February 04, 2006
Today, I refused to join "The Grassroots Army of Conservatives," despite a plea via telephone from Newt Gingrich hisownself (well... a recorded message from Newt, which is the next best thing to Newt hisownself) asking me to sign up. They wanted a "contribution" of at least $100 for the privilege of membership and I didn't want to be a member that badly, even though GAC promised to Save The Nation. I respectfully hung up on them.
If this were still 1992, I might have sent them $100. Hell, I was so disgusted by the Democrats back then that in a moment of pure frustration, I sent money to Ross Perot and joined United We Stand. In MY humble opinion, ANYTHING was better than the Democrats. Now I realize that I was mistaken.
I've seen what Republicans do when handed control of the Presidency and both houses of congress, and I am thoroughly disgusted with THEM now. I expected fiscal responsibility; I got runaway spending. I expected smaller government; I got BIGGER government. I expected change; I got more of the same politics as usual.
Republicans are no different from Democrats in one regard: BOTH parties believe that the federal government should manage every aspect of your life, right down to the molecular level. They disagree only about how the government should do it. If my choice at the polls is simply selecting which incompetent micromanager I prefer, I would just as soon not vote.
I don't think voting matters much anymore--- at least not in the long run. This country is headed down the shitter and neither party has the balls nor the ability to stop it. When you vote today, you're not going to change anything. You're just selecting which lemming you prefer to follow off the cliff.
When Republicans scold the Democrats for quashing Social Security reform after creating a nightmarish Medicare drug benefit program themselves, they've lost me for good. They shouldn't cry that Rome is burning one one hand while they're busy conducting the fiddle orchestra with the other. If that's what passes for "leadership" today, I'm not interested.
So, I kept my $100 today. Government gets too much Money For Nothing already.
Now you are getting close
I could not agree more....this is why I am not a registered voter.....OMG....I'm sooo 'UnAmerican'....
I saw these tendencies about 25 years ago, and also became discouraged at the manipulation of lobbyists, rigged voting booths, and the punch of powerful corporations controling our governance. I concluded then that voting was a minimal impact event....unfortunately.
"Voting is a minimal impact event..."
If Gore had become president in 2000, how many impacts do you think the U.S. would have received by now?
Voting does make a difference, but not when it comes to government growth, government spending, or government micromanagement of our lives.
It's not a matter of "equally bad," it's a matter of "lesser evils," or, as I have put it in the past, the choice between castration and a wedgie. A really vicious wedgie.
I vote "wedgie" every time.
But I'm not happy about it.
Oh hell, I suspect it could have been worse. We could have had Gore or Kerry in the White House and I figure they would have rooled over and stuck their butt in the air to the ragheads. I am not happy with the current bunch in power and my first impulse is just to say fuck it and not vote come fall. But I am going to vote for every libertarian who acts like he/she can read and write-which is more than the donks seem to be able to do. Where there is not a lib I think I'll write in Rob Smith on some And Guy K. on some others. At least gotdam 'em I can say I voted and will have the right to bitch.
Republicans are the best bet. They lie the
least and govern the best. Not perfect, but the
best. Do yourself a favor and vote
Republican; the other parties are far worse.
Keep your money in your wallet so long as
you vote! You must contribute in some way.
Not voting is not the answer. The problem is We The People, have let the politicians take over the process. They've robbed us of our voice. If you don't show up, they think you don't care and they're going to do what they please and on your dime.
I think Guy is onto the answer. Every single person should and must vote, even if you just write in yourself or Acidman or whoever. That sends a message that we want a change and that will get their attention. Sure it won't change anything immediately, but it's a start.
I tend to vote for the Anarchist party..In grass root elections I vote for the person I don't know. (Sorry you ass of a mayor Ken Lee!)
Most Americans do not vote--
There is a lesson to be learned in that.
Stupidity is contagious? ;-p
I suppose continuing to employ a failed system over and over again, but expecting somehow a different result, is rational behavior?
That was Rob's point.