Small hiatus…

Just wanted to note that I’m on a slight, unintentional hiatus from blogging. My laptop killed itself. I was trying to rip a CD into my iTunes and it froze and then died. The hard drive is just BLANK now. Everything’s gone. I’m in the process of arranging to get a desktop (I’m DONE with laptops) set up in a way that will return me to having Internet based fun…but until then, don’t expect to hear a lot from me, except for the quick, easy posts I can make to my tumblr page from my phone. 

I’m posting this from my phone right now. It is difficult and is a very crappy interface. This post took me 20 minutes. The iPhone was not meant for this. So I won’t keep doing this after this post. Also, the iPhone’s auto-correct sucks. It corrected “after” to “Alfred” six times and won’t let me go back to edit anything in the first paragraph. Thanks, Apple! You sucky bunch of sucks who suck!

…hope to see you soon…

Just so it’s here too…

I have some wordy, lengthy other stuff I plan to post soon…  But figured I should get it on this blog too, since I’ve already put it on Facebook and tumblr.  I’ve got a YouTube page now.  I’m mostly just going to be sitting and playing songs.  Some originals.  Some covers.  Some so new even I haven’t heard them.

So go over to http://www.youtube.com/dereklbrink and start clicking.

Enjoy!

EDIT: Oh yeah, and I’ll take requests…  So let me know if there’s anything you want to hear or see.

On Voting…

Okay.  Here’s the thing.

I agree.  You’re absolutely right.  The two-party system is ruining our country.  America is deeply divided on every major and minor issue from abortion to healthcare to Internet copyright protection to which coffee cup to get from 7-11.  It sucks.  We can’t look past our noses long enough to compromise, and if one of our politicians dares to suggest it, s/he is immediately despised and people will stop at nothing to try to ruin their next bid for office.  The two-party system sucks.

But, as it stands, I will never vote for a third-party candidate on the national level again.  (I will on the local level, as it actually CAN work there.)

Now, first of all, I don’t feel bad about that because on most issues I tend to side with the Democrats, with a few notable exceptions (but as I’ve said elsewhere, I find it irresponsible to vote based on one or two pet issues and vote for the party whose views match mine in the greatest amount).  But more than that…when I didn’t agree with either party I DID vote for third-party candidates…

It was the year 2000.  I was 20 and could vote for the first time.  I voted for entirely third-party candidates.  None of them had a PRAYER of winning, and none of them DID…  But worse than that, my vote for President was for Ralph Nader…and we got eight years of Bush because of people like me.

I have regretted that vote every day since the 2000 election.  As soon as Bush was announced the winner (and then when he was AGAIN like two weeks later, after the math had been worked out in non-base-ten, non-Euclidian principles), my jaw literally dropped.  My actual words were, “Oh shit…he WON?!?”  I immediately became a Democrat.  Then the next 8 years happened.  In 2004, when people were still clamoring for a third-party, I knew then that “this time it’s too important to throw my vote away.”  (Because that’s what it is.  Even if it shouldn’t be–that’s what it is.  Throwing your vote away.)  Then in 2008, My views and hopes matched up so well with Obama, it wasn’t even a question for me anyway.  And for the record, I still feel that way, despite the fact that Obama has been unable–blocked at every turn–to accomplish some of what he ran on.  Frankly, if he’d ONLY accomplished the Affordable Care Act, it would’ve been enough for me anyway–but that’s not really why I’m writing.

The point is…if you don’t like either party, then don’t vote for one.  But if you MOSTLY agree with one or another, or if you really, really don’t approve of one…sometimes the lesser evil really IS the lesser evil and that’s better than nothing.  Don’t wake up the day after the election and feel like you threw your vote away.  It’d be better to not vote at ALL than to regret the vote you DID make.  Believe me.  I’m a guy who knows and has lived with it for 12 years.  You shouldn’t need a debate or a convention to settle it for you–you should KNOW your own opinion by now.  So choose.  Don’t wait until the day after the election to realize you wanted the other guy to win–because your third-party candidate won’t.  They just won’t.  (Even if you vote for Romney…that’s cool.  You don’t have to like my candida–…err…incumbant.)

…and while we’re at it.  Screw Todd Akin.  That guy sucks.