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(Slate)   "The Case for Not Voting." Apparently it boils down to being too busy   (slate.com) divider line 474
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2012-10-26 10:11:36 AM  
shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.
 
2012-10-26 10:20:39 AM  
Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.
 
2012-10-26 10:23:31 AM  

FlashHarry: shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.


Who farking cares if someone else doesn't vote? If they can't be bothered they shouldn't vote.

And if anyone thinks they are sending a message by not voting the message is they can't be bothered. If anyone wants to send a message that the choices suck they should turn in a blank ballot.

/will be voting.
 
2012-10-26 10:25:07 AM  

Happy Hours: FlashHarry: shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.

Who farking cares if someone else doesn't vote? If they can't be bothered they shouldn't vote.


Because they'll still biatch and f*cking moan about things
 
2012-10-26 10:26:47 AM  
Perhaps you're uncomfortable, for reasons having to do with privilege and class, arguing that people have an obligation to be informed before they vote.

What shiattery is this?!

Of course you should be informed. Of course there's a huge amount of information, and no, not everybody is going to follow every political analysis and complex tax proposal by every candidate, but Jesus, every single adult has the responsibility to decide what issues matter the most to them, and which candidate aligns most closely with their own views.

If you don't vote, you simply have no right to complain about the government.
 
2012-10-26 12:31:28 PM  
I'm voting for turd sandwich this time.
 
2012-10-26 12:31:39 PM  
I'm in Texas. Is that enough of an excuse to stay home?

/And monkeys might fly out of my ass.
 
2012-10-26 12:32:30 PM  
Alabamian voting for Obama.

I might as well throw my vote away.
 
2012-10-26 12:32:44 PM  
Three words: National Voting Day
 
2012-10-26 12:33:01 PM  
Happy Hours: If anyone wants to send a message that the choices suck they should turn in a blank ballot.

/will be voting.

That's...not a bad idea actually, can you actually do that?

//Doesn't vote, choices suck
 
2012-10-26 12:33:09 PM  
Early voted two days ago. Not in a swing state, so it wasn't very satisfying.
 
2012-10-26 12:33:49 PM  
The one thing the 2000 election taught me was that every once in a while, these things really do make a huge difference. Trillions of dollars of spending on destroying governments and rebuilding nations halfway around the world while neglecting our own citizens because of a supposed lack of funding... I voted this year, and I will vote every two years for the rest of my life.

If 538 more Floridians had voted for Gore, who knows what we could have had instead of Iraq.
 
2012-10-26 12:34:01 PM  

Aarontology: Happy Hours: FlashHarry: shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.

Who farking cares if someone else doesn't vote? If they can't be bothered they shouldn't vote.

Because they'll still biatch and f*cking moan about things


so?

I can biatch and moan about the person I vote for. I can biatch and moan about the person you vote for. And, I can biatch and moan about anyone even though I never voted. There is no entrance fee for biatching. it's not a special club.

I can even biatch and moan about the weather.
 
2012-10-26 12:34:04 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: If you don't vote, you simply have no right to complain about the government.


So you vote in the morons and I can't complain?

Oblig
 
2012-10-26 12:34:17 PM  
Oh, so you think voting actually matters?

Let me laugh even harder.
 
2012-10-26 12:34:46 PM  
Meh, the electoral college will do it for me.
 
2012-10-26 12:35:14 PM  
Isn't voting part of the reason for the Arab Spring uprising last year?

/you have just as many hours in the day as Einstein, Edison, and other historic greats
//you could take advantage of early voting ala Obama
///slashies rock the vote!
 
2012-10-26 12:35:20 PM  
I don't vote because I refuse to take part in a morally bankrupt sham.
 
2012-10-26 12:35:34 PM  
a stable democracy stays that way in part due to its electorate actively taking part in that democracy.

and really, there are mail-in-ballots, early voting options, and more than enough digested information on the internet that making a decision and voting nowadays is really not hard.

for fark's sake, get out there and VOTE!
 
2012-10-26 12:35:59 PM  
There is no case. "I'm too busy" is not a case for not voting; it's a case for you being lazy.
 
2012-10-26 12:36:04 PM  

Aarontology: Happy Hours: FlashHarry: shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.

Who farking cares if someone else doesn't vote? If they can't be bothered they shouldn't vote.

Because they'll still biatch and f*cking moan about things


That argument is the same as saying you can't complain about anything if the person you voted for is elected.

I will stop biatching and moaning about things as soon as I get to stop paying taxes, voting is irrelevant.
 
2012-10-26 12:36:23 PM  

Jacobin: Early voted two days ago. Not in a swing state, so it wasn't very satisfying.


I early v0ted yesterday, BcAuse I could...MAinly because I wanted to experience the release of tension.
 
2012-10-26 12:36:27 PM  
Here in Il, the good guys are polling way ahead.
 
2012-10-26 12:36:35 PM  

shkkmo: I don't vote because I refuse to take part in a morally bankrupt sham.


Yeah, that'll definitely fix the problem.
 
2012-10-26 12:36:49 PM  

thewulf: God Is My Co-Pirate: If you don't vote, you simply have no right to complain about the government.

So you vote in the morons and I can't complain?

Oblig


Bah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIraCchPDhk
 
2012-10-26 12:37:28 PM  
I'm still not sure whether I'm going to vote for the black Bush or the with Bush.
 
2012-10-26 12:37:43 PM  
For all the pro-vote haranguing, and the contempt shown toward those who expend their energy elsewhere, it seems worth noting that there are competing, worthy demands on our time. It's true that the moment we turn our backs, the world, as Alicia Keys says, may burn. But among the many privileges of life in a stable democracy is the knowledge that it probably won't.

