My Not-So-Secret Ballot

A few years ago, one of our neighbors was visited by her elderly mother. When this ‘Southern to the tip of her toes’ mother and I met one day at the mailboxes on the street, she expressed great indignation at a phone call she had just received.

“This man wanted to know which presidential candidate I would be voting for,” she sputtered. “I told him that in this country we have secret ballots and I would no more share my vote with him than answer the door in my slip.”

While I do appreciate her passion on the subject, I am going to share how I voted in yesterday’s primary, and my reasoning, with you. After all, you are hardly strangers.

As I wrote a few months ago, my first decision when we moved to a new, deeply Blue state, was whether to register as a Democrat or Republican. I chose Republican, but that does mean that in yesterday’s primary I had no say in who will almost inevitably be the next mayor of the city or input into the city council. For that reason, many of my deeply conservative neighbors and friends register as Democrats.

Registering Republican, however, does mean that I voted in the Republican primary. Having admired Ted Cruz for years, my decision should have been simple. And in the end, despite my disappointment in how he has handled his campaign, it was. I do believe that the senator is the only one of the four top candidates from both parties who both knows the Constitution and would consider himself bound to uphold it. My concerns about him revolve around his ability to win the election, not his character.

I usually only listen to talk radio while I’m driving, which means not very often or for very long. I happened to hear the interchange between Sean Hannity and Ted Cruz that received so much attention. I cringed at Cruz’s reply to Hannity’s question about people feeling confused about how delegates are pledged. Cruz erupted with a diatribe against Donald Trump rather than using the opportunity to embrace potential voters who may have heard Trump’s claims of stolen elections and truly been confused by, what in reality is, a very confusing system. It was a missed opportunity to educate while presenting himself as approachable and warm rather than angry and whining.

Nevertheless, for the reason stated above, I voted for him. He, of course, lost badly. Whether his announcement of Carly Fiorina as running mate will make a difference or not remains to be seen. The results of the east coast Tuesday primaries weren’t a surprise. Pretty much everything else this primary season has been.

11 thoughts on “My Not-So-Secret Ballot”

  1. I know it is important for us to have to carefully consider our political choices. Had I been in your state, I certainly couldn’t say whether I’d have made a switch to the DP or not. I have been speaking with our young adult daughter and son who currently live at our home. Our 18 year old son thinks he would enjoy being a ‘conservative’ Democrat just to try changing that party from within; he knows he would be in an ideas battle (he thrives on challenges). Not surprisingly my husband was a USMC Tank Platoon Commander during the first Gulf War.
    I hope you have a great week!

  2. It was a very hard decision to know how to register when we moved and it became clear that we would have no voice in local politics unless we registered as Democrat. We couldn’t bring ourselves to do that, but most of our conservative friends do exactly that and I can’t say that we won’t find ourselves switching at some point – or maybe they will. It is not an easy choice.

  3. I thought I’d written something else down in my post that had been on my mind about your post. I considered it a difficult choice to have given up being able to vote in your local elections. There is so much that happens in our cities. For instance, I moved to one of the largest cities in the US a number of years ago, and its people decided to elect a mayor whose policy ideas wrap around certain rights for a ‘minority’ group. This former mayor tried enacting new sex-neutral bathroom laws in every city business and school district (several times), and had even tried to obtain sermons by clergy in the city’s various churches. All of these things take place almost in a vacuum. I know too many people who are seemingly clueless or who just don’t care about what this means for society, especially for children.
    Still, I am not in a prison; and I can do my best to help others learn about the danger with destructive public policies ideas.

  4. It took me a while to get back to these posts (even though it is now over for Cruz, sadly.) I voted for him as well, and I too had been disappointed by some of Cruz’s messages. However, I was, as Lynn Perrizo was, very disappointed in Hannity’s interview. I don’t listen to Hannity anyway (he’s on when The Michael Medved Show is on and I listen to Michael instead when I am able.) But I did hear that horrible Hannity interview where Hannity himself could’ve easily educated the populace. While Cruz could have played Hannity’s game, he didn’t want to do it. Then Hannity decided to stick it to Cruz the way many others have done. It was downright shameful. My husband, however, said he thought Cruz should have cleared things up right there. But we are fooling ourselves by the stupidity that has been surrounding this presidential election cycle (frankly, we do need to avoid being trapped by these media personalities.) Trump is very clever and he’s playing music to the masses of ill-informed voters. Obama did it to get elected, and it worked for him. Slick versus Brains, Slick wins the masses since decades of re-education worked on them. The re-education is teaching people to not get personally informed, while at the same time believing liars in the media because they’re oh-so-smart. They’re wielding degrees or being business moguls. While our so-called ‘conservative’ side just aren’t anymore! – LJ

  5. An interesting read but wish I had waited to read it until after breakfast!

  6. Susan I also heard the exchange between Sean Hannity and Ted Cruz. My frustration was much more with Sean. The media’s lack of doing their job of digging out the truth and laying it forth for their listeners is frustrating. I was a delegate to the Colorado State Assembly and I can say without hesitation that the majority of what has been put forth from the media has been ridiculous and factually untrue. Unless Cruz can win the second ballot at a contested convention, I believe our country, as a Constitutional Republic is over. A contested convention is not new and has given us great leaders in the past so to put it down as unfair or somehow wrong, just isn’t true but we hear little from our media to that effect. I feel so betrayed by many media personalities who for many years have portrayed themselves as conservative and when their voices are needed the most, they have turned their backs on a true conservative candidate and fawn over a deceiver. The medias gladiator tactics disgust me. They are making a mockery of our system and I’m pretty sure it’s intentional. Next, we will hear how unfair the Electoral College is and how that needs to get done away with. No one seems to take the time to study why our Founding Fathers set up they system the way they did. It was to protect our liberty. My level of being civil is being challenged daily. I may have to go into a self imposed hibernation!
    Please join me and others on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 to pray for country and this election.

  7. One strategy any conservative running for office needs is the ability to deal with unfair media – not by getting angry or complaining but by making lemonade out of lemons. Not an easy task, but a necessary one.
    You lost me on Henry VIII – as far as I know he died a natural death.

  8. All modesty and privacy aside, I voted as you did, for Ted Cruz, and I am not afraid to say it. His choice of Carly (a powerful, principled candidate) does not dissuade me in the least. The Donald might make a wonderful President, but I remain very unsure where on the spectrum his deepest principles lie. As stated in your Musing, with any politician yet with him especially I fear WYTYSAWYGG (What You Think You See Ain’t What You Gonna Get). Thus he is not my first choice. As for Mr. Cruz hitting below the belt, I don’t believe I could run for President without slipping into the groove of repaying tit-for-tat, not after being publicly reviled and scorned tastelessly, pilloried and bullyragged without mercy by some ruthless opponent. The temptation would be just too great. And that is perhaps one reason I would never run for President. Like it or not, that’s The Great Game, grimy with mudslinging and muckraking.
    As for last Musing, I think Mr. O is fast approaching the category of Henry VIII. Poor Mr. O! Between you and me, of all monarchs available, I would least want to be compared to Henry. History was not kind to poor Henry, and it records Henry’s autocratic reign ending with his tragic and revolting fate, evoking the Biblical prophecy for…was it Jezebel?

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