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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: elections, voting, voting rights, usa, reasons to vote, NAACP )

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The most recent attacks on the voting rights of people of color are unlike anything experienced in the past 100 years. They serve as a stark reminder that our enemies want nothing more than to reverse the progress of our ancestors.

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Mary T (178)
Tuesday May 1, 2012, 10:42 pm
Thanks Nancy I shared my thoughts.

Sara Williams (8)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 8:39 am
Gladly shared my thoughts.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 10:05 am
Noted, thoughts shared.

Lisa N (207)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:28 am
Thank you for sharing your reasons for voting!
Thanks Nancy.

P A (117)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 8:11 am
I tried very hard to share my thoughts - but it wouldn't let me.
However, I did say this:

It is important to vote because of the multitude of sacrifices made over the past several hundred years to get us the vote - people pleaded, wrote, argued and demonstrated to get first more ordinary men the vote, then all men, then married women with property, then all women. Many were imprisoned and threatened, some brave and heroic souls were gaoled - and all that we could benefit and take a responsible part in our society.

The person who doesn't vote cannot complain about anything - not taxes, or health care, or pensions, or pollution or environmental issues - nothing, as they have sadly thrown away their part of society.
As has been said often: there may not be anyone you want to vote for, but there is always someone you want to vote against.

And the Right Wing will destroy all this and much more - if we let them - we must NOT let them!


Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 9:04 am
Do I really have to share reasons on why voting is important? I believed that my entire life up until the last year or so. I mean, what kind of choice is it, if all we are choosing is corporate owned and operated candidate A -or- corporate owned and operated president B? Both of the two parties espouse free market capitalism that makes elites and corporations quite wealthy while putting the real costs of the faux "free" market upon the backs of the workers. Both candidates hear and obey their corporate masters' voices. Here in America, whenever we hold an election, corporations win, but the American people always lose.

This democracy of ours is a sham. Since both parties are so much more alike than they are different, then the individual vote is rendered essentially meaningless. If we can't embrace a multi-party system, then why bother?

I certainly don't have the answers. Given that I was once less cynical than I am now, and that, having voted as many times as I have over the decades, voting has become quite the habit that nags at me when I attempt to refrain. I probably will vote. But I will never vote for corporate candidates again. I reject the two party system.

I will vote Green Party. It won't change the outcome of the election, but at least I can enter the voting booth without holding my nose. I will also be able to leave the voting booth knowing I voted for a party that comes closest to representing my values, specifically regarding economic justice and social progress.

. (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 10:24 am
done and comment left

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:41 pm
Because Fox snooz is turning out rabid haters that turn out 100%. We have to do the same to get past that point of sure election fraud. We are 60% to their 40%. That equates to the lie that would be 52% to 48%.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:49 pm

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:57 pm

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 1:39 pm
'Vote as if your nation depends on it! It does!' The USA is supposed to be a constitutional participatory republic; we're falling out of that because of lack of citizen participation! If I state my views to others, someone always asks 'Did you vote?' and I'm proud to say 'YES!'

Charlene Rush (79)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 1:48 pm
I will defer to Margaret Mead, who said:
Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Jane H (139)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:17 pm
Done Thanks

. (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:28 pm
form submitted -thanks Nancy.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:29 pm
Done and Thanks.


Janis B (7)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:50 pm
People who don't bother to vote should be fined. It is a person's responsibility to the community and society at large.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:14 pm
Thanks, Nancy.

Esther Z (94)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:15 pm
Noted and commented.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:16 pm
Thanks Nancy--done.

Carol H (229)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:35 pm
noted, signed and commented

Ruadha S (6)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 6:43 pm
Brian M.--I;'m guessing you're still rather young. I'm not being mean or conescnding--I just gave up on optimism in the late '60's. But my father always said "if you don't vote, you can't complaim about who's elected". Today we have Internet petitions and news that spreads at the speed of light, but the system won't work if the right people aren't voted for and elected.

And sometimes you have to vote for the least objectionable.. And prepare to write a lot of letters and sign a lot of petitions.

Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:04 pm
Signed. Thanks Nancy

Samantha Trosky (152)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:06 pm
I said so the politicians are working for us more and for themselves a little less. My great grandmother fought for suffrage aka women's right to vote. So fighting for our rights and voting is in my jeans! :)

Samantha Trosky (152)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:10 pm
Ooops! I almost forgot!!!
Thanks Nancy!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:41 pm
Voting means nothing!
Sounds good but means nothing!
Join me, submit a blank ballot.
Vote for "None of the Above"
Hacking Democracy - Full Length
George Carlin the illusion of freedom
George Carlin Doesn't vote
The Elite and the 1% Ownership Class

Norm C (74)
Friday May 4, 2012, 12:17 am
If you don't like the candidates in the general election, move your attention earlier in the process. Vote in the primaries.

If you don't like the candidates in the primary election, move your attention earlier in the process. Encourage the persons you do like to run. And then help that friend to meet the voters. And then get other friends to help the candidate friend.

It's very easy to just say "To hell with it." Takes no time, no brains, no effort, no real thought. Just cynicism. Just resignation and apathy.

Having said that, it is in my opinion far more important to look into, think about the system into which good candidates find themselves when running for office and once elected to office. That system is corrupt in ways large and small.

The question is, "What the f+*#& are you going to do about it?" More resignation, self-pity and cynicism? That is what got us here.

Henriette M (154)
Friday May 4, 2012, 8:36 am
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:41 pm
John's whole comment worth repeating twice as it is the TRUTH.
Voting means nothing!
Sounds good but means nothing!
Join me, submit a blank ballot.
Vote for "None of the Above"
Click on John's activated links for these.
Hacking Democracy - Full Length
George Carlin the illusion of freedom
George Carlin Doesn't vote
The Elite and the 1% Ownership Class

Ellen m (215)
Friday May 4, 2012, 12:12 pm
@ Riadha..THANK YOU! If i knew how to cut and paste your comment i would, as i about gave myself a coronary yesterday trying to get across that same thought with far to many words, and far, far less calmness in doing so. :-)

Ellen m (215)
Friday May 4, 2012, 12:22 pm
And to any that aren't voting, or are not because of something George Carlin, bless his soul, has to say,, shame on you...You have now officially become part of the problem...
Blank ballot my butt...why not throw Mittens his victory party now, and just let him pocket the money we would have spent on the election to boot..he'll end up stealing it someway anyhow.

M B (62)
Friday May 4, 2012, 2:17 pm
Thanks Nancy I shared my thoughts.
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