You enjoy said privileges because of all the other people who get off their entitled, lazy asses and vote. There's no reason for you not to. Absolutely none, and you can biatch about "haranguing" by pro-voters all you want, we're the ones saving your stupid asses.
 
2012-10-26 12:37:48 PM  
I already voted but I'm thinkin of writing a nice trolly letter to Obama and a some IL Democrats:

Dear Mr President,

As an enthusiastic supporter of yours I just wanted to wish you the best of luck in the election. You have turned the country's economy around, made the country more secure, provided equal rights for many, improved health insurance directly addressing the number one reason for bankruptcy, amongst many other great accomplishments. I can only hope for four more years just like this. Unfortunately I will not be voting, I can't get off of work that day.

Hugs,
~Lenny
 
2012-10-26 12:37:58 PM  
Think you vote matters, just ask an economist.

I still vote and I know it's futile.
 
2012-10-26 12:38:35 PM  

Aarontology: Happy Hours: FlashHarry: shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.

Who farking cares if someone else doesn't vote? If they can't be bothered they shouldn't vote.

Because they'll still biatch and f*cking moan about things


"I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote - who did not even leave the house on Election Day - am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created." - George Carlin
 
2012-10-26 12:39:11 PM  
If a young person says BSAB, then they aren't voting.
If an old person says BSAB, then they are voting Republican.
 
2012-10-26 12:39:16 PM  

pute kisses like a man: I can biatch and moan about the person I vote for. I can biatch and moan about the person you vote for. And, I can biatch and moan about anyone even though I never voted. There is no entrance fee for biatching. it's not a special club.

I can even biatch and moan about the weather.


And those you biatch to should tell you to STFU and GBTW. So presuming you're not voting, kindly STFU and GBTW.
 
2012-10-26 12:39:19 PM  
If you don't vote, then in my mind, you have no right to complain about anything that happens in the next four years.
 
2012-10-26 12:39:22 PM  
cdn.ebaumsworld.com

Add to non-voters those too lazy to think for themselves and instead vote for the nice man in a suit who says he represents Jesus with his plan to render orphans into pig feed.
 
2012-10-26 12:39:41 PM  

shkkmo: I don't vote because I refuse to take part in a morally bankrupt sham.


So I get you think things are bad and hey, I agree with your assessment of the system. But you do realize what a system where you don't get to vote looks like though, right?
 
2012-10-26 12:39:42 PM  

thewulf: God Is My Co-Pirate: If you don't vote, you simply have no right to complain about the government.

So you vote in the morons and I can't complain?

Oblig


No, you can't complain. You had a chance to voice your opinion, as other voters have, and you decided to ignore it completely. So no, no whining for you.
 
2012-10-26 12:39:52 PM  
I'll just leave this here.
 
2012-10-26 12:40:04 PM  
It doesn't matter anymore.

Neither party has our best interest in mind. Politicians are only in it for the money and power. The more they can gobble up, the better.

They don't give the first fark about "we the people".
 
2012-10-26 12:40:12 PM  

kumanoki: Jacobin: Early voted two days ago. Not in a swing state, so it wasn't very satisfying.

I early v0ted yesterday, BcAuse I could...MAinly because I wanted to experience the release of tension.



The trick is to withhold gratification. It gets so much better.
 
2012-10-26 12:41:05 PM  
What If I don't want to vote for any of the candidates?
 
2012-10-26 12:41:08 PM  
Unless you're one of the lucky few in swing states, not voting really isn't that big of a deal.

Besides, if you vote, you have not right to complain about politics afterwards since your side won/lost fair and square. Not voting means that you have the moral high ground to biatch as much as you want without lowering yourself to participating in the system.
 
2012-10-26 12:41:39 PM  

BronyMedic: If you don't vote, then in my mind, you have no right to complain about anything that happens in the next four years.


FTFY. The decisions made over the next 4 years will have impacts for decades or longer. For instance we're still finishing up GWBush's wars and we're going to be paying those and his other crap off for quite some time. Odds are the next POTUS gets one or two SCOTUS justices too.
 
2012-10-26 12:43:29 PM  
Permanent mail in voter here. Voted from my easy chair with a beer at my side.

Swing state, voted for Gary Johnson.

Flame away.
 
2012-10-26 12:43:48 PM  

Happy Hours: If anyone wants to send a message that the choices suck they should turn in a blank ballot.


I tried that once. The automated machine spit my ballot out because it was blank. I was pissed.
 
2012-10-26 12:44:02 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: If you don't vote, you simply have no right to complain about the government.


I guess you only have Constitutionally sacred rights IF you vote.
 
2012-10-26 12:44:46 PM  

kumanoki: Three words: National Voting Day three day weekend


FTFY
 
2012-10-26 12:44:58 PM  
Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.
 
2012-10-26 12:45:59 PM  

Obbi: Happy Hours: If anyone wants to send a message that the choices suck they should turn in a blank ballot.

/will be voting.

That's...not a bad idea actually, can you actually do that?


//Doesn't vote, choices suck


See my above post. In my experience, it does not. This time I think I'll fill out a vote for one position and see if it will accept the ballot with the rest blank.
 
2012-10-26 12:46:11 PM  
Do we really feel like we have a choice in something other than how we will be screwed??
 
2012-10-26 12:46:20 PM  
FlashHarry: shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.

What if you have made a conscious decision not to vote?

What if you like the idea of voting, but believe that the partisan politics system of this country is basically a crock of shiat and that at the end of the day it doesn't matter who is in office because it's always a politician.

What if, because of partisan politics, you're basically voting for the jackass that you hate the least?

In short

lordargent.com

// roughly half of the people in my state don't vote
 
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