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Americans... vote.

It doesn't matter who you vote for. McCain, Obama, Barr, Nader, fuck, write in a vote for Mickey Mouse, Arnold Schwarzenegger, myself or anyone else that will never be allowed to become President of the United States... vote. Show the world that we actually care about our democracy. 60% was the total voter turnout last year, and we considered that a success. It SHOULD be that anything under 90% is a FAILURE.

You should have no excuse. If your job gives you shit, go @ lunch. IF your family gives you shit, find a way to get to the polls. But VOTE. And take note of your local politics, too; remember, they really affect YOUR life more than the Presidency.

For everyone's information, where I stand:

PRESIDENT: BARACK OBAMA - I am not an Obamamaniac. I just think he, of our candidates, has the best CHANCE to be a great President. I cannot say that about someone who's made some of the decisions of John McCain, and if it came to it, I never, ever want Sarah Palin near any elected office I can control, much less the Presidency. It's time to get the Republicans - the people that have destroyed conservatism - out.

CONNECTICUT 5th DISTRICT HOUSE OF REPRESENATIVES: ROSA DeLAURO - I wish I moved to Derby a month earlier; then, I'd vote for Chris Shays, who needs all the help he can get against that opportunistic scumbag Hines. DeLauro could take 80% of her vote.

CONNECTICUT 21st STATE SENATE: JANICE ANDERSON - I will never, ever, EVER vote for a man who voted to deny emergency contraception to rape victims. I have very few full-kill issues, but that's one of them.

CONNECTICUT 105th STATE REPRESENATIVE: THERESA CONROY - Neither candidate holds office, but Theresa Conroy seems to have a more stable plan for the Valley (though I want to ask her how she's going to revitalize our downtowns; if that just means sticking more chain stores around here, no thanks), as well as better organization. Furthermore, she has run a cleaner campaign; Koskelowski woke me up at 9:30 Saturday morning with an automated call, just to tell us that it's time to kick Democrats out of the CT House. Fuck you, I don't play that kind of pool.

EDIT: Just for giggles, two things I can't vote on:

AMMENDMENT 2 (FLORIDA) AND PROPOSITION 8 (CALIFORNIA) - NO ON BOTH - I believe that "marriage", as it's known, is a religious ritual, and therefore should be seen as religions see it.

... But. What is happening around the country is NOT just the clarification of the language. It is a full-out assault on homosexuals by hyper Christians who are using fire-and-brimstone fear to beat people into seeing their views, and since they're speaking for God in their insane minds, they are not liable to compromise. 27 states - out of 50! - have banned gay marriage outright, and don't even recognize civil unions. That means these people that love each other very much cannot enjoy the LEGAL benefits given to straight couples. Again, this isn't just about a name; there are LEGAL RIGHTS at stake.

And for what? Because Christians want to continue to abuse gay people? Because they don't want to have to answer questions from their children? Because of Sodom and fucking Gramora? The problem I see is that these people are not happy with defining marriage; they want to persecute and punish gay people. They want to run them out of the country. And they want to do it with the hammer of democracy, knowing people are scared little sheep. It's humiliating that we, as a country, cannot get past that, and it's really humiliating that people think they need to tell other people what to do in the privacy of their own homes.

What is the worry? That children are going to think that being gay is a cool thing to do? Right, because all the gay people I know can just turn it on and off like a switch. "Oh, I like cock now!" (Obviously, this excludes the bisexuals... I don't have any idea how you people work. Is this something you decide with a coin flip in the morning? "It feels like a vagina day!"). Is it to protect the "sanctity" of marriage? Right, with an estimated 35-40% of marriages ending in divorce, and most of those being among Christian conservatives (Barna Research Group, 1999), and people getting married by Elvis impersonators on a fucking whim, right, marriage is fucking sacred, sure.

Fact: There is nothing bad that can come from other people being allowed to marry. Not one thing. Unless, of course, people decide to make things up in their heads, or they decide to draw some seriously skewed conclusions... and most of those things are based around a few descriptors: Fear. Ignorance. Hate.

There is no reason to make legislation like this. Either allow gay marriage, or give full legal and financial rights to civil unions. Anything past that is purely hatemongering by the Religious Right... the same Religious Right that is forcing me to vote for Barack Obama this year.

Comments

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dmajohnson
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
"But my vote doesn't change anything! The person I vote for might not get elected!"

I swear, I'm going to kill the next person who says that. -_-
superbus
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
And then what happens? Does the winning candidate get to cleanse out the nonbelievers or something?

I wish we could ask the people in Zimbabwe if they would like to have our electoral system.
dmajohnson
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
It happens every election year. People--especially first time voters--have this wierd notion in their minds that their vote will single-handidly turn the tide for their canidate somehow.

