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(Slate)   "The Case for Not Voting." Apparently it boils down to being too busy   ( slate.com) divider line
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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  
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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?

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// roughly half of the people in my state don't vote
 
2012-10-26 12:46:23 PM  
I really don't get people who don't vote, sure in some states (mine for example) Romney is all but guaranteed a win, but there are several very important local races and issues. These local races and issues have a much greater bearing on my quality of life than whoever is in the White House.
 
2012-10-26 12:46:59 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: we're the ones saving your stupid asses.


Oh, you hero. Because they couldn't just pretend people voted anyway.
 
2012-10-26 12:47:49 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.


Uhm, you have that backwards.
 
2012-10-26 12:48:20 PM  

lordargent: 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


So you're asking what if you're stupid? Yeah, that's what we're saying. If you're stupid, you wouldn't vote. You would also believe things like "it doesn't matter who is in office."
 
2012-10-26 12:48:23 PM  
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2012-10-26 12:48:33 PM  
I can think of a few good reasons not to vote, but every one of them involves active decisions: you deliberately choose not to vote for reasons you can articulate. TFA seems to take a more passive approach: not voting only because there are other priorities, or because of some perceived lack of reason to do so. That's ridiculous.

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


The First Amendment says otherwise, but in any event, I'm forced to wonder: would you paint active nonvoters ("I don't vote, and this is why") and passive nonvoters ("Meh; whatever") with the same brush?
 
2012-10-26 12:48:56 PM  

david_gaithersburg: rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.

Uhm, you have that backwards.


Actually it's both.
 
2012-10-26 12:49:11 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.


Okay I'll bite with this link to http://www.isidewith.com/. Hope they can keep up with the traffic.
 
2012-10-26 12:49:53 PM  
Here's a thought:

Abolish political parties. Then we'll see what happens.
 
2012-10-26 12:50:06 PM  
Voting does imply agreement with what some consider a broken system.

If I was considering organizing or participating in a revolution (for example), an 80% voter turnout would dissuade me. A 30% voter turnout would tell me others are just as dissatisfied and jaded as me. A 7% voter turnout would have me in the streets.

/one way of looking at it
 
2012-10-26 12:50:12 PM  
The My Little Pony Killer : No, you can't complain. You had a chance to voice your opinion, as other voters have, and you decided to ignore it completely.

Opinions can not be adequately expressed by little checkboxes.
 
2012-10-26 12:50:28 PM  
I would love to have the day off for the election. But I can eitehr go to the polls when they open at 7 am before work and I know they will be mobbed or Ill leave work a little early and go on my way home from work. I wish I worked closer to the polling place. But I should get there before 8pm so Ill be ok. I was actually suprised at the midterm election I got there right before the wave of last minute voters got there.
 
2012-10-26 12:50:45 PM  
I don't know about you guys but our ballot will have other races other than presidential.

So yea sure my vote wont count for prez, but it will for all the county races...

And there is something to say about reports of the popular vote...
 
2012-10-26 12:51:10 PM  

thewulf: Here's a thought:

Abolish political parties. Then we'll see what happens.


That's a good idea. We should all vote on it.
 
2012-10-26 12:51:14 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


If you're putting a piece of paper into a box to be counted later, then yes: that's allowed, and even if it weren't allowed there would be no way to trace the blank ballot back to you. If you feed the ballot into a scanner to be counted immediately, or punching your vote into a screen, then it depends on the system: some will work, some won't.
 
2012-10-26 12:52:56 PM  
Oh c'mon. My first time voting, and I'm waking up early (or just not going to bed) so I can beat the line to the polls before I go to class. 6am voting, yeeeaaahhh.
 
2012-10-26 12:57:01 PM  

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.

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.


If you want to send a message, vote for a third party candidate. If all the people sitting out the electiong in protest were to do that, it would be a signficant enough percentage of the total vote to send the message, "We're farking tired of your bullshiat". Perhaps then the politician will actually pay attention us for a change.

A blank ballot suggests you aren't intelligent enough to understand how to vote.
 
2012-10-26 12:57:20 PM  

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

Yeah, that'll definitely fix the problem.


Nope, but it won't make it worse either.

The other things I do with my life have a much better chance of helping the problem. However, personally my only hope is that the maker community manages to make in home fab units a reality and then the pirate party can truly make a difference.

Until then I don't see much hope in the big picture so I focus on the small one.

/If Ron Paul had won the election, I definitely would have voted because that shiat would be hilarious.
 
2012-10-26 12:57:28 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.


Every person who doesn't vote makes your vote that much stronger. Calm down.
 
2012-10-26 12:58:21 PM  
I never understood the argument some people make in not voting: "The candidates are the same." In this case they are not, they are miles apart. "You always choose the lesser of two evils." No, there is clearly a decent, if not good candidate, and a morally and ethically bankrupt one. "My voice doesn't get heard, the electoral college is a joke." Well, there's still state, local, and community elections. There are also ballot initiatives and the judges and sheriffs of your district. When you abstain from voting in an election, you also give up on the things that directly affect you.

Presidential Elections are not only about the President, in fact, can be more beneficial to vote your representatives both federally and at the state and city levels.

/people who don't vote worry me, your vote can only do something. If you don't vote you're doing nothing to either solve, change, or voicing your opinion about current affairs.
 
2012-10-26 12:59:09 PM  

qorkfiend: There is no case. "I'm too busy" is not a case for not voting; it's a case for you being lazy.


Look, it's not that I'm lazy. It's that I just don't care. Who am I supposed to vote for? Am I supposed to vote for the republican who is going to blast me in the ass or the democrat who is blasting my ass? Politics is one big ass blast. I say we pull up our bootstraps, oil up a couple of asses and do a little plowing of our own.

/Not gay sex
 
2012-10-26 12:59:19 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.


Actually voting is a constitutionally protected right.

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.


OH ya, so please explain to me why I should go vote. Seeing as how I'm in New York and my vote counts for a fraction of what a vote cast in Ohio counts for. Please go on and defend this asinine electoral system where peoples votes make no difference.
 
2012-10-26 12:59:20 PM  

thewulf: Abolish political parties. Then we'll see what happens.


Then someone will win the presidency with something like 2% of votes.

/there are problems with all forms
//not a big fan of spending hundreds of millions to talk about how you'll cut wasteful spending.
 
2012-10-26 12:59:33 PM  
The only way you can truly waste your vote...is to vote.
 
2012-10-26 12:59:47 PM  

david_gaithersburg: rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.

Uhm, you have that backwards.


Would you say a Senator has a right or a responsibility to vote in the Senate?
 
2012-10-26 01:00:08 PM  
From the arcile
"Lena Dunham is comparing voting to sex"

So that's why I'm not voting.
 
2012-10-26 01:00:21 PM  

OgreMagi: A blank ballot suggests you aren't intelligent enough to understand how to vote.


A mismarked ballot, perhaps, but a blank one? That's fairly obviously deliberate. It's not as though it can be traced back to you anyway, and it's useful for the people who collect statistics on this sort of thing. It's for that last reason that I encourage people who choose not to vote to at least cast blank ballots.
 
2012-10-26 01:00:40 PM  

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They're trying.
 
2012-10-26 01:01:00 PM  

Millennium: I can think of a few good reasons not to vote, but every one of them involves active decisions: you deliberately choose not to vote for reasons you can articulate. TFA seems to take a more passive approach: not voting only because there are other priorities, or because of some perceived lack of reason to do so. That's ridiculous.

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

The First Amendment says otherwise, but in any event, I'm forced to wonder: would you paint active nonvoters ("I don't vote, and this is why") and passive nonvoters ("Meh; whatever") with the same brush?


Yes, because as mentioned above, if you genuinely don't like your choices, you can always spoil your ballot.

I can understand feeling that your vote doesn't matter if you live in a state that with a 99% probability of going a certain way - although I have to say your popular vote vs. electoral college system weirds me out. The thing is, your vote does matter. It gives legitimacy to the whole process. Otherwise you're saying "Eh, someone is going to govern me but I'll let other people decide who that is" and at that point, you might as well have a monarchy.
 
2012-10-26 01:01:26 PM  
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Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.


Well, I guess that's the important thing.
 
2012-10-26 01:01:49 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.


You have the right to free speech, a right that people have also sacrificed for. You aren't obligated to run around yelling at people just because you can.
 
2012-10-26 01:02:24 PM  

Mawson of the Antarctic: /people who don't vote worry me, your vote can only do something. If you don't vote you're doing nothing to either solve, change, or voicing your opinion about current affairs.


You're implying that voting is the only way to "solve, change or voice your opinion about current affairs".

This implication is A) patently false and B) its seeming truthfulness is part of the reason I refuse to Vote.
 
2012-10-26 01:02:30 PM  
I can understand not voting from an anti-capitalist standpoint. Your vote is going toward a candidate that wants to maintain the same old capitalist system. On the other hand, writing someone in or voting third party has its merits.

The socialist organization that I am a member of has decided to endorse voting for Jill Stein, but not her platform.

Voting for democrats and republicans is feeding the corrupt system.

/Remember, the lesser of two evils is still evil.
 
2012-10-26 01:03:00 PM  
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Now, that's something I can support!
 
2012-10-26 01:03:15 PM  

groppet: I would love to have the day off for the election. But I can eitehr go to the polls when they open at 7 am before work and I know they will be mobbed or Ill leave work a little early and go on my way home from work. I wish I worked closer to the polling place. But I should get there before 8pm so Ill be ok. I was actually suprised at the midterm election I got there right before the wave of last minute voters got there.


I would really like to see the Polls be open for 24 consecutive hours Open at 7 P.M. on Monday close at 7 P.M. on Tuesday, it would give more people a chance to vote. My state has early voting so I voted last Friday when I had a day off.
 
2012-10-26 01:03:17 PM  

lennavan: 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?


Thanks to an untimely move to a new house in a different county and a requirement to update my driver's license, this year I won't be allowed to vote. Or are you talking about some other country?
 
2012-10-26 01:03:21 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.


Oh, shut up.

I was extremely politically active for years. Before I could vote legally, I volunteered for political causes. From 18 onward, I voted in every election-- even the little local ones that everyone else ignored-- Because I had the idea that I was making some sort of difference.

And maybe in those little local elections I was making a difference. But in a Presidential election? A national election? I've learned better in the 23 years since I first filled in a ballot.

No matter who you vote for, the SAME PEOPLE will be running the world. The President is a celebrity face chosen by the true powers-that-be, and we cannot vote for or against those powers-that-be. They run the world as they see fit, and placate the rest of us with hollow elections that have ZERO effect on the big picture.

You say it's laziness, arrogance, and entitlement for me not to vote. I say it's pure, 100% childish naivety that motivates you to vote.

Here's what going to happen when the next Presidency begins: NOTHING DIFFERENT. Oh, sure, they'll say they're making changes, providing new possibilities, and pumping hope and sunshine up our asses, but then the bureaucratic process will kick in-- as it's designed to do-- and we'll get the same as we've always gotten from the powerful men in charge of this world: Just enough to keep us arguing with each other, participating in their economic design, and consuming like the complacent slugs our species became about two thousand years ago.

You say I'm an arrogant, lazy, entitled person for making the decision to opt out of the farce that is our election process. I say you're a naive fool who might as well be voting for unicorns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows, for all the good it will do you to vote. Further, I suggest that by participating and swallowing the lie they feed to you, you're in denial about your true effect on the state of the world.

