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Writer's Block: Voting

What criteria can voters use to make sure their ideology is actually supported by the candidates and propositions they vote for? How can we view the real world effects of our votes?
... Dude.

The fucking research is out there! On both candidates! Even those that don't matter! Do the fucking research! Look into voting histories! It's THERE!

Stop paying attention to network news, and stop voting for someone just because you wouldn't mind having a beer with them. I'm sure Sarah Palin is a wonderful person to have over for a casual dinner, and she has a wonderful family, but anyone voting for her for those reasons - or voting against someone for any reason other than issues (whether it's Obama's "elitism" or disgust at a former soldier in McCain) is a retard, and shouldn't be allowed to vote.

It's disturbing that I have as much right to vote for someone as someone that would vote for someone because they "identify" with them. Their votes should count half, I swear to Joe Pesci.

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aitherion
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
...Nader's running again? Christ, will the man ever give up?
shotglass
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
stop voting for someone just because you wouldn't mind having a beer with them.

Exactly! I love my best friend an awful lot, but I'd never vote her into office if I ever given the chance. She'd be a terrible leader. People these days tend to vote too much on that "he/she gives me such a warm, fuzzy feeling!" idea.
superbus
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Palin might be a good person to go hunting with, but after hearing her Charles Gibson and Katie Couric interviews (they've been severely overshadowed by the financial crisis, as well as Debategate), I don't want her running a fucking FRUIT STAND, much less being a heartbeat away from being the fucking President!
shotglass
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to look those up... as it is, I'm pretty sure that it'd take a miracle to make me vote McCain, but I still want to know just how quickly to move to Canada if he and Palin win.

[edit] My god. I love how much nothing she says.

Edited at 2008-09-26 11:31 pm (UTC)
willfor_iv
Sep. 27th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
Not exactly the smartest plan if it is only motivated by political issues, because the Conservative party is poised to win our national election about a month before yours finishes up. Which means our government will have been in full swing long enough to make things uncomfortable for people opposed to those sorts of things.

Though, Stephan Harper is not nearly as bad as politicians get down there, he is still opposed to many liberal concepts. It's sort of the opposite problem: He is not a puppet of people pulling strings in the background, he is a man holding a party of people who seem destined to make inappropriate comments together. Having the smartest man (or woman, we do have one running now) on top is definitely something Canadians have done well, regardless of political orientation. Except the Liberals.

If you do plan on staying in Canada, I recommend familiarising yourself with our politics.
superbus
Sep. 27th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Do you honestly believe anyone that's going to RUN TO CANADA OH MY FUCKING GOD I CAN SEE POUTINE FOREVER~ if the Republicans win actually has a fucking clue what's going on up there? :')

Besides, once the Conservatives win again, it's going to be that much harder to emigrate to Canada anyway. XD
willfor_iv
Sep. 27th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
I just like hyping the Canadian election. The American election makes the national news up here. I am not sure if the same thing can be said of our election down there.

I am hoping, slowly but surely, the multiparty system will rub off on the people down there by slow osmosis. Even though, in legal terms, you guys already have one. You guys really need to start using it.
superbus
Sep. 27th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm watching the debates on BBC. What does that tell you?

It will not rub off. In my own home state, Bob Barr - my candidate from the Libertarian party (though maybe I should rethink that, considering the fact that my party is based on total deregulation...) - is not on the ballot in Connecticut. Not on the ballot! Not enough signatures! Granted, this is a LIBERAL state, but not enough signatures? I have to write-in my candidate?
yubsie
Sep. 27th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
That you have a thing for British accents? :p
samuraiter
Sep. 27th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
All it takes is picking up a book – and I mean a real book, not smearfests like Obama-nation and The Real John McCain. (The fact that those, along with Ann Coulter's complete wastes of paper, are bestsellers at my store is a little distressing.) If people'd read and not simply listen to the TV, they'd automatically be better informed.

Hell, they could even better themselves just by picking up a magazine. ... Especially if it's not printed in the U.S.
popo_licious
Sep. 27th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
"...stop voting for someone just because you wouldn't mind having a beer with them..."

This statement pretty much sums up my entire age group, unfortunately. D:

I really wish McCain would have chosen a different running mate--Sarah Palin is way too extreme for my tastes, and I find it unusual that she opposes McCain on a lot of seemingly key issues. (Social security, immigration, etc.) Next time a candidate tries to win over the voting female population, they might consider choosing a vice president that said population can relate to. If anything, her being on the ballot is a huge turn-off for me. -____-;
classypink
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Yea I don't know you, but A-FUCKING-MEN!
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