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November 3, 2014

It is not that my vote counts or that I really care who wins.

That’s not my fault. Forces beyond my control have made my citizenship worthless.
What I can control is how I discharge my duties and obligations. That means I’ll probably stop at my polling place in the morning and cast my ballot. The choices may be awful and I may hate having to vote for any of them, but at least I will have done my duty. My country may not care much for me and citizenship may mean nothing, but I still can be a good citizen. At least I’ll have that.
Ivy Day in the Committee Room at The Z Blog

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 3, 2014 10:36 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Being a good citizen is the last thing on this retards mind.

Clue: Harm no one.
When you learn that one, come see me and I'll give you lesson 2 on "How to be a Good Citizen 101".

Is it any wonder this country is doomed?
The ship has taken on too much ballast, it must sink!

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2014 7:33 AM

Yeah, vote. But no matter how distasteful everything on the ballot is, do your homework first and select the least worst of the candidates from your point of view. Don't go in uninformed and pick out the names you recognize, or the prettiest sounding names, or the names on some sample ballot someone handed you on the way in. That's probably a big part of how we got into this mess in the first place. Self destruction of our present system may take a helluva lot longer than you think.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2014 7:37 AM

I vote as a way of flipping the bird. I know that Philly and Pittsburgh will dredge up the dead and alien and every pet cemetery to cancel my vote, but I'm voting with my middle finger. There will come a time when the ballot will have to be replaced by the bullet.

Posted by: Mother Effingby [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2014 8:23 AM

It isn't the lesser of two evils any more; it's the evil of two lessers we have running for office.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2014 8:49 AM

That's really all its come down to for me. I believe the republic is finished, and we're just watching its last gasping breaths. How I vote, who wins, and what politicians do only changes the details, not the inevitable result.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2014 9:03 AM

"Said one among them, 'Surely not in vain my substance of the common Earth was ta'en,
And to this figure molded, to be broke, or trampled back to shapeless Earth again.'"
--- Omar Khayyam.
By those who of Freedom have no ken.
--- Footnoter to Omar


Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2014 11:43 AM

Only God knows what will replace this current unsustainable mess; socialist dictatorship, a blood-birthed new Republic or Chinese receivership.

The way I look at it is that there is nothing wrong with voting per se, its the amateur and criminal tinkering that we have allowed to warp the rude but workable machine we inherited that's the problem.
"Pure Democracy" bleah! First SOB that said that and wasn't hung was our first mistake. A lot of people shouldn't be allowed to vote. When I was 18 I couldn't vote, I think the nation was better for that. Today in the People's Republic they can vote at 18 and are talking about moving that down to 16. Listen, the day Justin Beaver (yeah I know that not how its spelled) goes bankrupt we can think about it.

People who get most of the money they live on from the government and that money comes from the other people who don't, shouldn't be able to vote more money out of someone else's pocket and into theirs.

Felons. Why do we need to even talk about this? Melowese Richardson is voting today (if we've real lucky, only once), if I have to explain who she is then you have not been paying attention. In Ohio felons can vote as soon as the jailhouse door hits them on the ass. While on probation, no problem. What did surprise me was to find out that it takes TWO convictions for felonious election criminality before anyone is banned in the state of Ohio from voting. TWO!!! I'm certainly glad to hear that voter fraud is a right-wing myth, otherwise I'd be worried.

So vote, no, it very likely won't do any good today. But like penmanship, blacksmithing or boring Heterosexual marriage it might come back in style someday and someone needs to keep it alive.

Posted by: Onthenorthriver [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 4, 2014 1:59 PM

Pity me. I had to vote for Lindsey Graham.

As I explained to others, I voted to put brakemen on the handbasket. The destination still seems to be the same.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2014 5:52 AM

Joan of Argghh! No you didn't have to vote for that fool. There was a Libertarian on the ticket. L wouldn't vote for Graham at gun point.

If one doesn't vote for other party candidates, they don't get a large enough percentage to get a line on the ballot in some states. Why keep voting for the same two parties when they're the root cause of the problem.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2014 6:53 AM

Until people stop voting for the party based on some idea of stopping the other guys, we'll never clear out the career politicians and the eternal incumbents.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2014 7:47 AM

Oh believe me, I wanted to vote for T Ravenel just to have some fun.

A brakeman on the handbasket. Everything else has to come from the culture itself. And I'm not deluded about the upcoming culture that will eventually make all our convos about voting rather moot.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 5, 2014 4:24 PM

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