I voted. I cheered for voting. I marched around proud that I "participated" in the process, and what did it get me? A lot of wasted energy. No advancements or improvements to the way of life for anyone. Wars, on schedule. Presidents who, once in office, don't seem to be anything more than middle-ground placeholders who are-- upon sharp evaluation-- no different than the last twenty or thirty men to hold the office. Senators and Representatives who live like kings and spend little time actually doing anything to fix the world because the point of their existence is to argue and stalemate and put on a show for the proles.

You want arrogance, laziness and entitlement? Look in the mirror, sir. You think by driving to a church or school gymnasium, filling out a sheet of paper, and then watching the results (if they're even really counted) as if it's a sports competition and you're cheering for your favorite team makes you better than people who have decided, once and for all, that they won't be suckered by this dog & pony show? That's arrogance, right there. You're proud of doing more to accomplish nothing. Congratulations. Enjoy your well-earned "I Voted" sticker. I hope it makes you feel warm and fuzzy, because that about as much "change" as you'll get from it.

The President, Congress, the Senate-- they're all ultimately powerless to make significant changes. They bow to their masters, just as you do. The only difference is that they get paid handsomely to be the face of the lie, while you get jack-shiat besides that warm, fuzzy feeling from "participating" in the process of maintaining the lie.

You might as well be biatching about people not voting for the winner of American Idol, for as much effect as politicians truly have on the world.

I'll vote again when we can vote the plutocrats and corporate overlords out of power. They're the guys in charge, and they have been since long before either you or I were born. Of course, since they maintain this whole show for the likes of you, and you're not likely to ever admit that you're being manipulated into a false sense of security instead of truly making a difference, the likelihood of the true lords of this planet being removed from power is hovering at about one in a trillion.

Do enjoy the "big finale" to the variety show this November. I hope it gives you a deep feeling of satisfaction. For me, it's yet another pile of horseshiat that was meant to distract me from the way things really are, and for the first time since 1989, I'm not participating. I'm done being suckered.
 
2012-10-26 01:03:55 PM  

umad: turd sand


That's racist.
 
2012-10-26 01:04:30 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: david_gaithersburg: rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.

Uhm, you have that backwards.

Would you say a Senator has a right or a responsibility to vote in the Senate?


That's his job, it's why he gets the big bribes bucks. A senator who routinely fails to vote does not deserve to remain in office.

/who does that remind you of?
 
2012-10-26 01:04:51 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.


But being informed is part of that responsibility, and too few do that.
 
2012-10-26 01:05:21 PM  
Voted Libertarian in "08. Pointless waste of time.
 
2012-10-26 01:05:27 PM  
 
2012-10-26 01:06:24 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Yes, because as mentioned above, if you genuinely don't like your choices, you can always spoil your ballot.

I can understand feeling that your vote doesn't matter if you live in a state that with a 99% probability of going a certain way - although I have to say your popular vote vs. electoral college system weirds me out. The thing is, your vote does matter. It gives legitimacy to the whole process. Otherwise you're saying "Eh, someone is going to govern me but I'll let other people decide who that is" and at that point, you might as well have a monarchy.



The other reason to vote, local elections, you my not like the presidential choices, but your vote could make the difference if your town has enough money to build a new school or repave that pothole strewn road you drive down every day and complain about.
 
2012-10-26 01:06:45 PM  

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


There are better ways of releasing tension than voting...
 
2012-10-26 01:06:46 PM  

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.

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.


Look, voting is important even if you don't like your choices for Prez. Write someone in, leave it blank, but there are usually just as important local issues on the ballot. Absentee voting by mail is allowed in 28 states (without excuse), early voting in person in 31 states (without excuse). Vote or at least be honest about why yyou arewnt.
 
2012-10-26 01:06:53 PM  

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Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Well, I guess that's the important thing.


No, the important thing is that I exercised my right to vote.
 
2012-10-26 01:07:32 PM  
TFA: If you don't vote," says Alicia Keys, "the whole world could just burn."

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Case closed. Now I'm off to eat a Kit-Kat.
 
2012-10-26 01:07:46 PM  

beer4breakfast: George Carlin doesn't vote

/oblig


no shiat, he's dead

...oh
 
2012-10-26 01:08:12 PM  
If I were registered to vote, I'd send these clowns a message by staying home on election day and dressing up like a clown.
 
2012-10-26 01:08:13 PM  

Oliver Twisted: thewulf: Here's a thought:

Abolish political parties. Then we'll see what happens.

That's a good idea. We should all vote on it.

 
2012-10-26 01:08:21 PM  
Actually voted for the first time (aged 32). Didn't vote for any candidate for any race (save a write-in for President)*, but I did vote on most of the local/state initiatives (the ones of which I could understand the consequences).

*There was one local/state candidate identified as 'Independent' but their website conveyed no meaningful information about them (same with judges' websites)

/Not in a swing state
//Local races were almost exclusively unopposed candidates
///Will never vote for anyone with a party affiliation
 
2012-10-26 01:08:29 PM  

Warlordtrooper: OH ya, so please explain to me why I should go vote. Seeing as how I'm in New York and my vote counts for a fraction of what a vote cast in Ohio counts for. Please go on and defend this asinine electoral system where peoples votes make no difference.


Aside from the obvious trolling attempt by saying that people's votes make no difference, your vote makes a difference anyway. This election has many more choices than just the President; you have local and statewide initiatives, judge retention, and constitutional amendments, as well as representatives from your state. The fact that so many aren't even mentioning those concerns in this discussion is terribly disturbing. Those races DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in your daily life, and they're often decided by only a few votes, even in the most populous states.
 
2012-10-26 01:08:37 PM  

darwinpolice: umad: turd sand

That's racist.


that's ignorant.
 
2012-10-26 01:11:00 PM  

unyon: 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.


as a steward of liberty, I say, biatch and moan as you like, I also say, tell people to shut that fark up and go back to work as you like.

as a footsoldier of democracy, I say, I believe in a secret ballot. my voting practices are no one's farking business.

so, you can say stfu and gbtw, and I won't care about the statement. But, i do care that your justification is false. the antecedent to your justification for such statement is presumptive, ignorant, and in your case, unknowable. So, you should remove your justification and just say that you arbitrarily like to tell people to stfu and gbtw.
 
2012-10-26 01:11:01 PM  

Tom_Slick: The other reason to vote, local elections, you my not like the presidential choices, but your vote could make the difference if your town has enough money to build a new school or repave that pothole strewn road you drive down every day and complain about.


I would vote in Local elections, but I've been itinerant for a while and I don't feel like I have a enough of a stake in any one community to have the right to vote on their issues. I'm currently in the processing of possibly settling down; maybe I'll vote local in the future.
 
2012-10-26 01:11:46 PM  
I suspect all the "too cool to vote" guys are reasonably well-off straight white men.

Nobody can seriously claim that both parties are the same, when one party genuinely treats women and gays and ethnic minorities and poor people as somehow less than fully human.
 
2012-10-26 01:12:56 PM  
Because all you people voting for someone based on the color of their skin, or how much of a tax break they promise you are SO much better than those of us who simply don't give a fark.
 
2012-10-26 01:13:53 PM  
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Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Well, I guess that's the important thing.

No, the important thing is that I exercised my right to vote.


Words, Empty words. No, the only important thing is you can puff yourself up by saying so afterwards and pretend you did something important.
 
2012-10-26 01:14:04 PM  

ZeroCorpse: No matter who you vote for, the SAME PEOPLE will be running the world. The President is a celebrity face


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2012-10-26 01:14:08 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Nobody can seriously claim that both parties are the same, when one party genuinely treats women and gays and ethnic minorities and poor people as somehow less than fully human.


Where as the other party does the same but manages to make us feel good about it?
 
2012-10-26 01:14:10 PM  

Slartibeerfest: Think you vote matters, just ask an economist.

I still vote and I know it's futile.


Thanks for asking.

Your vote matters.

I have no doubt that at least 538 potential Gore voters in FL in 2000 felt exactly the same way you do today, they stayed home, and figured everything would be the same no matter who was president. We went from projected surpluses to record deficits, had an insane war with no reasonable justification whatsoever that cost us more than a trillion dollars, tortured people, and ignored any intelligence that didn't fit our pro-war stances. Would Gore have done things differently? We won't ever get the chance to know what he would have done because those people, that little tiny handful of people, felt just like you do.
 
2012-10-26 01:14:11 PM  
37 here. never been registered, and have never rooted for the guy who lost.
 
2012-10-26 01:14:45 PM  

mekkab: Oh, so you think voting actually matters?

Let me laugh even harder.


If 95% of the eligible voters did get off of their asses and voted, it certainly would.
 
2012-10-26 01:14:59 PM  
Listen, you moronic cum stains. It's not about one vote determining the outcome. It's about representation. Every vote closer to 100% turnout means truer representation in government. 100% voter turnout means 100% true representation of the American people in our government. And if no-information voters go out and vote in idiots, then that's pretty representative isn't it?

And you're not just voting for president, idiots. I could make a strong argument that results of local races will have much more effect on your life than president. People need to care a lot more about who their city council member or state senator is than they currently do.

Farking vote, idiots.
 
2012-10-26 01:15:47 PM  

midigod: Warlordtrooper: OH ya, so please explain to me why I should go vote. Seeing as how I'm in New York and my vote counts for a fraction of what a vote cast in Ohio counts for. Please go on and defend this asinine electoral system where peoples votes make no difference.

Aside from the obvious trolling attempt by saying that people's votes make no difference, your vote makes a difference anyway. This election has many more choices than just the President; you have local and statewide initiatives, judge retention, and constitutional amendments, as well as representatives from your state. The fact that so many aren't even mentioning those concerns in this discussion is terribly disturbing. Those races DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE in your daily life, and they're often decided by only a few votes, even in the most populous states.


I concede that local elections DO have an effect. Unfortunately, I'm severely outnumbered in my area, so my vote is a drop in the sea of opposing (and greatly misinformed) opinions.

But nationally? NO EFFECT. As Carlin put it, this country was bought, paid for, and divvied up long ago.
 
2012-10-26 01:15:55 PM  

doubled99: offmymeds Smartest
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Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Well, I guess that's the important thing.

No, the important thing is that I exercised my right to vote.

Words, Empty words. No, the only important thing is you can puff yourself up by saying so afterwards and pretend you did something important.


So you're not voting then?
 
2012-10-26 01:17:34 PM  
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Voting in CA is way more important than most other states. Yeah, our Presidential Electoral process is bunk, but we directly vote on shiat that has an immediate impact on our day to day lives. California ballot initiatives have had a greater effect on my everyday life than any specific act from a President. Also, the President usually needs permission from Congress to get anything done; a good President will persuade Congress and cut deals to get things done (of course sometimes those things are bunk).
 
2012-10-26 01:17:47 PM  

shkkmo: darwinpolice: umad: turd sand

That's racist.

that's ignorant.


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2012-10-26 01:18:16 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.


So you're saying roughly 67% of the country has no right to complain?

....just wondering
 
2012-10-26 01:18:39 PM  
Every time I don't feel like voting, I think about the sacrifices people made to give me this privilege:


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They thought this right was important enough to protest for, fight for, and die for. Gets me off the couch every time.
 
2012-10-26 01:18:40 PM  

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


Same here... voted two days ago but my state is a swing state. NC went blue in '08... hoping the same for '12
 
2012-10-26 01:18:52 PM  

pute kisses like a man: 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.


"Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody do anything about it." - C. D. Warner
 
2012-10-26 01:19:04 PM  

MoronLessOff: ZeroCorpse: No matter who you vote for, the SAME PEOPLE will be running the world. The President is a celebrity face

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EXACTLY.