People! That's not what voting is about. -_-

This is compounded by the fact that people also have this wierd notion that America is some electorial monarchy where the president wields absolute power. "Congress? What's a congress?" "Bah--I don't care about my state representative. They don't do anything important anyway."

It's quite sad when you think about it. :(
samuraiter
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
"Bah--I don't care about my state representative. They don't do anything important anyway."

(I should point out that Jean Schmidt really doesn't do anything important. Even her fellow Republicans think she's a complete waste of space. I'll not be sorry to see her go.)
vyctori
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Just...amen to everything you wrote about equal marriage. Seriously.

(Obviously, this excludes the bisexuals... I don't have any idea how you people work. Is this something you decide with a coin flip in the morning? "It feels like a vagina day!")

Basically, every day is vagina and cock day! :D
superbus
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
"What an awful thing it must be to be bisexual... could you imagine wanting to fuck everybody you meet? Think of all the phone numbers you'd accumulate! You might as well walk around with the white pages under your arm!" - George Carlin
vyctori
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
XDD!
aitherion
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
(Obviously, this excludes the bisexuals... I don't have any idea how you people work. Is this something you decide with a coin flip in the morning? "It feels like a vagina day!")

That may be the absolute funniest thing I've seen you say in a serious post ever. Srsly.
otosaretatenshi
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
I seriously want to smack the person who came up with amendment 2.
kyuusei
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
I once thought I was bisexual.. but my attraction to men wins out WAY too often for me to really call myself that. XD

Obama, yes. What you said about Palin, also yes. The thought of her as VP scares me more than McCain as President... which still scares me. XD
hinata19
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC)
Mom claims that if Obama is elected, the economy will crash because he's going to raise taxes. Poking around, I can't find anything saying that he plans on raising them across the board. *scratches head* o_0

And yeah, agreed on McCain/Palin and granting legal rights to gay couples.
superbus
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
Normally, I would argue that she's got a basic point. BASIC, but she would have a point.

See, it's not just the income tax, or what you and I pay out of pocket. There's more things to tax. How about a sin tax on things like cigarettes, alcohol, brothels (in Nevada), etc.? What about a corporate profit windfall tax, specifically aimed at oil companies? Or a tax on companies that have X amount of jobs outsourced to other countries? Or increased export tariffs? There are plenty of ways to raise taxes without raising them on Joe the Plumber or Tito the Builder or Chris the Pretentious Cock.

The problem I see happening is, if taxes are raised on the corporate sector, they could very well respond by cutting massive amounts of jobs to "increase share price", or outsource more jobs as a result of it. The idea is to create more jobs, but I don't think that raising taxes is necessarily going to do that; if anything, it could have an adverse effect.

But on the other hand, we HAVE to raise taxes; there's really no choice. We have too much of a deficit, and China's buying too much of our debt; they're getting us by the balls, and no one seems to care because they're too busy worried that a few brown men are going to kill them.

I was thinking something this morning about Neo-Conservatism, as this is what's gotten us in trouble: if you tried to sell typical Neo-Con politics to most Americans, with no context or qualifying factors, it would fall on it's face; you might as well try to sell people into a monarchy or fascist dictatorship. But we've elected Neo-Cons the last two general elections, because that shit sandwich of Neo-Conservatism is always preceded by a few appetizers, such as blind patriotism, fear of unknown enemies, and culture wars ("those liberal elites"). It's just a matter of how stupid your average American is.

The past eight years, your average American has been a blithering retard.
bardiche
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
In Australia, if you don't vote, you get a fine - meaning, if you don't want to vote? Tough shit, buttercup, now hand over your moneys. Granted, it's not a perfect system - it doesn't catch the people who show up to the polling booths and completely garbage their vote by, say, writing "Homer Simpson" on the ballot, and I know people who have managed to not vote on the voting days and still haven't been fined for it.

Being Australian, you'd think I wouldn't give a flying fuck about American politics, but this has been an election to watch. Nevertheless, it is my full view that since people are living in a country that allows them to have a say in who should lead, they really should exercise their constitutional right.

Anyway, I don't know why I bring this up. Enough from me today.
burning_phoneix
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
No Islamist party? awwww. :(


Anyway, Just a quick check: Do you still want an R4?
samuraiter
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
(Obviously, this excludes the bisexuals... I don't have any idea how you people work. Is this something you decide with a coin flip in the morning? "It feels like a vagina day!")

Same way I decide my meals, 'Bus. Sometimes, I like pepper on my baked potato. Sometimes, I don't.

Of course, since I'm getting married to a woman, it's time to put the pepper back in the spice cabinet.
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