4 years. Kerry? Wouldnt vote for him either. What can I say about the man? His actions speak more loudly than his words. I understand (and agreed) with his anti-war stance, but some of his past (recent past, 10 years ago, not Vietnam) actions made me question him. For one, voting against the original Gulf war, which to me was a clear cut case. He mentions passing the 'Global Test', but he votes against a war in which our allies included countries like Syria? Give me a break. It seemed like the man would say anything that was popular, not what he knew to be right. Also, a lot of the democrats attitude turned me off towards the whole process. Im currently in college, and many of my professors make no efforts to hide their political beilefs. Not to mention many people I have read, or heard say, they will leave the country if Kerry did not win. That doesnt sound like someone who is a true patriot, but more like a spoiled brat, who if things dont go their way, will automatically assume its because everyone else was fooled or is simply stupid. All of the name-calling that went down towards Bush Supporters was in my eyes, un-called for, and most of all, for a party that preaches tolerance, hypocritical. Tolerance only if your views happen to be the same as ours, if not, you're a brainwashed fundamentalist christian who doesnt know their elbows from their @sshole. I know Im not the only one in my age group who felt this way. Many of my friends feel exactly the same. In fact, there was even a really good episode of South Park in which the adults of South Park are pressuring one of the characters to vote or be banished. The choice, however, is between a giant douche and a turd-sandwhich, which is a decent enough analogy of the choice today's youth had yesterday.(no, we dont take political advice from cartoons, but it was good satire) Despite all the sensationalist journalism, this was not a battle between good and evil. This was a battle between two old men with staggeringly simple (or in some cases) no plans at all for the future of America besides vauge rhetoric.