Doug Adams got it.
 
2012-10-26 01:19:15 PM  

Warlordtrooper: rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.

Actually voting is a constitutionally protected right.

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.

OH ya, so please explain to me why I should go vote. Seeing as how I'm in New York and my vote counts for a fraction of what a vote cast in Ohio counts for. Please go on and defend this asinine electoral system where peoples votes make no difference.


You should go vote. Marriage is legal and equal for everyone in NY because some people voted for the people who believe in expanding rights. Your property taxes depend on for whom you vote. Even in NY, your district's representative in the house answers to a relatively small handful of voters, including you. NY has some of the best pro-rated healthcare plans in the country for people who are poor, but don't qualify for medicaid thanks to a handful of state representatives elected by people just like you. The progress NY has made absolutely can be lost if you get complacent and a bunch of jackasses get into office.
 
2012-10-26 01:20:23 PM  

I_Hate_Iowa: Listen, you moronic cum stains. It's not about one vote determining the outcome. It's about representation. Every vote closer to 100% turnout means truer representation in government. 100% voter turnout means 100% true representation of the American people in our government. And if no-information voters go out and vote in idiots, then that's pretty representative isn't it?

And you're not just voting for president, idiots. I could make a strong argument that results of local races will have much more effect on your life than president. People need to care a lot more about who their city council member or state senator is than they currently do.

Farking vote, idiots.


Wow. Now I absolutely have to make sure I get to the polls. This well written, eloquent statement as to why I should cast my ballot cannot be ignored. I must spread this message to my fellow Americans verbatim.
 
2012-10-26 01:20:36 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.


Kids are starving in China so eat your vegetables? MOm, is that you?

But, seriously, attitudes like this turn people off to voting. I mean, really? You are disgusted by non-voters? Voting is 'sacred?' Give me a break. Voting is a right and not an obligation, just like owning a gun. But I'm sure you are not disgusted by people who don't own guns. Even for those who do vote, most have less chance of casting a meaningful ballot than winning the lottery. And for those people who don't care either way, I hope they don't vote. That would be a greater threat to democracy in my opinion. Someone casting a ballot for no reason other than to exercise their right is worse than someone who doesn't care staying away from the ballot box. Should we force everyone to vote? Do you not understand the irony in that?
 
2012-10-26 01:21:17 PM  

ZeroCorpse:
Oh, shut up.


We get it. You're bitter. You're welcome to try to make things better, like a responsible person in society, or you can just wheeze and biatch about everything and sit back and not do anything.

Looks like you chose the latter. Good for you, but you're not really needed anymore. If you literally have no hope, no ambition to make a voting nation more civil, then there's no need for you.

Get the fark over it.
 
2012-10-26 01:22:04 PM  
My brother has health care because of our current President.
Your brother may have died in a foreign county because of a former President.

You bet your farking ass you have an obligation to voice your opinion on these matters...

So do it.
 
2012-10-26 01:22:27 PM  
I feel there's degrees to how much my vote counts.

Presidential elections - Pretty much nothing, although my state is starting to trend away from the expected person our electoral college would vote in. So maybe...who knows?

House/Senate - A bit more heated, and my vote actually can make somewhat of a difference. Not much, as generally the districts have their champions, but occasionally one of them will say some idiotic thing to get themselves in trouble and the other guy can muster enough votes to pull off an upset.

Local measures - We had a lot of them this year, and I think this is probably the most direct way my vote can actually count for something. It's a much smaller batch of votes to count, and often these measures get very close on election day.

So does your vote count? Sure, but maybe not in the grandiose way you're imagining. But when you're grousing and griping about who possibly passed a law upping your local sales tax or allowing criminals to sue their victims when they defend themselves? Well, you did, when you didn't vote against it because there was a Charles in Charge marathon on.
 
2012-10-26 01:23:01 PM  
Hey, who do I vote for if I want legal weed?
 
2012-10-26 01:23:07 PM  
If you believe that voting doesn't matter and have decided to not vote, how about you vote for who I'm voting for. Every one of you apathetics.

You already said it won't matter, so this won't change anything, right?.
 
2012-10-26 01:23:48 PM  
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.

That is just great. Go ahead and do your yoga and read a book and fart around on f*cking Facebook all day, the rest of us will take care of that whole "democracy" thing - not that you care whether it's a democracy or military junta or an anarcho-syndicalist commune or whatever, just as long as you have your "me" time.

Listen, you lazy, complacent, irresponsible, freeloading, useless bint: I've re-read Moby Dick twice. Didn't keep me from making informed votes in every election of my adult life.
 
2012-10-26 01:23:59 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: No, you can't complain. You had a chance to voice your opinion


Not on a ballot, I didn't.
 
2012-10-26 01:24:14 PM  
Stupid people in this thread: It doesn't matter who I vote for. They're all the same crooked politicians.

Tell that to every gay member of the armed forces that can now serve openly without worrying about being kicked out. Tell that to every person with a pre-existing condition that can find health insurance now. Tell that to the auto workers that didn't lose their jobs in 2009.

Grow up and use your farking brains instead of copping out because thinking is hard.
 
2012-10-26 01:24:29 PM  

moefuggenbrew: Hey, who do I vote for if I want legal weed?


If you're serious, you should do research on it.

I'll give you a hint who NOT to vote for it you want legal weed, Romney/Obama.
 
2012-10-26 01:24:58 PM  
What the fark are you people biatching about now? We have a mature, stable democracy - and one of the hallmarks of a stable democracy is consistency.

So, no matter who you vote for, you're going to get another Ivy-league lawyer beholden to Wall Street. See? Consistent.

/always at war with Eastasia
 
2012-10-26 01:25:12 PM  
I'm not going to vote. My company gives me thre hours off on election day, so I am really looking forward to going into work at 11am on whatever day election day is.
 
2012-10-26 01:25:12 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I concede that local elections DO have an effect. Unfortunately, I'm severely outnumbered in my area, so my vote is a drop in the sea of opposing (and greatly misinformed) opinions.

But nationally? NO EFFECT. As Carlin put it, this country was bought, paid for, and divvied up long ago.


I'm not buying that, because you're using the national portion of the election as an excuse for not voting at all. I would encourage you to go out and vote, even if only for the one or two things on the ballot you believe in. Leave the rest blank. Don't let the majority in your area believe that they own the entire opinion. You have to make your voice known. Please do it. It would genuinely mean something to me.
 
2012-10-26 01:25:46 PM  

A challenger appears: What If I don't want to vote for any of the candidates?


There's more than candidates on the typical ballot, if your state allows ballot initiatives in the first place.

But yeah, usually all candidates on any ballot are total shiat and it's not worth it.
 
2012-10-26 01:26:26 PM  

jigger: The My Little Pony Killer: No, you can't complain. You had a chance to voice your opinion

Not on a ballot, I didn't.


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2012-10-26 01:26:51 PM  

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


You've got it exactly backward.
 
2012-10-26 01:27:15 PM  

a61sun: God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.

So you're saying roughly 67% of the country has no right to complain?

....just wondering


Perhaps I should have phrased that as "if you don't vote, nobody should respect your opinion on politics."

If someone misses voting because they had to rush their child to hospital or something, that's one thing, but if they just didn't care about who is governing them? Then fark them.
 
2012-10-26 01:29:08 PM  
I may not vote, but in fairness, I don't complain about my taxes or really anything that voting would've changed.
 
2012-10-26 01:29:13 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.


I vote by cheating and breaking the system every way I can get away with.
 
2012-10-26 01:29:20 PM  
I wish this were on my DVR so I could fast forward through all this crap.

and the Carlin Quote up above, well played. I heard it yesterday on the comedy station.
 
2012-10-26 01:29:56 PM  
This is the first election I'm voting in and I'm 31. I was either stationed overseas and didn't do the absentee ballot or I just could not 100% feel that someone running I could vote for and feel good about it. When I decided that this year I had to vote, I told people and was immediately congratulated until they found out I wasn't voting for who they were and I was told I was wasting my vote. That and I've been told I'm voting against MY interests.
 
2012-10-26 01:30:28 PM  
I think many more people would vote if there was a "none of the above" option, even if there is only an incumbent listed.
 
2012-10-26 01:31:16 PM  

GanjSmokr: If you're serious, you should do research on it.

I'll give you a hint who NOT to vote for it you want legal weed, Romney/Obama.


Yes, seriously.

Basically, I have no candidate to vote for then...? Because one of those two guys is going to win.
 
2012-10-26 01:32:12 PM  
Voting isn't everything. In fact most of the gains made by the working class were not done via the ballot box.
 
2012-10-26 01:32:51 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: 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.


offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.


How can you complain,offmymeds? According to The My Little Pony Killer, you voters are saving us all.
 
2012-10-26 01:32:52 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Perhaps I should have phrased that as "if you don't vote, nobody should respect your opinion on politics."

If someone misses voting because they had to rush their child to hospital or something, that's one thing, but if they just didn't care about who is governing them? Then fark them.


What if they just don't believe in the efficacy of their single vote? Someone in California has zero chance of influencing the election. On top of that, even if your vote did effect the election, there is no guarantee that your candidate will try or be able to make the changes you want? People like to pretend that voting is a powerful act but if you really think about it, it makes you realize how ineffectual you really are.
 
2012-10-26 01:34:06 PM  

Lando Lincoln: mekkab: Oh, so you think voting actually matters?

Let me laugh even harder.

If 95% of the eligible voters did get off of their asses and voted, it certainly would.


Well, that all depends on who's on the ballot, doesn't it?
 
2012-10-26 01:34:56 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: This is the first election I'm voting in and I'm 31. I was either stationed overseas and didn't do the absentee ballot or I just could not 100% feel that someone running I could vote for and feel good about it. When I decided that this year I had to vote, I told people and was immediately congratulated until they found out I wasn't voting for who they were and I was told I was wasting my vote. That and I've been told I'm voting against MY interests.


This is exactly why I don't discuss politics.
 
2012-10-26 01:35:00 PM  

insano: Voting is a right and not an obligation


The old saw about knowing your rights, all the while ignoring your obligations to those rights. The rights have to be enumerated on paper. The responsibilities are supposed to come from living in that enumerated society, in order to protect those rights.

Someone casting a ballot for no reason other than to exercise their right is worse than someone who doesn't care staying away from the ballot box.

Part of the responsibility is to have a reasonably informed picture of what's going on in your society, both greater and local. That's implied in this conversation, but it isn't said enough. But people have so much fun exercising their right to do whatever the fark they want at any given time, they completely forget about the responsibility portion. It's as though it doesn't even exist. The entitlement mentality of a person who thinks they have all the rights of a society and no responsibility to it is precisely what will destroy this country.

And that's exactly what people are talking about when they say that people get the government they deserve.
 
2012-10-26 01:35:58 PM  

Pharmdawg: I think many more people would vote if there was a "none of the above" option, even if there is only an incumbent listed.


Or "anyone else". If you want to make a statement, get 1000 friends together and vote against every incumbent. May not help, but the parties do track the trending numbers of the incumbents they run for each office.
 
2012-10-26 01:36:16 PM  

MoronLessOff: This is exactly why I don't discuss politics.


The best part is I didn't even tell them who I was voting for. I just said "guess who" and they assumed.
 
2012-10-26 01:36:31 PM  

moefuggenbrew: GanjSmokr: If you're serious, you should do research on it.

