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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 12:31:28 PM  
6 votes:
I'm voting for turd sandwich this time.
2012-10-26 12:48:23 PM  
5 votes:
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2012-10-26 12:34:46 PM  
4 votes:
Meh, the electoral college will do it for me.
2012-10-26 10:11:36 AM  
4 votes:
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 12:51:10 PM  
3 votes:

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 12:38:35 PM  
3 votes:

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 12:37:48 PM  
3 votes:
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.

2012-10-26 12:32:30 PM  
3 votes:
Alabamian voting for Obama.

I might as well throw my vote away.
2012-10-26 12:31:39 PM  
3 votes:
I'm in Texas. Is that enough of an excuse to stay home?

/And monkeys might fly out of my ass.
2012-10-26 02:56:48 PM  
2 votes:
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2012-10-26 01:23:01 PM  
2 votes:
Hey, who do I vote for if I want legal weed?
2012-10-26 01:14:04 PM  
2 votes:

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 12:59:09 PM  
2 votes:

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 12:39:22 PM  
2 votes:
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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 12:34:04 PM  
2 votes:

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?

2012-10-26 10:34:48 PM  
1 vote:
Citizen#1 to citizen#2: You know the two worst things regarding politics is ignorance and apathy; so what do you think we should do about it?

Citizen#2: I dont know and I dont care.
2012-10-26 04:59:13 PM  
1 vote:

You have two options: One is an oligarch-lover who is pro-war, anti-environment, anti-worker, will do nothing to stop Wall Street's domination, and will cut social security and medicare/medicade. The other one is Mitt Romney.

A vote for any politician is a vote for the system.
2012-10-26 04:31:32 PM  
1 vote:

thurstonxhowell: MrBonestripper: Government by fiat of the lowest common denominator seems dumb to me, and I've no interest in participating in the problem when I could be trying to think of a solution instead.

Drinking and masturbating are not the same as thinking of a solution.

Perhaps not, but at the end of the day, when I'm done playing with my lever, I'll have something good to show for it, and that puts me in a much better solution-finding frame of mind.
2012-10-26 03:59:44 PM  
1 vote:
I usually feel a nanosecond or so of guilt, like when you step on a beneficial insect, for being on the other side of the country hunting on election day, even though I usually do is vote to fire every judge on the ballot. But this year...not so much. It was different when we were trying to save the world from the EPA or that Brady coont, but now I have to get emissions inspections on my vehicles IN TEXAS. There is nothing left to fight for any longer.
2012-10-26 03:35:39 PM  
1 vote:

wildcardjack: I'm in Texas. Is that enough of an excuse to stay home?

No, get out there and vote! Too many people seem to think Texas votes 99% Republican, but that's not the case. It's been edging closer to 50/50. In the 2008 general election, McCain got 55.45%, while Obama got 43.68%. The US Senatorial race went 54.82% Republican to 42.83% Dem. And there are plenty of areas in Texas that are solidly Democratic.

Texan Democrats DO have the power to close those gaps and turn Texas purple (or blue) if they'd just get out there and vote instead of staying home and whining that "Oh, Texas is a red state so my vote doesn't count."  Go out there and kick some elephant ass!
2012-10-26 03:21:56 PM  
1 vote:
Let me translate:

Hollywood-type-person "OMG, You HAVE to vote!!!"

Translation: "OMG, You have to vote, for Obama!"
2012-10-26 03:18:01 PM  
1 vote:
Let me preface this by addressing everyone that parades war veterans around as vote guilt trips: Go fark yourselves with rusty light sabers. I've spent the last 9 months of my life in this shiathole they call Afghanistan "earning" my right to vote or not. That said... begin manifesto:

I'm not against voting per se, but I am against voting for people I don't actually want in power. And I will never feel bad for staying away because of that. So, unless there is someone on the ballot that I would legitimately like to see in power, I feel no duty to vote. Otherwise, I'm just empowering and lending legitimacy to a systematic and self-propagating turd farm of politicians who do more and more to erode my other rights and freedoms. Even if I vote for a lesser of two evils, I have still become a part of a statistic that now is used as justification for bad policy; "President X has a mandate to bomb the shiat out of Canada because 55% of the population voted for him." I won't be part of that 55%

I am also against encouraging people to vote just for the sake of voting. Intellectually and socially, it pats people on the ass for simply "letting their voice be heard" no matter how out of tune and terrible their voice is. It's like giving everyone on Little Bobby's soccer team a participation trophy, even though they spent the entire game eating grass and chasing butterflies while the other team scored 50 goals, kicked Bobby's puppy, and got to third base with Bobby's mother's too for good measure. The simple act of voting is not noble (nor ignoble); it is not to be commended (or scorned) any more than eating a bowl of froot loops for breakfast. HOW you vote is the measure of your accomplishment of your civic duty.

