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Nov. 2nd, 2004

Hooray for voting your conscience.



Nov. 2nd, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, I didn't vote today.

Why? I'm of age, right? Well, it's because in DE, my vote would not have counted AT ALL, and American politics consists of mud-slinging between the Republican and Democratic party candidates (go to a local high school and ask about any of the other parties - not the candidates, just the parties, and see if ANYONE AT ALL knows that such parties did exist. Don't just do this with DE schools, but the schools around you.)

So I didn't bother registering this year and so I didn't vote.

(I know this is kinda random, but it kinda segues into the major-parties lines and how some people eschew them and all of that, I think.)
Nov. 2nd, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
It's a little late for me to say it now, but if you're so upset about the mudslinging between the democrats and republicans, then why don't you try to do something about it? I've said it before, but the only reason third parties don't have a chance is because people in general don't take them seriously. And if they don't start getting their numbers up, no one ever will. Everyone knows that Badnarik isn't going to win, but if third parties start to, and consistently get a sizable portion of the popular vote, then one day people might start taking them seriously. If people keep on waiting until the day when they stand some chance of winning, that day will never come.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
That's the worst kind of attitude to have. If you don't like the Democrats or the Republicans, find a party that you can support the platforms of, and vote for it. It doesn't matter that it won't win in this particular election. If you do nothing, nothing changes. Throw away the old conception that your vote doesn't matter, because if everyone felt that way, nothing would ever change. Remember, if third parties could never win, we'd still be picking between Whigs and Democrats.
Nov. 2nd, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that the Whigs and the Republicans?

Admittedly, they called themselves the Democratic Republicans back then, but still...
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:38 am (UTC)
The Democratic-Republicans became the Democrats; their first successful candidate was Jefferson. The Republicans were started by an anti-slavery group; their first winning candidate was Lincoln. Amazing how the parties have changed...
Nov. 5th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
A vote for nothing changes nothing. Deciding not to vote at all is essentially a vote for everything to stay the same. You've just expressed that you don't care for the current system, so wtf are you doing?

You've just given up your right to complain about the state of the US for the next four years.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)