I'll give you a hint who NOT to vote for it you want legal weed, Romney/Obama.

Yes, seriously.

Basically, I have no candidate to vote for then...? Because one of those two guys is going to win.


Gary Johnson is one of the candidates who would like to bring an end to the war on drugs. I'm not stupid, I know he isn't going to win. I just couldn't bring myself to vote for Romney or Obama because I disagree with both of them on ~50% of the issues, whereas I agree with Gary Johnson (and Ron Paul) on ~95% of the issues.

Find out who you actually agree with on the issues: http://www.isidewith.com

And to those who would call my vote "wasted" I counter that an actual "wasted" vote is one cast for someone you don't agree with. Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is still voting for evil.
 
2012-10-26 01:37:47 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: a61sun: God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.

So you're saying roughly 67% of the country has no right to complain?

....just wondering

Perhaps I should have phrased that as "if you don't vote, nobody should respect your opinion on politics."

If someone misses voting because they had to rush their child to hospital or something, that's one thing, but if they just didn't care about who is governing them? Then fark them.


It's not that I don't care, I don't vote because even if I DO vote, it changes nothing.

And I care about respect for political opinions why? Will my voting change anyone's respect for my political opinion?

Will my ONE vote change ANYthing??
 
2012-10-26 01:38:24 PM  

Well I use Mac/Linux...: Because all you people voting for someone based on the color of their skin, or how much of a tax break they promise you are SO much better than those of us who simply don't give a fark.


Yeah, pretty much.

Of course some peopel vote based on what they think will be best for the country, but go ahead and think yourself more sophisticated because you're lazy and don't think you should give anything back to the country like maybe ten minutes of your time each week to read real news.
 
2012-10-26 01:39:16 PM  
I'm sure somebody has posted this already but...

No I won't if

"This is the best we can do folks".
 
2012-10-26 01:39:33 PM  

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Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Well, I guess that's the important thing.

No, the important thing is that I exercised my right to vote.

Words, Empty words. No, the only important thing is you can puff yourself up by saying so afterwards and pretend you did something important.


And you can't even pretend.
 
2012-10-26 01:41:31 PM  
Plenty of other things besides president/representative on the ballot here. At least you can vote no on all the idiotic propositions.

/Then watch them pass anyway
 
2012-10-26 01:41:33 PM  

GanjSmokr: And to those who would call my vote "wasted" I counter that an actual "wasted" vote is one cast for someone you don't agree with. Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is still voting for evil.


The other saying is: "It's better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it."
 
2012-10-26 01:41:39 PM  
The case for voting is very simple: The most intelligent and highest earning people in the world vote. I would prefer to be one of those people. Through the years, I have discarded my vote on John Anderson and Ross Perot. But I always vote.
 
2012-10-26 01:42:07 PM  
Im more worried about a lot of the things ill be voting on for the state and local levels than who is president. In my state we have quaestions on gay marriage, in state tuition for illegal immigrants, expanding gambling and weather or not elected offcials can keep their jobs if they have been arrested during their term.
 
2012-10-26 01:42:09 PM  
Californian here. I think that voting doesn't matter in California.

1. It is going Obama no matter what.
2. Last time around, we voted for a high speed rail from San Fransico / Sacrament to LA. What we are getting is a medium speed train (in 30-50 years) from fresno to bakersfield. At 10 times the price. And some BART cars in the bay area. We are not getting what we voted for. Not even close.
3. Many of the people we vote for appoint or are outright frauds. When they get caught, they get a slap on the wrist, and say "sorry". Then back to shenanigans.
4. There is no option to say "Don't fill the position". That would be the true test of a candidates worth. Right now, not marking any candidate goes in the trash.
5. Sometimes a seeming step in the right direction is actually a step in the wrong direction. eg. Prop 8? Gay marriage (2008?). Seemingly the way for more equal protection of rights would be to vote for gay marriage. But by voting for or against gay marriage you are silently reinforcing the stance that government should be involved in marriage. The true way to have equality would be to get government out of marriage entirely. But there was no option for that.
6. Most people are morons (maybe I am also, but too dumb to know). We have a GMO prop this time around. I cannot find one person in my social group that understands anything about genetic modification other than GMO badd grrrrr. Or see example 2, Trains good.
7. Local elections. See example 6. I go to certain meetings, as they effect the job that I do, and when these idiots have proposals or new ideas etc. None of them understand anything. Then when I get up to the podium and explain it to them, they glaze over like I am explaining fusion or ancient egyptian writing. Most of them cant figure out how to use an Ipad. by the way, they voted themselves all Ipads the previous month so that they could work more "efficiently". Calling them tards just gets you thrown out of the meeting.

8. I have come to the conclusion that government isn't meant for me. It is just an evil that I must navigate my way around because I like not living in a cave. Government is for and by people that can barely wipe themselves. if you think I am wrong, just watch daily show or colbert, most of our elected officials know nothing about what they are legislating.

9. should people vote? yes. Does it do anything? no.
 
2012-10-26 01:44:02 PM  
Nightsweat Smartest
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doubled99: offmymeds Smartest
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doubled99: offmymeds Smartest
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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.

Well, I guess that's the important thing.

No, the important thing is that I exercised my right to vote.

Words, Empty words. No, the only important thing is you can puff yourself up by saying so afterwards and pretend you did something important.

And you can't even pretend.


Don't need to. But thanks for acknowledging the importance of casting that vote. So you can say stuff later and feel good.
 
2012-10-26 01:44:29 PM  

jigger: GanjSmokr: And to those who would call my vote "wasted" I counter that an actual "wasted" vote is one cast for someone you don't agree with. Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is still voting for evil.

The other saying is: "It's better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it."


I like that and I will be using it. Thanks!
 
2012-10-26 01:44:32 PM  

midigod: The old saw about knowing your rights, all the while ignoring your obligations to those rights. The rights have to be enumerated on paper. The responsibilities are supposed to come from living in that enumerated society, in order to protect those rights


Where in the constitution or the bill of rights does it state: "these are your inalienable rights that you are born with as a citizen of the United States, unless you do not protect them by voting"? Obligations and responsibilities are those things you must do or face punishment (Jury duty, paying taxes, etc.) Voting has no such obligation. I am voting, but do I have an obligation to do so? No.
 
2012-10-26 01:44:50 PM  
I don't vote because it makes no difference who wins. Do I want the Democratic representative to sell my future to the greedy and further strip me of my civil liberties or do I want the Republican representative to do so? Decisions decisions. Or I could throw my vote away on a third party or write-in candidate. My cup runneth over...
 
2012-10-26 01:45:05 PM  
I love all the 'civic duty patriots' around election time...

I wish they cared this farking much the rest of the time - we might not have some pseudo
choice for different sides of the same coin, or a different talking head on the same set of strings.

\Don't break a rib trying to blow yourselves, tools.
 
2012-10-26 01:45:48 PM  

insano: midigod: The old saw about knowing your rights, all the while ignoring your obligations to those rights. The rights have to be enumerated on paper. The responsibilities are supposed to come from living in that enumerated society, in order to protect those rights

Where in the constitution or the bill of rights does it state: "these are your inalienable rights that you are born with as a citizen of the United States, unless you do not protect them by voting"? Obligations and responsibilities are those things you must do or face punishment (Jury duty, paying taxes, etc.) Voting has no such obligation. I am voting, but do I have an obligation to do so? No.


Also, protect rights from who? Other voters?
 
2012-10-26 01:46:08 PM  
I have the right not to vote and f*ck you if you have a problem with me exercising that right no matter what reason I choose to exercise that right with.
 
2012-10-26 01:46:32 PM  

GanjSmokr: jigger: GanjSmokr: And to those who would call my vote "wasted" I counter that an actual "wasted" vote is one cast for someone you don't agree with. Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is still voting for evil.

The other saying is: "It's better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it."

I like that and I will be using it. Thanks!


Why? If I do or don't vote I'm still going to get it.
 
2012-10-26 01:46:55 PM  

Hobo Jr.: Alabamian voting for Obama.

I might as well throw my vote away.


Same here. Though fingers crossed my vote for Vance against Roy Moore will not be in vain.
 
2012-10-26 01:47:00 PM  
I would've read Kerry Howley's stupid farking Slate piece about not voting because there are other things to do in the world, but I had better things to do with my time.

/like commenting about it on Fark
 
2012-10-26 01:47:07 PM  

Honest Bender: I don't vote because it makes no difference who wins. Do I want the Democratic representative to sell my future to the greedy and further strip me of my civil liberties or do I want the Republican representative to do so? Decisions decisions. Or I could throw my vote away on a third party or write-in candidate. My cup runneth over...


I don't see how voting 3rd party would be "throwing away" your vote if you weren't going to vote anyway...

Throw Gary Johnson a vote. If he gets 5%, things might be more interesting next time around.
 
2012-10-26 01:47:24 PM  
Maybe I just want to exercise my Constitutionally protected right not to vote.
 
2012-10-26 01:47:41 PM  
rumpelstiltskin

Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.


Tell that to the groups in the history of the U.S. who fought for the right to have the responsibility to vote.

say it with me now.

Women
Black people.
 
2012-10-26 01:48:21 PM  

Hobo Jr.: Alabamian voting for Obama.

I might as well throw my vote away.


This is how I feel too, but I still feel good casting my democratic vote in a red state. I mean if other democrats see that there were some other democratic votes then it will keep them from giving up too.
 
2012-10-26 01:48:55 PM  

insano: Obligations and responsibilities are those things you must do or face punishment (Jury duty, paying taxes, etc.) Voting has no such obligation. I am voting, but do I have an obligation to do so? No.


Please reread my post. I said that the rights were enumerated, not the responsibilities. I'm sorry that you feel as though you have no responsibilities to this society other than those you'd face punishment for avoiding. Your attitude is all too common, and in its ignorance, proves my point.
 
2012-10-26 01:49:55 PM  

insano: God Is My Co-Pirate: Perhaps I should have phrased that as "if you don't vote, nobody should respect your opinion on politics."

If someone misses voting because they had to rush their child to hospital or something, that's one thing, but if they just didn't care about who is governing them? Then fark them.

What if they just don't believe in the efficacy of their single vote? Someone in California has zero chance of influencing the election. On top of that, even if your vote did effect the election, there is no guarantee that your candidate will try or be able to make the changes you want? People like to pretend that voting is a powerful act but if you really think about it, it makes you realize how ineffectual you really are.


Well, up here in Canda we have (or had before Harper started dismantling it) a system where every single vote resulted in a per-vote subsidy - roughly $2 - to the party you voted for. Green, Separatist, Communist, you name it, your vote directly supported them, and that's how our parties were funded. I loved that because you could genuinely support a party that had no chance of actually winning any seats.
 
2012-10-26 01:50:35 PM  

insano: Also, protect rights from who? Other voters?


Protect those rights from being removed. For your own sake, please take a civics class.
 
2012-10-26 01:50:51 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.


*Yawn*

/I'll be sleeping in
 
2012-10-26 01:51:03 PM  
Possible way to make it so your vote starts to count by making third party candidates more viable.

http://2-by-2.org/concept
 
2012-10-26 01:51:19 PM  

moefuggenbrew: Basically, I have no candidate to vote for then...? Because one of those two guys is going to win.


If you think voting is only about picking a team that has the potential of winning, then yeah, you don't. But if you think like that then unless you live in a swing state, it doesn't really matter who you vote for anyway.
 
2012-10-26 01:51:46 PM  
Cognitive. Dissonance. No thank you. I'll keep my vote.
 
