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Please Vote (post #40375)

You all know how I feel about the political scene, but I don't want this to be a "paid political announcement."  I just want to urge everyone, regardless of their political persuasion, to vote.  It is very important, and it is one of those freedoms we should hold dear.  People have fought and died to preserve our right to vote, and it saddens me to see so many people who are too busy or "forget" to cast their ballot. 


Country bumpkins of the world...UNITE!

TracyK's picture

(post #40375, reply #1 of 54)

Great minds, MM... I was literally just popping in here to post something similar, inspired by something I just read on www.tomatonation.com (which is a hilarious site, btw):


Don't forget to vote, all y'all Americans -- and if you forgot to register for this year, do it now for next year. This announcement brought to you by The Department Of Don't ****** About The Government If You Didn't Go Pull The Lever.


What the caterpillar heralds as the end of the world,
the Master calls a butterfly.


--Richard Bach

KarenP's picture

(post #40375, reply #2 of 54)

  Yes, Vote!  And vote your beliefs--though hidden in the muck of how they word these things -- not by parties.  I'm as proud as I can be that Jesse Ventura, the independent that they tried to push aside was Minnesota's last governor.  Like him or not, I don't believe any other state has ever done this.   Our voices to count and they're quite a choir when they unite. 

Wolvie's picture

(post #40375, reply #3 of 54)

did my bit this morning!


As for Ventura, I thought that was way cool of Minn. to elect him. Way to go!


Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting
- Chaucer

 

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #40375, reply #4 of 54)

Like him or not, I don't believe any other state has ever done this.


Texas also elected a buffoon - Dubya

MadMom's picture

(post #40375, reply #5 of 54)

Thank you, Mean.  I was trying to restrain myself.  We did learn one thing from the 2000 election, though...if enough people's votes are eliminated, almost anyone can win.  In Dallas County (home of the democrat running for the Senate) people who went to early voting and voted for a democrat had their votes registered for the republican candidate.  See, we're almost as smart as Florida...and what do we have in common with them?  We've both had Bush-y governors.  Yech.  I still vote, even though I feel that it doesn't count. 

Country bumpkins of the world...UNITE!

ElGrandePapa's picture

(post #40375, reply #6 of 54)

Out here on the Kitsap Peninsula we had a funny thing happen to a couple of unrelated candidates running for different offices. One named Norm Dicks, running for for reelection to Congress, and another named Don Large, running for the state house. Can you see where this is going? Some enterprising pundit modified a couple of their yard signs to read.......Elect Large Dicks....I guess I'm just sophmoronic enough to find this hilarious. I'll see if this gets censored.  As DW said when I drove her by the sign,"Well, that's not a party you'll be joining." Ouch!

El Grande Papa(Living large in the Pacific Northwest)

El Grande Papa(Living large in the Pacific Northwest)
Jangomango's picture

(post #40375, reply #17 of 54)

Priceless! I can't stop laughing. I don't know what's funnier, the sign or your wife.

martagon's picture

(post #40375, reply #10 of 54)

In Dallas County (home of the democrat running for the Senate) people who went to early voting and voted for a democrat had their votes registered for the republican candidate. 


I just don't understand it!!!  How did that happen.  If we vote in an advance poll, the ballots aren't counted until the day of the election.  And there are "scrutineers" there from the major parties.  They are able to "scrutinize" the ballots as they are counted to ensure that irregularities aren't happening. 


You guys say you live in the greatest democracy in the world, but I sure can't see the democracy.  Maybe we should send in an observer party to watch over your elections, the same as is done to some 'third world' countires. 

TracyK's picture

(post #40375, reply #21 of 54)

And where are you from?


What the caterpillar heralds as the end of the world,
the Master calls a butterfly.


--Richard Bach

ashleydbrit's picture

(post #40375, reply #22 of 54)

Sounds like the same place as me!

