10 November 2006

Election Day

Vote today.  Vote vote vote.

 

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If you don’t like the way things are running, chances are that there is an election that affects whatever it is you have an issue with.

 

If you do like how things are going, show your support by voting for those who help the issues you like.

 

If you think your vote doesn’t matter, consider this:

Sure, in presidential elections, your vote is filtered by the electoral college middle-man, meaning that your vote may count for less than someone’s vote in a small state, or not at all if you are in a clear minority in your state, as most states commit their electoral college votes en masse.  HOWEVER, these elections are direct – no middle-man.  Besides, the only way for the president to execute policy effectively is with Congress.  You can significantly affect policy with votes on off years like this, especially in a year like this where things are tight.

 

Besides, you might think that you have little say in presidential candidates, but consider – presidential candidates have to come from somewhere, and how they perform during the lower level elections greatly determines who ends up running for the big office.  Help decide now who will run in two year.

 

Just VOTE dammit.

 

It is the only way democracy works.

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2 Comments:

At 11/12/2006, Blogger Vigilis said...

PBS, we heard someone using your name had voted, but you had not blogged here for so long we figured it might just be another instance of ID theft.

 
At 11/17/2006, Blogger SonarMan said...

The only thing between us and tyranny is our votes. Here are some quotations that remind us why:

"If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves? If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making?" ---Herbert Spencer

"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same." ---Stendhal

"Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." ---Frederick Douglass

"The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." ---Edmund Burke

 

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