2012-10-26 01:52:48 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: MoronLessOff: This is exactly why I don't discuss politics.

The best part is I didn't even tell them who I was voting for. I just said "guess who" and they assumed.


Awesome. This is also why I stopped Facebook. I signed up right around the last election to keep in touch with a friend that was headed out of the country for a vacation. Shortly after that, every other message was political. I got sick of it and just stopped checking.
 
2012-10-26 01:53:12 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: That and I've been told I'm voting against MY interests.


You voted against boobs!!??! You monster!
 
2012-10-26 01:53:17 PM  
Here's a potentially long-term and powerful change we can create with our votes this year: 

www.garyjohnson2012.com/videos
 
2012-10-26 01:53:17 PM  

nmemkha: [cdn.ebaumsworld.com image 555x448]

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.


Yes but that plan brings down the price of bacon, and I love bacon.
 
2012-10-26 01:53:19 PM  
The Rs and Ds are yin and yang, reflexively taking opposing viewpoints on every single issue. If one says the sky is blue, the other must take the position that it is clearly green. However, they both acknowledge the agreement and actively fight to keep their relationship exclusive so that they can continue their good cop/bad cop act. I cannot support this system as it's no different in concept to the Soviet Communist Party choosing the one and only candidate for Premier.

I'll vote for a third party choice in the hope that one day, enough disaffected voters will get them over the hump to Federal Matching Funds. That's the best I can hope for. Also, it makes me feel like Don Quixote, which is nice.
 
2012-10-26 01:54:23 PM  
Wow some people have built a nice warm little isolation bubble around themselves haven't they?

It must be nice to be so privileged that recent history and current events have impacted you in no way whatsoever.

Here is a hint folks. It's not a math problem. It's ebb and flow. It's a god damned grind. The things that you find troubling will not be repaired or replaced overnight. You have to wear the farkers down.

Or you can be a lazy coward and hide behind righteous indignation. It's your choice. You are most likely already wasting your life, why not waste your vote as well...
 
2012-10-26 01:54:24 PM  

offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.


Amusingly, that's actually the opposite of how parliamentary procedures generally work. By voting, you are agreeing to the terms of the vote, ie that the issue will be settled by the majority. You've agreed to the rules of the game, even if you lose.

To reserve the right to complain or revisit the issue later, you either find proof that the rules weren't followed, or you abstain from voting by declining your ballot.

PS: Not voting is not the same thing as declining your ballot. It's indicating that you don't care enough to show up, even though you were informed well in advance.

PPS: Spoiling your ballot is not the same thing as declining your ballot. Declining it indicates that you find all of the options presented to be unacceptable or you otherwise reject the voting rules. Spoiling your ballot indicates that you don't know how to use a voting machine.
 
2012-10-26 01:55:48 PM  

spidermilk: Hobo Jr.: Alabamian voting for Obama.

I might as well throw my vote away.

This is how I feel too, but I still feel good casting my democratic vote in a red state. I mean if other democrats see that there were some other democratic votes then it will keep them from giving up too.


Plus if solid red states start to win by less and less of a margin in future elections, then eventually the GOP is going to have to defend a once solid red state.

So go and vote, even if you know Obama is not going to win in Alabama or Texas, etc.
 
2012-10-26 01:57:34 PM  

correct horse battery staple: offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Amusingly, that's actually the opposite of how parliamentary procedures generally work. By voting, you are agreeing to the terms of the vote, ie that the issue will be settled by the majority. You've agreed to the rules of the game, even if you lose.


You're not talking about the same thing. offmymeds wasn't talking about complaining that his guy won. He was talking about complaining if his guy didn't do the things he said he would, or was stymied by some other influences. So don't pretend you're arguing against him; you're arguing a completely different point.
 
2012-10-26 01:57:47 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.


A plutocratic system that's corrupt to the core is just as bad as a dictatorship. Wake up and smell the reality - we don't live in a democracy anymore.
 
2012-10-26 01:58:00 PM  
No pity for those who are 'too busy' to vote. I usually vote right after work at about 5:30-6 PM. It has never taken more than 10 minutes. If that was a problem I would go right after getting up or take an hour off of work to go vote.

As far as researching the candidates, if I don't have an idea already then when I get my sample ballot I look them up online and see how they run on the issues. If I really don't care or don't think I have enough info to make an informed decision then I don't vote on that single race.

And not voting because 'both candidates suck'? No. I'm voting Obama. I don't agree with all of his views. He is better than others though. I consider SCOTUS a huge reason for voting- in 2004 I couldn't determine who to vote for, but based my vote on who I wanted appointing justices.

Figure out what is most important to you and figure out who is going to do best on those things. If you spent half the time that you spent 'designing' your next tattoo on deciding who to vote for then I think you can do it.
 
2012-10-26 01:58:03 PM  

Fast Thick Pants: You voted against boobs!!??! You monster!


Their rein of terror is OVER
 
2012-10-26 01:58:08 PM  

GanjSmokr: I don't see how voting 3rd party would be "throwing away" your vote if you weren't going to vote anyway...


...seriously?
I outlined my three voting options: Corporate Whore #1, Corporate Whore #2, and 3rd party trashcan.
I don't vote for the reasons I stated in my previous post. But if I did vote, and voted for 3rd party, it would just be tossing my vote in the trash.
 
2012-10-26 01:58:25 PM  

FlashHarry: what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.


This same sentiment goes triple for people who try to get out of jury duty. Brag about it. Even discuss the best methods of subverting the process. Fark is full of them. If they are ever accused of a crime they should go to prison with the right to trial by jury.
 
2012-10-26 01:58:29 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


All of them? Really? Are you so sure that you wouldn't want a Gary Johnson presidency that you can stay home?

That is what the Republican-Democratic Electoral Machine wants.
 
2012-10-26 02:00:55 PM  

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

The First Amendment says otherwise, but in any event, I'm forced to wonder: would you paint active nonvoters ("I don't vote, and this is why") and passive nonvoters ("Meh; whatever") with the same brush?


I would. If only because most of these people later complain that the government isn't any good. Well, you get the government you voted for...or in this case, not.
 
2012-10-26 02:01:32 PM  

IlGreven: 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

All of them? Really? Are you so sure that you wouldn't want a Gary Johnson presidency that you can stay home?

That is what how the Republican-Democratic Electoral Machine wantsworks.


FTFY
 
2012-10-26 02:02:09 PM  

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

The First Amendment says otherwise, but in any event, I'm forced to wonder: would you paint active nonvoters ("I don't vote, and this is why") and passive nonvoters ("Meh; whatever") with the same brush?

I would. If only because most of these people later complain that the government isn't any good. Well, you get the government you voted for...or in this case, not.


If you are an anti-capitalist what is the point of voting for capitalist candidates?
 
2012-10-26 02:02:23 PM  

Honest Bender: GanjSmokr: I don't see how voting 3rd party would be "throwing away" your vote if you weren't going to vote anyway...

...seriously?
I outlined my three voting options: Corporate Whore #1, Corporate Whore #2, and 3rd party trashcan.
I don't vote for the reasons I stated in my previous post. But if I did vote, and voted for 3rd party, it would just be tossing my vote in the trash.


Yes, seriously... you left out the last line of my post:

Throw Gary Johnson a vote. If he gets 5%, things might be more interesting next time around.

Unless you like being limited to the choices of CW1 and CW2 (which it seems you don't), do something to initiate change. If Gary Johnson gets 5% of the vote this time, we could see some change next time around.
 
2012-10-26 02:03:12 PM  

hugram: spidermilk: Hobo Jr.: Alabamian voting for Obama.

I might as well throw my vote away.

This is how I feel too, but I still feel good casting my democratic vote in a red state. I mean if other democrats see that there were some other democratic votes then it will keep them from giving up too.

Plus if solid red states start to win by less and less of a margin in future elections, then eventually the GOP is going to have to defend a once solid red state.

So go and vote, even if you know Obama is not going to win in Alabama or Texas, etc.


Not to mention, the more moderates stay home, the more the crazies get to determine the election, and the more they get courted by future politicians.
 
2012-10-26 02:04:20 PM  

correct horse battery staple: offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Amusingly, that's actually the opposite of how parliamentary procedures generally work. By voting, you are agreeing to the terms of the vote, ie that the issue will be settled by the majority. You've agreed to the rules of the game, even if you lose.

To reserve the right to complain or revisit the issue later, you either find proof that the rules weren't followed, or you abstain from voting by declining your ballot.

PS: Not voting is not the same thing as declining your ballot. It's indicating that you don't care enough to show up, even though you were informed well in advance.

PPS: Spoiling your ballot is not the same thing as declining your ballot. Declining it indicates that you find all of the options presented to be unacceptable or you otherwise reject the voting rules. Spoiling your ballot indicates that you don't know how to use a voting machine.


In the grown up world, pouting is usually unsuccessful. If you don't like the rules of the game, you have to play by the rules to change the rules. If instead you decide to go sit in the corner and cry, we'll just ignore you.
 
2012-10-26 02:04:47 PM  

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

The First Amendment says otherwise, but in any event, I'm forced to wonder: would you paint active nonvoters ("I don't vote, and this is why") and passive nonvoters ("Meh; whatever") with the same brush?

I would. If only because most of these people later complain that the government isn't any good. Well, you get the government you voted for...or in this case, not.

If you are an anti-capitalist what is the point of voting for capitalist candidates?


There are at least two Communist candidates on most ballots, if you want one.
 
2012-10-26 02:05:44 PM  

midigod: correct horse battery staple: offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Amusingly, that's actually the opposite of how parliamentary procedures generally work. By voting, you are agreeing to the terms of the vote, ie that the issue will be settled by the majority. You've agreed to the rules of the game, even if you lose.

You're not talking about the same thing. offmymeds wasn't talking about complaining that his guy won. He was talking about complaining if his guy didn't do the things he said he would, or was stymied by some other influences. So don't pretend you're arguing against him; you're arguing a completely different point.


In fairness, I think we're both making assumptions about what offmymeds actually meant, but I understand where you're coming from.
 
2012-10-26 02:05:57 PM  

Honest Bender: GanjSmokr: I don't see how voting 3rd party would be "throwing away" your vote if you weren't going to vote anyway...

...seriously?
I outlined my three voting options: Corporate Whore #1, Corporate Whore #2, and 3rd party trashcan.
I don't vote for the reasons I stated in my previous post. But if I did vote, and voted for 3rd party, it would just be tossing my vote in the trash.


..,thank you for furthering the agenda of corporate whores. Probably more than those who actually vote for them.
 
2012-10-26 02:05:59 PM  

midigod: insano: Also, protect rights from who? Other voters?

Protect those rights from being removed. For your own sake, please take a civics class.


So you avoid actually making a point and just attack my knowledge of civics...

When you say I need to vote to protect my rights from being removed, then you imply that there are other voters who want to take away my rights. Do they have the same 'responsibility' to vote to take away my rights? Are peoples' rights at odds with each other? No! But you knew that already Mr. civics professor.

Of course I don't expect you to actually defend your contention, only to call me ignorant again.
 
2012-10-26 02:06:11 PM  

jigger: The My Little Pony Killer: 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.

offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

How can you complain,offmymeds? According to The My Little Pony Killer, you voters are saving us all.


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2012-10-26 02:07:24 PM  

The Case for Not Voting
By Kerry Howley
Posted Friday, Oct. 26, 2012


And there you have it.....Rehashed Story #12,345 for this election season by a journalist with nothing better to write about until after the polls close.

