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Is Choosing a President Like Choosing a Date?

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Today is Election Day and you have a very important choice to make. This is going to be a long term relationship, so choose wisely. In a way, I think it’s kind of like choosing a date. 

Values

When you choose a date, you’d like to pick someone who shares your same set of values. It’s just like a president. You cast your vote for someone who shares your values.


Trust

Mostly, I feel like everyone lies a little bit. The races took on a negative tone again this year, so who can you really trust? Choose the person who you feel is least likely to let you down and the person who, if they do let you down, they aren’t happy about it.


Compromise

One thing my parents and pretty much every single married person told me when I was getting married was that marriage is all about compromise. You’re going to have to do things you’re not going to want to do, but you do it anyway because that’s just how it goes in a marriage. Same goes with your political candidate. Pick the presidential candidate who you think would be most likely to be willing to work with others to achieve their goals.


Don’t Believe the Hype

Your friends always pump up their potential mates for you by telling you he’s funny and outgoing and has a lot of money, but what they didn’t tell you was that you aren’t going to find him the least bit attractive and he has horrible table manners. When you’re deciding to vote, everyone is going to have something to say about the candidates. Just like dating, your feelings about that person are the only ones that should matter.


They Must Deliver

If your potential mate promises this, that and the other thing and they don’t deliver, you’re going to break up with them and move on. Just like your presidential candidate. Once they’re in office, they have to deliver on the things that they said they were going to do and live up to the persona they created on the campaign trail. If they don’t, the next time around, you’re likely going to vote for someone else.


I decided to take a more light hearted approach to Election Day today, but remember, voting is serious business and shouldn’t be approached with a carefree attitude. This is an important decision and you shouldn’t let your friends, coworkers or anyone on social media tell you how to vote and who to vote for. You cast your vote for whomever you choose. Just remember that unlike dating relationships, you can’t just delete them off your phone and Facebook and out of your life. You’re stuck for anywhere from two to four years, so choose wisely. I don’t care who you vote for or how you vote, just please exercise your right to vote today.

Another wise choice you can make is following the election coverage on our sister station, AM 1240 WJON. Coverage begins this evening at 7pm.

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