Just Dying To Vote

Remember a couple of years ago there was a huge push for voter ID, especially in Red States …..of course there were added parts to the bills that went a long way to limiting the votes by poor people….there was the normal political babble about all the dead people that were voting in large numbers………

Then there is the red state of Indiana……that has made it official…the dead can vote……..

Just because your heart’s not beating shouldn’t mean your vote doesn’t count, according to lawmakers in Indiana. The House Elections Committee in the state is considering changing a law that nullifies absentee ballots cast by voters who die before Election Day, reports the AP. Rep. Matt Pierce told the committee he was moved by the situation of former US Rep. Frank McCloskey, who made a point of casting an absentee ballot while battling cancer but died days before Election Day in 2003. McCloskey knew the value of a vote: After a recount following the 1984 election, the Democrat was declared the winner by just four votes.

But while the proposal might sound odd, it would actually give dead Hoosiers the same voting rights as most other dead Americans. According to the Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana is one of only three states with a “dead voter” law, which requires county clerks to check absentee ballots for recent deaths and has been blamed for election night delays. At a legislative forum last month, state Rep. Peggy Mayfield, a Republican, recalls that when she was serving as a county clerk, a man woke up from a coma and wanted to vote. He was given an absentee ballot but died the day before Election Day. “It’s sad,” says Mayfield, who isn’t opposed to changing the law.

Whatcha think?  Thumbs up…..or thumbs down?

Henry A. Giroux | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

There are many here in the US that see the demise of democracy, as we like to call it,…..both on the Left and Right are predicting the end of democracy…..

I have been bitching about this for many years…..I blame it on the laziness of the American voter…..this article addresses those concerns and explains it where we all can understand this complex situation…..

 

Henry A. Giroux | The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy.

Mid-Terms: It Is Just Embarrassing

For way too many years the American voter has been staying away from the mid-term elections……fewer and fewer people are turning out to vote…..some say that the people are starting to realize that the vote is just a way to legitimize the the state…..that nothing is   changing no matter how much the people want it….and then some say that the voter is just getting lazy…..whatever the reason this past election is just damn disgusting…….

Turnout is usually off in non-presidential elections, but this year’s numbers were “abysmally low,” carps the New York Times in an editorial. In fact, they were very nearly historically low. You have to go back 72 years to find a worse percentage for national turnout—this year’s figure was 36.3% vs. 33.9% in 1942. The editors blame “apathy, anger, and frustration at the relentlessly negative tone of the campaigns,” but they also see one big area ripe for improvement.

Generally speaking, states that made the voting process easier for residents had better turnout. Colorado, for instance, allowed people to vote by mail for the first time and ended up No. 4 in the nation. Early voting also seems to help. The formula for better turnout, then, is easy to state if not execute: “Politicians need to stop suppressing the vote, make the process of voting as easy as possible, and run campaigns that stand for something.” Click for the full editorial.

Personally, I just think that Americans could care less…..they do not feel that voting is as important as we pretend it is……

Opinion?  What do you think the problem is with the American voter?

Just How Disgusting Is Congress?

We are told by the media that the American voter is disgusted with Congress, the president and the economy……and yet they will vote for the same worthless bunch time and time again……

But the question is….just how disgusted are they?

The first exit polls show that those who turned out to vote today are in a foul mood politically, and it applies to both President Obama and Republicans. Some highlights:

  • Obama: More than half, 54%, disapprove of Obama, a figure just shy of George W. Bush’s 57% in the 2006 midterms, reports NBC News.
  • Congress: A staggering 79% disapprove of the job Congress is doing, one percentage point shy of the all-time low in exit polls.
  • Both: About a quarter of voters say they’re unhappy with both Obama and GOP leaders in Congress.
  • Country: Two-thirds say the nation is on the wrong track, and just 22% think the next generation will be better off, reports CNN.
  • Trust: Only 1 in 5 say they trust the government to do what is right most or all of the time. Most (61%) say they trust DC to do the right thing only “some of the time.”
  • Economy: It’s still voters’ No.1 concern.
  • Health care: The AP notes that those who ranked it as their top concern were “about as likely to say Obama’s health care overhaul didn’t go far enough as to say it went too far.”

What  amuses me is that if the people polled told the truth….then why do we keep sending the same mental midgets to DC?

Is this a paradox?  Or is it just stupidity?

When will we ever learn?  (that is rhetorical because we all know the answer)……

The Vote: The Height Of Ignorance!

College of Political Knowledge

Subject:  Voting

Soon the American voter will mosey into their local polling station and show their ignorance. (Sorry if that offends but looking at the last couple elections…I am being polite).

The Syrians despite the civil war have gone to the polls and voted for their next leader….a good guess is that it will be Bashir al-Assad….but that is just my wild guess…………I believe that it was Emma Goldman that stated….”If voting changed anything it would be illegal”……..and so it should.

The right to vote is a fundamental right of all humans, right?  Well in that case the old USSR had the right to vote and North Korea has the right and now we look at Syria.  All this gives credence to the theory that all voting does is to legitimize the state…..that it is in essence changes nothing.

Nothing changed in the Soviet Union…..nothing definitely changed in North Korea…..and these days nothing will change in Syria…..but the people have the right to vote.

Voting is a powerful ideological tool.  Having a majority of the adults vote gives legitimacy to the whole system whose authority is supposedly derived from the will of the people.  But as the percentage of eligible voters actually go to the polls is dropping with most ever election….it is a warning signal that the decline of the system legitimacy is approaching.

For instance in the Soviet Union there was about of 90% of candidates were re-elected to their posts……sounds like a fixed system, right?  If so then think about this…..about 80% of American candidates are re-elected to their posts…….would you call that a rigged election?

Well in one sense it is a rigged election.

In the past candidates had to get out and meet and greet the voting public……a voters impression was formed by talking with the candidate and listening to his/her opponents and then forming an opinion and voting for the candidate that best stood for the principles of the voter.

Today, the candidates use the mass media and social networking to get to the voter……thus eliminating the need to actually meet and greet the voter……because of this the voter is just a number and their vote is basically just an exercise in futility.

The vote now is not about issues and policies but rather a popularity contest….it is not about how to improve the country but rather who will work to maintain his/her cult following.  The message is not about issues but rather what the people want to hear….vague promises and a lot of out right lies.

In the past the voter picked his/her candidate…..thanx to gerrymandering it is now the parties are picking their voters…..if I need to explain that may I suggest a refresher course on civics.

But the American voter will go to the polls and nothing will change…..and the bitching and whining will start all over again…..and then on to the national election in 2016′

What is that old saying?  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.”  This explains the American voting patterns very well.

Are You Voting?

Reminder:  tomorrow is election day…….the future is in your hands……please do the right thing.

I am always amused by the Right wing mental midgets….and almost all of them are viewers of FOX news….could there be a correlation there?

I got this the other day on my Twitter machine…….It ask a valid question and makes a valid point.  I think maybe she needs spell check….whatcha think?

 

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How to build a better election – The Week

The V (for vote) Day is only days away……I am not confident that the voter will do anything that will help change the downward spiral of this system….I do wish I could be more optimistic….but sadly I cannot.

Almost everybody realizes that the election system needs a major overhaul…..reform will not do it….it needs a change….and before the next election.

This article is a good damn idea….NO!  It is a goddamn excellent idea!

 

How to build a better election – The Week.