Next Up: The mysterious tie-in between the Electoral College, the popular vote being discounted and the Illuminati sponsored Cheesy Poofs. Coincidence? I think not.

Film at 11. 

And just think....on 11/7, we all will have a renewed set of reasons to hate each other for the next 4 years. I am so excited, and I just can't hide it, I'm about to lose control and I think I like it....
 
2012-10-26 02:07:57 PM  

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

The First Amendment says otherwise, but in any event, I'm forced to wonder: would you paint active nonvoters ("I don't vote, and this is why") and passive nonvoters ("Meh; whatever") with the same brush?

I would. If only because most of these people later complain that the government isn't any good. Well, you get the government you voted for...or in this case, not.

If you are an anti-capitalist what is the point of voting for capitalist candidates?

There are at least two Communist candidates on most ballots, if you want one.


Depends on which communist party. If it's a stalinist organization HELL NO! (CPUSA is a Stalinist organization but they have endorsed Obama). If it is the Sparts.... HELL NO! They approve of pedophilia.
 
2012-10-26 02:09:22 PM  

midigod: Please reread my post. I said that the rights were enumerated, not the responsibilities. I'm sorry that you feel as though you have no responsibilities to this society other than those you'd face punishment for avoiding. Your attitude is all too common, and in its ignorance, proves my point.


Exactly, they are not enumerated by law, which means they are not responsibilities. I understand that you are attempting to derive responsibility from some higher abstract notion of duty to country or democracy, but that's not the way it works. I am no more obligated to vote than I am to pray to god.
 
2012-10-26 02:10:45 PM  

m1ke: Who am I supposed to vote for? Am I supposed to vote for the republican who is going to blast me in the ass or the democrat who is blasting my ass? Politics is one big ass blast. I say we pull up our bootstraps, oil up a couple of asses and do a little plowing of our own.


There's a couple/few third party candidates.

If everyone that was disgusted like you are voted third party, we'd actually get enough votes (I think it's 5% popular vote) to get the federal funding.
 
2012-10-26 02:10:51 PM  
When we get out of the stone age and switch to a popular vote I'll consider voting. Until then, it's not that I can't be bothered, I just don't see any reason to participate in the farce. And no, I don't mind the contempt and disdain of the voting nazis, I have plenty of both for them as well.
 
2012-10-26 02:12:25 PM  

Honest Bender: GanjSmokr: I don't see how voting 3rd party would be "throwing away" your vote if you weren't going to vote anyway...

...seriously?
I outlined my three voting options: Corporate Whore #1, Corporate Whore #2, and 3rd party trashcan.
I don't vote for the reasons I stated in my previous post. But if I did vote, and voted for 3rd party, it would just be tossing my vote in the trash.


If you don't vote at all, you're still tossing it in the trash; same net. The difference being throwing it away on a 3rd party candidate can't be played off as laziness in the press when looking at turnout and results. It's the difference between, "I'll throw my vote away" and "I'll throw my vote away and remind you I think you're all corporate whores."
 
2012-10-26 02:12:53 PM  

shkkmo: Tom_Slick: The other reason to vote, local elections, you my not like the presidential choices, but your vote could make the difference if your town has enough money to build a new school or repave that pothole strewn road you drive down every day and complain about.

I would vote in Local elections, but I've been itinerant for a while and I don't feel like I have a enough of a stake in any one community to have the right to vote on their issues. I'm currently in the processing of possibly settling down; maybe I'll vote local in the future.


If you pay any tax to your community, directly or indirectly, you have a stake in that community. That includes rent (your landlord passes property taxes on to you), sales tax and auto registration fees. You interact with cops -- do you prefer them good or bad?
 
2012-10-26 02:13:26 PM  
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correct horse battery staple: offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Amusingly, that's actually the opposite of how parliamentary procedures generally work. By voting, you are agreeing to the terms of the vote, ie that the issue will be settled by the majority. You've agreed to the rules of the game, even if you lose.

To reserve the right to complain or revisit the issue later, you either find proof that the rules weren't followed, or you abstain from voting by declining your ballot.

PS: Not voting is not the same thing as declining your ballot. It's indicating that you don't care enough to show up, even though you were informed well in advance.

PPS: Spoiling your ballot is not the same thing as declining your ballot. Declining it indicates that you find all of the options presented to be unacceptable or you otherwise reject the voting rules. Spoiling your ballot indicates that you don't know how to use a voting machine.

In the grown up world, pouting is usually unsuccessful. If you don't like the rules of the game, you have to play by the rules to change the rules


In a situation where a "game" is fixed, you don't decide the rules, and yet will suffer the same consequences as all, an intelligent person will simply refuse to play the game anymore.
 
2012-10-26 02:14:47 PM  
If I didn't live in Ohio, I'd vote Green, I think. Since I do, though, I have to vote *against* Rmoney. It could get 1% tight this year, and I don't want to fark it up. I would encourage everyone not in a swing state to vote 3rd party, though.
 
2012-10-26 02:15:23 PM  

lennavan: In the grown up world, pouting is usually unsuccessful. If you don't like the rules of the game, you have to play by the rules to change the rules. If instead you decide to go sit in the corner and cry, we'll just ignore you.


In an attempt to increase voter turnout, a popular mantra has been that if you do not participate in the electoral process, you do not have the right to complain about the outcome. I was amused by this as it is the opposite of how decision making through voting is framed by parliamentarians. I am aware that things are fundamentally different at federal and non-federal levels. Apparently I'm just easily amused.
 
2012-10-26 02:15:56 PM  
The candidate i want, Gary Johnson (L), has been sued off the ballot by the Republicans in my state. So why would I waste my time voting when I refuse to vote for Obama or Romney, and can't vote for the candidate i want?
 
2012-10-26 02:16:00 PM  
Not registered, not voting, never voted, not going to vote.

Until we have something that isn't a two party system, I am not going to bother with it. Neither party represents my interests, nor do any third parties.

Not all non-voters are lazy or stupid. I will keep complaining because there is a LOT wrong with this country that has nothing to do with Democratic or Republican politics.
 
2012-10-26 02:18:23 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.


I tried this on the wife and let her know that there were plenty of women out there that had no man to feed and keep them warm at night. Apparently, 'there are starving kids in africa' type of logic does not work in many instances.
 
2012-10-26 02:18:56 PM  
Found this article to be funny.

Link

Should be headlined: Florida and Ohio. Tell us what it's like to live in a democratic society.
 
2012-10-26 02:19:09 PM  

SweetSaws: The candidate i want, Gary Johnson (L), has been sued off the ballot by the Republicans in my state. So why would I waste my time voting when I refuse to vote for Obama or Romney, and can't vote for the candidate i want?


Which state is that? Last I checked, Gary Johnson was on 48 state ballots with OK having nobody but O/R (with no write ins) and MI allows a write in of GJ.
 
2012-10-26 02:19:09 PM  
why would a rich person like Katy Perry vote Democrat? once your rich you're supposed to vote Republican. she probably is having trouble paying her bills.
 
2012-10-26 02:21:14 PM  

Beerbarian: Pharmdawg: I think many more people would vote if there was a "none of the above" option, even if there is only an incumbent listed.

Or "anyone else". If you want to make a statement, get 1000 friends together and vote against every incumbent. May not help, but the parties do track the trending numbers of the incumbents they run for each office.


Apparently, Nevada actually does that: Link
 
2012-10-26 02:24:36 PM  

insano: When you say I need to vote to protect my rights from being removed, then you imply that there are other voters who want to take away my rights.


Don't be silly, it's the politicians who want to take away your rights.
 
2012-10-26 02:25:54 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Doug


"It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

--Douglas Adams
 
2012-10-26 02:25:59 PM  

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correct horse battery staple: offmymeds: Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Amusingly, that's actually the opposite of how parliamentary procedures generally work. By voting, you are agreeing to the terms of the vote, ie that the issue will be settled by the majority. You've agreed to the rules of the game, even if you lose.

To reserve the right to complain or revisit the issue later, you either find proof that the rules weren't followed, or you abstain from voting by declining your ballot.

PS: Not voting is not the same thing as declining your ballot. It's indicating that you don't care enough to show up, even though you were informed well in advance.

PPS: Spoiling your ballot is not the same thing as declining your ballot. Declining it indicates that you find all of the options presented to be unacceptable or you otherwise reject the voting rules. Spoiling your ballot indicates that you don't know how to use a voting machine.

In the grown up world, pouting is usually unsuccessful. If you don't like the rules of the game, you have to play by the rules to change the rules

In a situation where a "game" is fixed, you don't decide the rules, and yet will suffer the same consequences as all, an intelligent person will simply refuse to play the game anymore.


I have no issue with someone who decides to leave the country.
 
2012-10-26 02:27:38 PM  

dcigary: ZeroCorpse: Doug

"It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

--Douglas Adams


that's why President Barack Hussein Obama was annointed at Birth with Presidential Serum
8 mg for 8 whole years
 
2012-10-26 02:28:17 PM  

insano: When you say I need to vote to protect my rights from being removed, then you imply that there are other voters who want to take away my rights.


I imply no such thing. There are many other players who would love to take away your right to vote, and in fact, they've already begun in a couple of states, by trying to pass legislation that would make many local offices by appointment instead of by ballot. A weak democracy is always in danger from the outside, as well as from within. In fact there are many who would say that the two-party system intensifies that danger, since there are so few choices, and the result of such an election may be that one of the candidates chips away at the rights of the citizenry, hopefully without anyone objecting. But wait - that already happens EVERY DAY. It's only because of watchdogs publicizing these moves, and a concerned electorate reacting, that they do not take over and erode our rights. Please don't tell me you don't see those things happening, because they do, at all levels of government.

Of course I don't expect you to actually defend your contention, only to call me ignorant again.

Sorry to disappoint you on both counts, but yes, you do appear ignorant.

derive responsibility from some higher abstract notion of duty to country or democracy, but that's not the way it works.

Actually, yes, that was precisely the way our Founding Fathers intended it to work. That you choose to ignore what their vision was is another indication that you need more education. You cannot simply deny that something happened, and then live in that constructed society as if it didn't. It did happen. It was intended that way. I could give you quotes, but I'd prefer to have you look them up. Please believe me, they are there.
 
2012-10-26 02:31:22 PM  

ProfessorOhki: If you don't vote at all, you're still tossing it in the trash; same net.


Yes. That's exactly the point I was trying to make. That the difference between voting and not voting is the same as leaving a piece of trash in the trash can vs. picking it up and selecting a different trash can to put it in.

But apparently I have a civic duty to select which trash can my trash should be put into. Regardless of the fact that it's all going to the landfill.
 
2012-10-26 02:32:25 PM  

GanjSmokr: moefuggenbrew: Hey, who do I vote for if I want legal weed?

If you're serious, you should do research on it.

I'll give you a hint who NOT to vote for it you want legal weed, Romney/Obama.


Roseanne Barr (Yes, THAT Roseanne Barr *from TV* ) is on the list of presidential candidates this time around and I know she is for legalizing weed. So far thats the only one I know of.
 
2012-10-26 02:32:44 PM  
Alabamian voting for Obama.

I might as well throw my vote away.


