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VOTE!

Paraphrasing, from the radio this morning:

... so get out there and show the world that you're not one of those g** d*** lazy-a** Americans. Vote today! I don't even care who you vote for, as long as you vote democrat.

LOL! I did half of that. :-P

I voted this morning and saw 4 people I knew! I should *poke* the one guy on facebook.

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pumpkingod
Nov. 7th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Obviously, I am in NO way trying to start a political debate or argument of any kind (You're Catherine! You rock hardcore! :D), but I am gonna ask the taboo question: Why did you vote the way you did?

Honest-to-betsy, I'm just curious. I really know nothing of your political views, and I know virtually nothing about any of the candidates running for ANYTHING (I have to look through the charts and stuff today to figure it out myself!). But yeah, everyone has a REASON, so I'm purely-friendly-interested. If you feel like sharin' :)

Was that "omg-the-topic-of-politics-always-causes-heated-arguments which-i-do-not-want!" non-confrontational enough? :P
tenthz
Nov. 7th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
There are few topics that I have a "blue" view on (I'm pro-Choice and really don't care one way or another on the government's stand on gay marriage as long as they don't force their decision on individual clergy, etc) and they are the touchy-feely ones. Honestly, I think that those issues are the ones that candiates use to tug at your heart strings to make you vote one way or another.

Pick any non-touchy-feely issue and I am so right-wing on it, it will make your head spin. :-P I'm pro-war (or rather pro-taking-over-the-world, but you know one oil-field at a time), I think large companies should have as little governing as possible, and absolutely for the government keeping to themselves (and their hands out of our pocketses).

So there's your answer. :-P
pumpkingod
Nov. 7th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
So there's your answer. :-P
And a good one at that -- s'was exactly the cards-on-the-table approach I was lookin' for. Thanks! :D

Obviously, gay marriage is one of the bigger deals to me, so I'm a heart-string voter. ;)
memeslayer
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
as long as they don't force their decision on individual clergy, etc

I'm pretty sure doing that would violate the first amendment.

any non-touchy-feely issue... I'm pro-war

*blinks* War's not a touchy-feely issue? :-p
mountainheather
Nov. 7th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
We'll see if the tide gets turned or not. I think it has a pretty good chance. I'm living in a few minutes and I'm still not 100% sure on our senate race... which is neck-and-neck, so it could/will actually matter! Ah! :-p
mountainheather
Nov. 7th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm living right now... have been for a couple decades now... but I'll be *leaving* in a few minutes.
tenthz
Nov. 7th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
good luck! :-D
misch
Nov. 7th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
I should *poke* the one guy on facebook.

Just be careful not to poke him in the faceeye.
tenthz
Nov. 7th, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
it will be a virtual poke that could only poke him in the profile. :-P Hopefully not too dangerous.
misch
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
memeslayer
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
I just got back from voting. They had a bunch of weird electronic voting machines (running on batteries and hooked up via daisy-chained serial cables). It was a little disturbing just pushing a button and having a machine tell me that my vote had been counted. I would have at least liked a receipt. Not that it matters, cause most people were running unopposed. It bothers me that the Libertarians are better at getting people on the ballots than the Democrats around here. Guess that's what I get for living in Texas. :-p

On the bright side, this was the first time I've gotten to vote in person. I saw my whole family on the list, but only my mom had voted so far. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. One of the state senatorial candidates was outside. She gave me something I thought was a tongue depresser (cause she was talking about doctors and tort reform) but turned out to be a nail file.
tenthz
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Today is one of the 2 days of the year that my mom has an actual honest-to-goodness paying job! Crazy. :-) (She's the Judge of Elections for our precinct.)

You should totally move to a Blue state. :-P
memeslayer
Nov. 7th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
You should totally move to a Blue state. :-P

I like my purpleish city just fine, thanks. :-p And the thought of leaving my home to the mercies of the kind of crazies we get around here isn't very appealing.

(Texas politics are important for you guys, too -- our school board plays a strong role in determining what school textbooks get used for the entire country.)
tenthz
Nov. 7th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
(Texas politics are important for you guys, too -- our school board plays a strong role in determining what school textbooks get used for the entire country.)

That is something I didn't know! Why exactly is that?
memeslayer
Nov. 7th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Different states (and sometimes districts) have different standards for what they want in a textbook. Writing textbooks is expensive, so if you're a textbook publisher you want to write as few books as possible and sell them to as many schools as possible. Texas and California are the largest states in the U.S. population-wise, with something like 60 million people between them. If you can write a textbook that sells in those two states, you'll make a lot more money than if you write one that only sells in Rhode Island, Hawaii, and Idaho (~4mil people). Hence, smaller states end up choosing among textbooks designed to fit larger states' standards. While textbook standards in Texas are (these days) mostly determined by the state congress, final approval is still done by the board of education -- 15 people. Also, since most people don't pay attention to BoE candidates, it's *very* easy for a small group of dedicated people (in this case, the rabid anti-sex ed/evolution crowd) to have a large influence on the makeup of the board. I wish I could dig up the article for this, but I remember reading that over half the members of the Texas board of education were picked out and had their campaigns funded by *one person*...

The annoying thing is that this problem is a neat combination of market forces and voter apathy. There's no easy legislative solution because if people cared enough to do that they'd be paying more attention to the elections in the first place. There's no market solution because the market's already doing exactly what it's supposed to. It's the same as most of our other education problems -- the only real solution is for people to start actively caring more about education rather than expecting other people to do all the work.
quilynn
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
There goes another voting day and me not at the polls. I'll get there one of these years... you know some year when I'm either in my voting district on election day, or I actually have the forethought to get an absentee ballot (or I have the forethought to get an absentee ballot on one of the days I'm in my voting district). Coordination of this magnitude is yet to happen.
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