"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like 'good cooking.'"
James Beard

martagon's picture

(post #40375, reply #44 of 54)

Well, not quite the same place as Ashley - but that's from where we got our system of government.  I'm in the great white land to the north of you,,,,, Canada.  We're still not perfect in our system,  but our Prime minister does have somewhat fewer powers than your pres

ashleydbrit's picture

(post #40375, reply #48 of 54)

Nice comment in the papers here today, "If the Democrats think Bush is too dumb to be President, how dumb are they to be outsmarted by him?"


It also pointed out that where the Pres went the Rep vote rose, everywhere that Gore went the Dem vote fell.


Just observations from the sidelines.


"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like 'good cooking.'"
James Beard

Jean's picture

(post #40375, reply #49 of 54)

Thank you, darlin'!  Have  you all noticed how quiet I am being?  Michigan voters must have thought it was a beauty pageant and elected a (very attractive) woman. From Canada. Democrat.


LOL



 


When you are over the hill, you pick up speed. .


Edited 11/7/2002 12:44:48 PM ET by Jean

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3chang's picture

(post #40375, reply #50 of 54)

ashley, anyone who wonders why Bush is succesful when he is dumb doesn't get politics. It isn't enough to be smart, and the lack of smarts by no means makes you unfit for public serivce. Half of politics is showmanship, and as long as one can overcome a lack of smarts with conviction, people will vote for you. You know how I feel about Bush: he's a simple man with simple talents and a breathtaking lack of intellectual curiosity. But when he says that, for example, his environmental policy will help clear up the environment, I truly think that he in his capacities believes it with utter conviction. It doesn't make it right, nor does it make much sense in the long run, but he has in that simplistic conviction what the Democrats have been lacking these past months. The Dems were spineless and utterly lost. They're supposed to be an opposition party, but they act as if they're a bunch of sycophants afraid to be branded anything un-American by this stifling atmosphere of hyperventilated patriotism. Perhaps the Dems should just take Harry Truman's advice to heart: don't give the Republicans hell--just give them the truth behind their policies and make them think it's hell. Any Dem care to step up to the plate?

ashleydbrit's picture

(post #40375, reply #51 of 54)

Very well put, although I was just quoting the "dumb" comment and it does not necessarily reflect my own personal views. I remember some time ago in a novel by Richard Condon (one of my favourite authors) he gave a long and cogent argument about why it was in the best interests of the USA to have "dumb" president. It was along the lines that there is a natural balance and scope to the affairs of government which is professionally managed and contained by the ongoing administration which works best when the president is reasonably compliant. If he insists on having a maverick or radical agenda then the cogs and gears of the machinery of government start to fall apart. Interesting proposition.

"I don't like gourmet cooking or 'this' cooking or 'that' cooking. I like 'good cooking.'"
James Beard

Wolvie's picture

(post #40375, reply #52 of 54)

I'm not a Dem, but I will weigh in here. I think it is a big mistake to be so concilitory and centrist, bascially trying to moderate repubs. It doesn't offer enough contrast, making it hard for folks to feel like they deserve a shot.


I hope they get back to a more liberal base - lots of the values that Americans supposedly hold dear are there.


I think the next 2 years are going to be a nightmare for working folks. Basically, for America.


Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting
- Chaucer

 

BigDaddy0146's picture

(post #40375, reply #53 of 54)

Stunningly well said, Samchang.


Bravo.



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Big Daddy

MadMom's picture

(post #40375, reply #54 of 54)

Well put, samchang...echoes an editorial in this morning's paper.  As I said before, the democrats have only themselves to blame for their stunning losses in this election.  If the voter's only interest is in "who will best support the president?" then the only intelligent choice is to vote republican.  Although I do believe Bush is not up to the job, he evidently has supremely competent political advisers.  You have to give them credit for manipulating the demos into a "me, too" campaign that was disastrous.  The "if you're not with me, you're against me" rhetoric has been extended to politics, with anyone who disagrees with the president being branded unpatriotic and unamerican.  Thus, you had the spectre of demos falling all over themselves trying to show their support for Dubya, rather than pointing out the abyssmal state of our economy, the problems in our corporate sector, the people who are out of work, homeless, without medical care...in other words, instead of pushing the agenda that helped them win, they pushed an agenda that could only lead to a republican victory. 