AK here and in the same situation. I consider my presidential vote to be a big FU to the right wing nuts. Doesn't do anything, but makes me feel better. (local races still matter)


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

I like Carlin, unfortunately he has a logic problem here. Elections are the ONLY time when your political opinion can be taken seriously by those in office. By not voting you ARE responsible for who gets in because you could have cast your vote to stop them. If the big two are not to your liking, you could have let it be known by voting 3rd party. Politicians see the numbers and percents as a gauge on how well people like what they are doing. If they lose a significant number to third party they may rethink their platforms or hold back their more extreme positions. If they get a landslide (because people who disagreed stayed home) they'll enact the more extreme measures and feel that they are doing what people want. By not voting, you are telling politicians that they don't have to consider your opinion at all. By voting (even third party) you tell them that you are politically active and COULD support them at some future time if they change what they support.

I don't vote for the reasons I stated in my previous post. But if I did vote, and voted for 3rd party, it would just be tossing my vote in the trash.

No it isn't. It expresses a discontent. Not voting expresses indifference. One says "Hey, I don't like what you are doing" and the other says "You're fine, just doe whatever". While 1 person's discontent is not going to change things, If everyone who was discontent voted 3rd party, you'd scare the socks of the established parties.
 
2012-10-26 02:33:22 PM  

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


If things keep going the way thay have been, by Election Day the only non-swing states will be red ones...
 
2012-10-26 02:33:23 PM  
In a situation where a "game" is fixed, you don't decide the rules, and yet will suffer the same consequences as all, an intelligent person will simply refuse to play the game anymore.

I have no issue with someone who decides to leave the country


Don't use analogies if you are incapable of understanding them.
 
2012-10-26 02:34:37 PM  
Well, it looks like I will not be voting this year, because I will have job interviews on the west coast, and it's really late for an absentee ballot.

/Was trying to work the election, but when it screws up 3 days right in the middle of "on-site season", that is just not happening.
//Really hope the city isn't too screwed by my dropping out so late.
///Seriously, if anyone in the Farmington government is reading this, I really, really apologize. i got an offer with a deadline of November 16th, and so I'm moving the entire week of Thanksgiving into the 3 days around election day.
 
2012-10-26 02:34:40 PM  

Honest Bender: Yes. That's exactly the point I was trying to make. That the difference between voting and not voting is the same as leaving a piece of trash in the trash can vs. picking it up and selecting a different trash can to put it in.


Good analogy. The difference between voting and not voting is the same as leaving an aluminum can in the trash can versus picking up the aluminum can and selecting a different trash can, say perhaps the recycling trash can, to put it in. Because as it turns out, while both your recycling trash can and trash can are similar, they're not equal.
 
2012-10-26 02:35:46 PM  

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Early voted yesterday. At least I'll have a right to complain if and/or when things go horribly wrong.

Well, I guess that's the important thing.

No, the important thing is that I exercised my right to vote.

Words, Empty words. No, the only important thing is you can puff yourself up by saying so afterwards and pretend you did something important.

And you can't even pretend.

Don't need to. But thanks for acknowledging the importance of casting that vote. So you can say stuff later and feel good.


I'm sorry, I can't hear you. And neither can anyone else.
 
2012-10-26 02:35:54 PM  
I was planning to vote, but now I'm seriously considering Tom Hanks' offer.
 
2012-10-26 02:35:55 PM  

GanjSmokr: Throw Gary Johnson a vote. If he gets 5%, things might be more interesting next time around.

Unless you like being limited to the choices of CW1 and CW2 (which it seems you don't), do something to initiate change. If Gary Johnson gets 5% of the vote this time, we could see some change next time around.


I've just GOT to ask... what's your logic behind this? That if Random Dude gets a paltry number of votes, somehow it'll shake up the whole corrupt system?

IlGreven: ..,thank you for furthering the agenda of corporate whores. Probably more than those who actually vote for them.


I know, right? I mean, I could help to elect the next corporate shill or I could vote for someone who has ZERO chance of being elected. Surely that is somehow better than just abstaining... Tell me, how is my voting (vs. not voting) going to stick it to the corrupt political system?
 
2012-10-26 02:38:06 PM  

Kittahinaborx: GanjSmokr: moefuggenbrew: Hey, who do I vote for if I want legal weed?

If you're serious, you should do research on it.

I'll give you a hint who NOT to vote for it you want legal weed, Romney/Obama.

Roseanne Barr (Yes, THAT Roseanne Barr *from TV* ) is on the list of presidential candidates this time around and I know she is for legalizing weed. So far thats the only one I know of.


who's she running with MC Hammer??
 
2012-10-26 02:38:28 PM  

lennavan: directly addressing the number one reason for bankruptcy,


Really? Uninsured people were the number one reason for bankruptcy?

Maybe you can show us a link to a webpage that backs up this assertion.
 
2012-10-26 02:38:51 PM  

Honest Bender: ProfessorOhki: If you don't vote at all, you're still tossing it in the trash; same net.

Yes. That's exactly the point I was trying to make. That the difference between voting and not voting is the same as leaving a piece of trash in the trash can vs. picking it up and selecting a different trash can to put it in.

But apparently I have a civic duty to select which trash can my trash should be put into. Regardless of the fact that it's all going to the landfill.


You keep leaving out / ignoring / dismissing the fact that if Gary Johnson gets enough "throw away" votes, it changes the game next presidential election. It's NOT the same trash can. In the Gary Johnson trash can, there's a chance it's going to make some change.  There's a chance you might actually get a "choice" next presidential election if enough of us do this.
 
2012-10-26 02:40:03 PM  
Done in one, honestly. The very idea that there is, somehow, a case for not voting is ludicrous. Without a vote, you have no true representation - even "conscientious objection" to the railed electoral process is pointless unless you add your nudge to the electoral shove needed to change the direction of that juggernaut.
 
2012-10-26 02:40:14 PM  

lennavan: Good analogy. The difference between voting and not voting is the same as leaving an aluminum can in the trash can versus picking up the aluminum can and selecting a different trash can, say perhaps the recycling trash can, to put it in. Because as it turns out, while both your recycling trash can and trash can are similar, they're not equal.


Really? Because if you pay close attention, you'll notice that the garbage truck pulls up, dumps all the containers in the back of his truck, and drives it to the landfill where it's all dumped into the same shiathole.
 
2012-10-26 02:41:29 PM  

GanjSmokr: You keep leaving out / ignoring / dismissing the fact that if Gary Johnson gets enough "throw away" votes, it changes the game next presidential election.


Is this some sort of bad joke I'm not in on? I'm just going to assume yes. Or your a troll. Or both.
 
2012-10-26 02:41:32 PM  
Warlordtrooper

rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.

Actually voting is a constitutionally protected right.

Care to quote the Article and Section that appears in?
 
2012-10-26 02:42:15 PM  
I live in Oklahoma. This election, like almost every presdiential election, features no 3rd party presidential candidates and write-in votes are not allowed. I dont want to vote for either presidential candidate so what do I do?

Oklahoma has a minimum 50,000 signatures required to get a presidential candidate (one of the highest in the country) on the ballot and one of only 5 states not allowing write-ins. Until something is done at the state level to include 3rd party candidates abstaining from presidential voting seems the only logical and ethical option.
 
2012-10-26 02:42:17 PM  

The Southern Logic Company: Not registered, not voting, never voted, not going to vote.

Until we have something that isn't a two party system, I am not going to bother with it.


I'm not being an asshole, I promise, but do you think the two party system is just going to magically go away? Then you can swing by and vote for your perfect candidate? We have to make the change happen, not just sit by and watch these pricks run our country into the ground.
 
2012-10-26 02:43:41 PM  

lennavan: 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


Lennmeister. 78% of people filing for bankruptcy had medical insurance.
 
2012-10-26 02:43:45 PM  

Honest Bender: GanjSmokr: Throw Gary Johnson a vote. If he gets 5%, things might be more interesting next time around.

Unless you like being limited to the choices of CW1 and CW2 (which it seems you don't), do something to initiate change. If Gary Johnson gets 5% of the vote this time, we could see some change next time around.

I've just GOT to ask... what's your logic behind this? That if Random Dude gets a paltry number of votes, somehow it'll shake up the whole corrupt system?


If Gary Johnson gets 5% of the popular vote, the Libertarian party will be entitled to matching federal funds (about $90 million) from the Federal Government next presidential election.

Again, unless you enjoy being tied to the 2 choices of (R) guy and (D) guy that are being essentially forced upon you, throw your vote away on Gary Johnson.
 
2012-10-26 02:44:09 PM  

signaljammer: Here in Il, the good guys are polling way ahead.


Nice.
 
2012-10-26 02:44:21 PM  

lennavan
I'm sorry, I can't hear you. And neither can anyone else.


and yet you keep responding somehow.
So you're incapable of even understanding your own words.

/nice effort, though
 
2012-10-26 02:44:25 PM  
I'm sure that if I wrote my vote on the back of $1,000,000 campaign contribution that it would actually count for something. But being poor, I could cast my ballot into a paper shredder and nothing would change.
 
2012-10-26 02:44:27 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.


And that right there is reason enough not to vote. So some douchenozzle who has no farking right pushing his views on others can get filled with self-righteous indignation. fark you right in your inflamed brown eye with a rusty cheese grater FlashHarry! It's not up to you to decide if I vote or not.
 
2012-10-26 02:45:21 PM  

midigod: I could give you quotes


Just for insano, here are a few. They're not all Founding Fathers, but the ones who aren't are still eminently qualified:

"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation ... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
- James Garfield

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
- Thomas Paine

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."
- Thomas Paine

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.
- Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to George Hammond, 1792

"We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts--not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
- Abraham Lincoln

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
- Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and 26th president (1858-1919)

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams

"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing."
- John Adams

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
- Samuel Adams

"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
- Samuel Adams

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
- Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816 

/peace out
 
2012-10-26 02:45:24 PM  

GanjSmokr: Honest Bender: ProfessorOhki: If you don't vote at all, you're still tossing it in the trash; same net.

Yes. That's exactly the point I was trying to make. That the difference between voting and not voting is the same as leaving a piece of trash in the trash can vs. picking it up and selecting a different trash can to put it in.

But apparently I have a civic duty to select which trash can my trash should be put into. Regardless of the fact that it's all going to the landfill.

You keep leaving out / ignoring / dismissing the fact that if Gary Johnson gets enough "throw away" votes, it changes the game next presidential election. It's NOT the same trash can. In the Gary Johnson trash can, there's a chance it's going to make some change.  There's a chance you might actually get a "choice" next presidential election if enough of us do this.


Yep. It's not like we only have two Presidential candidates. On my ballot, I counted eight different sets of Presidential & Vice-Presidential candidates. Vote for one whose values you support. If you think "voting for someone that is going to lose anyway" somehow equals "throwing away your vote", you don't really understand the electoral process - sure, your guy won't win, but the point is to ensure that your guy, or your party, or your set of values, morals, and/or ethics remain represented in future elections, too.

If you're not voting at all, you're undermining the electoral process. You don't care who represents you.
 
2012-10-26 02:45:29 PM  
I'll go out and vote when my ballot matters as much as one from Ohio or Florida, and not a day sooner.

I don't care about our throw-away third party, and Johnson's ideas don't particularly impress me anyways. I don't plan on living here much longer so the local stuff isn't relevant to me either.
 
2012-10-26 02:46:07 PM  
To hear of women of all people not voting pisses me right the hell off. Do you know the violence women in this country suffered for decades in order to vote? Do you know in how many countries on the earth this day would kill a woman rather than let her vote? Historically women have been told you don't have the mind to vote because of your vagina. What the hell is wrong with you non-voters? I don't care who the hell you vote for, but if you have a vagina and don't vote then you support everyone that does violence to women.

/not all that much of an exaggeration.
 