I guess if someone has taken the time to carefully sift through the layers of horseshiat and actually believes that the D or R nominees are really someone they WANT in power (vice doing it to prevent the other guy from winning), fine. By all means, go and vote for them. But I don't really believe that happens much. I think people, by and large, are peer pressured into voting against the other guy, and branded as "bad citizens" if they even consider not voting (and idiots "wasting their votes" if they go third party - what hypocrisy).

Herding the masses into voting booths, rewarding them with a "good for YOU!" and plastering them with a patronizing patriotic "I Voted Today, assuage my feelings of civic ignorance and insecurity and tell me how awesome I am" sticker is ridiculous. The political practical ramifications are that it pushes massively uninformed people into the arms of the two major political parties and ideologies which are bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Now people are hooked into voting themselves plunder from the treasury, worrying about BIRF CERTIFIKITS!, calling the other guy a Nazi because his tax policy is slightly different, etc.

Suddenly, people have turned civic involvement into the NFL. MY TEAM must win. I voted for the R so EVERYTHING the Rs do is now right, and they must win or America will explode. Never mind that 90% of what your "team" tells you is unfiltered bullshiat designed to dog whistle you with buzz words into pulling the voting lever and opening your wallet on command. The cycle continues, the Party grows and mutates, and wealth and power continue to consolidate thanks to Joseph McVoteypants's Pavlovian obedience to "make his voice heard."

Meanwhile, Bobby's soccer team still sucks yet he's still got his participation trophy. Not even attempting to be subtle, the Ds and Rs are gang-banging his mother and stealing his lunch money. But who cares? The important thing is that his voice was heard. He did his duty, right?

I need a blog.
//it will suck
2012-10-26 03:06:36 PM  
1 vote:

Nutsac_Jim: 4 out of 5 people with medical bankruptcies had insurance. So, not much was really done.

Why did those people with insurance go bankrupt?

• Denied claims as "pre-existing conditions."
• Lifetime maximums.
• Maximizing profits, every denied claim goes directly to increasing profits.

What was done?

• No more pre-existing conditions.
• No more lifetime maximums.
• Cap on the profits.

Yeah, actually some stuff was done.

Recall, I did not post "Obama completely solved the number one reason for bankruptcy." I did not say "Obama eliminated the number one reason for bankruptcy." I said "Obama addressed the number one reason for bankruptcy."

At this point we have established:

1) Health insurance was the number one reason for bankruptcy.
2) Yes, Obamacare did address it.

I accept your apology.
2012-10-26 02:59:13 PM  
1 vote:

gadian: 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.

Who gives a fark what other people fought for? They fought for something THEY cared about. I didn't ask them too. People have suffered violence for standing up for gay rights. Does that mean I'm obligated to go out and have homo sex, since someone else fought for that right?
2012-10-26 02:32:25 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:50:51 PM  
1 vote:

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'll be sleeping in
2012-10-26 01:45:05 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:32:51 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:17:47 PM  
1 vote:

shkkmo: darwinpolice: umad: turd sand

That's racist.

that's ignorant.

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2012-10-26 01:07:46 PM  
1 vote:

beer4breakfast: George Carlin doesn't vote


no shiat, he's dead

2012-10-26 12:46:20 PM  
1 vote:
FlashHarry: shiat like this just makes my blood farking boil. what farking arrogance. what farking laziness. what farking entitlement. when millions live under oppressive dictatorship around the world, to not exercise your sacred right of suffrage is just farking disgusting.

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

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

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

In short

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// roughly half of the people in my state don't vote
2012-10-26 12:46:11 PM  
1 vote:
Do we really feel like we have a choice in something other than how we will be screwed??
2012-10-26 12:43:29 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:41:08 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:40:12 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:39:11 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:37:58 PM  
1 vote:
Think you vote matters, just ask an economist.

I still vote and I know it's futile.
2012-10-26 12:37:28 PM  
1 vote:
I'm still not sure whether I'm going to vote for the black Bush or the with Bush.
2012-10-26 12:36:23 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:35:20 PM  
1 vote:
I don't vote because I refuse to take part in a morally bankrupt sham.
2012-10-26 12:35:14 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:34:17 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, so you think voting actually matters?

Let me laugh even harder.
2012-10-26 12:33:49 PM  
1 vote:
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 10:20:39 AM  
1 vote:
Voting is a responsiblilty in a democracy, not a right.
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