Now we will see how many wars we can get into, how much drilling can be done in the Alaskan wilderness, and how much corporate greed we can stomach.  I keep telling myself that two years is not long enough to destroy a country, but I'm not sure I even believe that.


Country bumpkins of the world...UNITE!

Doris1149's picture

(post #40375, reply #29 of 54)

I'm going to miss Jesse- he was breath of fresh air-when he wasn't full of hot air. He would be going along, doing ok, then shoot himself in the foot with some stupid stunt. I feel it was too bad that he wan't able to accomplish much in his term because of partisan politics. Yes, he is a buffoon, but at least he didn't try to pass for a politician, as Mr. Bush does.

DJ-

DJ-

iguana667's picture

(post #40375, reply #7 of 54)

Yes, thank you! I am amazed at how many people neglect to vote. Among my 8 co-workers, only three of us voted-- the others had not re-registered when they moved, but didn't get an absentee ballot. These are all college-educated people, too. Harumph.

anneelsberry's picture

(post #40375, reply #8 of 54)

In Arizona, at least, if you move within the state you can go to your new polling place and vote. They hold your ballot until they've checked out your old registration and made sure you haven't voted more than once, but you can still vote. Is it the same where you are?

Somebody put a stop payment on my reality check!

martagon's picture

(post #40375, reply #9 of 54)

They hold your ballot until they've checked out your old registration


Let me get this straight - - your ballot is in an envelope, or something, with your name on it, so whoever has access to it knows for whom you voted.  And you call this democracy.  How do you know that your ballot gets tossed into the ballot box.  "Oh, she voted for the Democrats.  Out it goes.  And, by the way, kick her daughter off that county job....."


We just had a free vote in the House of Commons to stop the Prime Minister from apppointing the chair of the Commons Committees.  In brief, his own party members voted against him, so that from now on, they would have a secret ballot when it came to approving his suggestions.  Kinda like the Republicans voting against Bush to stop him from appointing whoever he felt like to whatever he felt like.  AND it passed here. 


 

CCD9's picture

(post #40375, reply #11 of 54)

And I thought this was a FOOD forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Come on people.  Post your political ideas somewhere else.

kai230's picture

(post #40375, reply #12 of 54)

Welcome, CC. Yep, food forum that has this supposedly obscure folder called Ipke, for non-food stuff.

CCD9's picture

(post #40375, reply #13 of 54)

OK, I'm game.  What does IPKE stand for?  I mean I am REALLY new to this!

Jean's picture

(post #40375, reply #14 of 54)

In Pursuit of Knocking Everything.

 


When you are over the hill, you pick up speed. .

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Jangomango's picture

(post #40375, reply #16 of 54)

Oh, you are GOOD.

MadMom's picture

(post #40375, reply #15 of 54)

Relax, CCD9 - Ipke is the middle name of a precious child, and somehow she got the honor of having this thread named for her.  Although we have any number of cooking threads (please browse through them) this is the place where people can post jokes, rants, irreverent or reverent comments, you name it...almost anything goes.

Country bumpkins of the world...UNITE!

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #40375, reply #18 of 54)

This is the spot for political discussions - Ipke is for off topic discussions.


Ipke is the middle name of my daughter - how it wound up also being the title of our OT discussion folder is a long story that buried somewhere in the hell of archives.


sidebar to Li and Sysop -see, this is why we need to nail Ipke (the folder, not my kid!!!) to the bottom.


~RuthAnn
I'm feeling much better, thanks.

~RuthAnn

Wolvie's picture

(post #40375, reply #19 of 54)

well. It appears that more repubs voted than dems. Watch your backs and your wallets - unless you are among the super wealthy!


I am glad I'm in a region no one notices right now.


Woe to the cook whose sauce has no sting
- Chaucer