2012-10-26 02:46:46 PM  

Nutsac_Jim: lennavan: directly addressing the number one reason for bankruptcy,

Really? Uninsured people were the number one reason for bankruptcy?

Maybe you can show us a link to a webpage that backs up this assertion.


Well. Medical expenses were the #1 cause for bankruptcy in the US

"but a new study done by Harvard University suggests that more than 62% of all personal bankruptcies are caused by the cost of over-whelming medical expenses."

http://www.giveforward.com/blog/medical-expenses-top-cause-of-bankrup t cy-in-the-united-states
 
2012-10-26 02:47:22 PM  
There are better things I can do with my time like serve in a soup kitchen, work for habitat for humanity, help a friend going through a divorce, oh and research the procedure for opening a grand cayman bank account and investment company.

I have read alot of these comments, and comments by others, but nobody has managed to convince me how becoming informed (the real time commitment) or even standing in line for a day just to fill out more paperwork is a good use of my time.

Almost every single benefit I get from government is from the state. The only federal benefit I know of that I benefit from is the military. And before anybody says anything, I consider social security a tax. I am not counting on it for shiat.
 
2012-10-26 02:47:29 PM  

Nutsac_Jim: lennavan: directly addressing the number one reason for bankruptcy,

Really? Uninsured people were the number one reason for bankruptcy?

Maybe you can show us a link to a webpage that backs up this assertion.


I didn't say uninsured people. I said health insurance, see for instance preexisting conditions and lifetime benefit caps. Insured people go bankrupt because of their health insurance too.

1. Medical Expenses

A study done at Harvard University indicates that this is the biggest cause of bankruptcy, representing 62% of all personal bankruptcies. One of the interesting caveats of this study shows that 78% of filers had some form of health insurance, thus bucking the myth that medical bills affect only the uninsured.


Link

You can google "united states reason for bankruptcy" if you would like a different reference.
 
2012-10-26 02:49:30 PM  
I approve of Katy Perry in a short, tight-ish dress.
 
2012-10-26 02:50:04 PM  

Jon iz teh kewl: Kittahinaborx: GanjSmokr: moefuggenbrew: Hey, who do I vote for if I want legal weed?

If you're serious, you should do research on it.

I'll give you a hint who NOT to vote for it you want legal weed, Romney/Obama.

Roseanne Barr (Yes, THAT Roseanne Barr *from TV* ) is on the list of presidential candidates this time around and I know she is for legalizing weed. So far thats the only one I know of.

who's she running with MC Hammer??


Nope, according to the sample ballot I got sent she is running with Cindy Sheehan. Besides MC Hammer (Pants) would be way too religious for her (I think he is now a preacher last I checked). She is kind of hippyish and living on a farm in Hawaii selling nuts. They'd clash big time and we have fights in the White House, hmmm come to think about it that'd be entertaining.
 
2012-10-26 02:50:12 PM  

Nutsac_Jim: lennavan: 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

Lennmeister. 78% of people filing for bankruptcy had medical insurance.


Nutface, it's up there in bold for you to re-read. I said health insurance was the number one reason. That includes not having health insurance as well as having health insurance that doesn't cover enough.
 
2012-10-26 02:50:31 PM  

Kittahinaborx: Jon iz teh kewl: Kittahinaborx: GanjSmokr: moefuggenbrew: Hey, who do I vote for if I want legal weed?

If you're serious, you should do research on it.

I'll give you a hint who NOT to vote for it you want legal weed, Romney/Obama.

Roseanne Barr (Yes, THAT Roseanne Barr *from TV* ) is on the list of presidential candidates this time around and I know she is for legalizing weed. So far thats the only one I know of.

who's she running with MC Hammer??

Nope, according to the sample ballot I got sent she is running with Cindy Sheehan. Besides MC Hammer (Pants) would be way too religious for her (I think he is now a preacher last I checked). She is kind of hippyish and living on a farm in Hawaii selling nuts. They'd clash big time and we have fights in the White House, hmmm come to think about it that'd be entertaining.


but.. Hammertime
 
2012-10-26 02:50:44 PM  
Joseph Stalin ... the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
 
2012-10-26 02:51:11 PM  

OnlyM3: Warlordtrooper

rumpelstiltskin: Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.

Actually voting is a constitutionally protected right.

Care to quote the Article and Section that appears in?


15th, 19th, 26th, amendments all protect the right to vote. Most rights only need one amendment. The right to vote has 3. You can argue a few others also are involved in the right to vote but these three are the most direct.
 
2012-10-26 02:53:47 PM  

lennavan: Nutsac_Jim: lennavan: directly addressing the number one reason for bankruptcy,

Really? Uninsured people were the number one reason for bankruptcy?

Maybe you can show us a link to a webpage that backs up this assertion.

I didn't say uninsured people. I said health insurance, see for instance preexisting conditions and lifetime benefit caps. Insured people go bankrupt because of their health insurance too.

1. Medical Expenses

A study done at Harvard University indicates that this is the biggest cause of bankruptcy, representing 62% of all personal bankruptcies. One of the interesting caveats of this study shows that 78% of filers had some form of health insurance, thus bucking the myth that medical bills affect only the uninsured.

Link

You can google "united states reason for bankruptcy" if you would like a different reference.


Ummm this means nothing. "Some form of health insurance" doesn't mean that they didn't go bankrupt for medical reasons. Most people have garbage health insurance plans won't cover them in a variety of situations, still causing them to go bankrupt.

Correlation != Causation
 
2012-10-26 02:54:55 PM  
I usually don't vote in Presidential elections, because my vote literally does not count. I live in a massively liberal state, and even is 50,000 more like me voted, it would not make a difference. Vermont.

Think about CA, millions of peoples' vote does not count at all. Electoral college really needs to go.
 
2012-10-26 02:55:10 PM  

midigod: midigod: I could give you quotes

Just for insano, here are a few. They're not all Founding Fathers, but the ones who aren't are still eminently qualified:

"Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation ... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
- James Garfield

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
- Thomas Paine

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government."
- Thomas Paine

A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.
- Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third U.S. president (1743-1826), in a letter to George Hammond, 1792

"We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts--not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
- Abraham Lincoln

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
- Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and 26th president (1858-1919)

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams

"The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing."
- John Adams

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, th ...


I agree with all of those, and yet don't vote.
 
2012-10-26 02:55:14 PM  
Congressional races people! Congress actually has a bigger impact on your life than the President.

Living in indiana, my vote for president is meaningless. However, the senate and house races will be close.

The fact that only about half as many people vote in midterm elections is proof to me most people don't have a farking clue how their government works.
 
2012-10-26 02:56:16 PM  
not voting.

No party in this election is going to do anything to make my life any better. As a matter of fact, since most of the country seems to think that Americans living oversees are basically tax dodgers, neither party ever will.

Neither party will fix the fatca or fbar laws, and neither is going to force any US student loan lender to start accepting payments from foreign bank accounts. (one company seriously told me to send them money via Western Union)

Neither party is going to do anything about the US visa process.

And, no I don't care one iota about the local elections that would be on my ballot.

4 years ago, I left those blank as it was.
 
2012-10-26 02:56:48 PM  
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2012-10-26 02:57:02 PM  

DECMATH: God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.

Okay I'll bite with this link to http://www.isidewith.com/. Hope they can keep up with the traffic.


that's awesome. You mean I can go go a website and tell them what I think, that way the appropriate politician can have targetted google ads sent to every page i view, asking for money?
 
2012-10-26 02:57:08 PM  
I'm not voting due to fear of being mugged by picketers
 
2012-10-26 02:57:40 PM  
I've never voted and in all likelihood, I never will. Why? Because in order for me to vote for someone, we have to share 100% of the same values, ideals, and opinions on EVERYTHING. I'm not about to give my vote to someone simply because I disagree with him or her less than the other guy.
 
2012-10-26 02:57:55 PM  
The choices aren't good enough to make me wanna
make my name and new address available from the voter registration.
 
2012-10-26 02:58:38 PM  
So, let's sum up.

Between the electoral college, gerrymandering, the two-party system that supports both, media companies that have ideological agendas in their reporting, voters who only think 1 or 2 issues are important, parties that appeal to their "base" by spouting off the most inane misinformation/insanity, and a system of primaries that ensures only certain kinds of candidates even end up in the main election, I am still supposed to be pleased that I live in a country where I can "vote," nevermind the lack if real impact it would have in my district and state.

So, if I don't vote I'm supposed to endure the insults of those who do choose to participate in the existing system (whose problems I outlined above) by voting for either Democrats or Republicans when neither party wants to correct the problems. And I'm supposed to endure the ridicule of those who vote for third-party candidates when that just skews election results towards either Republicans or Democrats, rather than accomplishing any real change.

In short, I am supposed to participate in the coming election by going to a poll and voting for the incumbents of the party that dominates my gerrymandered district because they mostly ran unopposed in their primary. I can vote for the opposition party, but since my district is drawn with scientific precision, the opposition party in my district has about $5 in funding an will earn a whopping 17% of the vote. Not only will that not make a difference, the system is set up so that the incumbents don't even have to worry about what a significant portion of their constituents think. Since the party leadership controls, to a great degree, who can even run or get support during primaries, it's not like I can vote in the primaries to get a candidate I like. Unopposed incumbents give me no real choice. And when it comes to the presidential election, I'm supposed to obediently march to the polls and vote for someone, even though my state will go for Romney. It doesn't matter if I am a die-hard Republican because enough Republicans will vote to ensure that Romney gets 100% credit for the state. It doesn't matter if I'm a Democrat because Romney will still get 100% credit for the state. Hell, I could be officially a Libertarian or Green, and it still won't matter because winner takes all. 

I see all those pictures of brave people trying to vote despite roadblocks in their path. I salute those brave souls. But you know what? I don't feel any guilt about not voting on election day, as I haven't for the past 10 years. Because I know, deep down inside, that at least I don't participate in a system that pretends to give people a choice when, in fact, it does nothing of the sort. It's not that Democrats and Republicans are the same (in many ways they are not), it's that they both hold on to political power using the same tools, tools which are designed to reduce the impact of my vote, not enhance it.

So, if you self-righteous "I'm disgusted at you because you don't vote" types want to feel that way, knock yourselves out. But I'll be sitting at home with a smug smile on my face because I'll know that I may not have voted, but at least I did not participate in the facade of representative government and help lend it legitimacy. If you bothered to vote in gerrymandered districts or states that are not swing states, congratulations. You helped lend legitimacy to a system that does not really represent the people. Still feel so smug?

You folks in swing states can at least have some impact, so knock yourselves out. And if you live in a real district, please vote. But for the 75% of us stuck in bullshiat districts and winner-take all states, spare us your sanctimonious "you don't vote because you're stupid" remarks. No, I don't vote because my money and time would be better spent sending a check to a PAC that can buy advertising in a swing state, you ass.
 
2012-10-26 02:58:44 PM  

Nutsac_Jim: DECMATH: God Is My Co-Pirate: 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.

Okay I'll bite with this link to http://www.isidewith.com/. Hope they can keep up with the traffic.

that's awesome. You mean I can go go a website and tell them what I think, that way the appropriate politician can have targetted google ads sent to every page i view, asking for money?


OR you could go to that website, tell them what you think, find out who you actually agree with in terms of issues, and use Adblock.
 
2012-10-26 02:58:45 PM  
I especially like this one,

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
- Thomas Paine

because, my lack of time or energy to vote is in large part to the significant effort I spend preserving my freedom to enjoy the fruits of my labor against the government trying to tax it all away.