Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day19 Friday 09/17/10

When I was in high school I felt no excitement anticipating the right to vote once I turned eighteen. When I was in college I despised conservatism, tradition, organized religion, and anything with a hint of authority. I’d venture to say that I was an anarchist bent on nihilism with my nose buried in every book that Friedrich Nietzsche had ever written. Throughout college I continued to be an unregistered voter because I did not believe that anything or anyone was worth voting for. Everything seemed to be a big, incomprehensible existence of standing in various long lines that led to nowhere. Even after college I still felt no need to vote because the whole political arena seemed like some kind of demented masquerade ball of elitists who had an insatiable thirst for being politicians for the simple sake of being politicians.

Modern American politicians remind me of the British we claimed our independence from during the Revolutionary War. Why are so many of these men and women so rich as though they belong to royalty? Why are they so pampered and taken care of more so than other American citizens? Kings, Queens, and their courts are what come to mind when I think of Washington.

It is a given that what is good for this country will be debated upon for every day of the rest of our lives, and never agreed upon. But what made me finally realize that I was a conservative and that I wanted to register to vote was when I had the opportunity to vote against Barack Obama. And by voting against him I only mean that his opponent was, in my opinion, a lesser evil. Washington, as a whole, is an eighteenth century English castle encircled by an angry mob. But we are dealing with lesser evils, or at least I am, as I can only speak for myself. America, right now, is a stray feather ever so slightly dangling on the splinter of a fence top awaiting the slightest breeze to abruptly direct it immediately left or right.

My impression of left at a glance is redistributing wealth, legalizing millions of illegal immigrants, and socializing Health Care. My impression of right in general is being proud to work hard to earn and receive what I deserve, to speak English with pride and naturalization papers, and to continue to allow insurance companies to compete for the best premiums for consumers.

Now, I vote with pride and conviction. But it is a shame that my vote is a lesser evil and not a greater good. Washington needs to be stuck in a centrifuge until all of its greed, corruption and puffery collects at the bottom to be fully concentrated, extracted and disposed of.

2,035.2 miles to go.

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