Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Vote Dammit! VOTE!!!!!

My blog is not a political blog. I just didn't have that intention when I started it. You can see by my links though that I do read political blogs. I am drawn to them. They help get a better perspective of what people are thinking and feeling and how they are reacting to news. But today I feel compelled to do a post on voting. I am not adept at expressing myself through written word but I will do my best.

I am appalled at the number of people who don't vote. I have been asking people, because of the recent vote "Did you vote?". No. I don't vote. People, I am not a college educated person but I know that it is my responsibility as citizen of this country to take an interest and inform myself as best I can and vote. It is ignorant to do otherwise. Ignorant. This is our country and we need to be responsible citizens or it won't work. It's a little thing. It will make you feel good about yourself.

The League of Women Voters (leave it to the women) has an excellent website. They put out a Voters Guide that is an excellent resource for informing yourself about candidates in any vote and where they stand on issues no matter where you live. They zero in on your voting district, state,county etc. You can also go there to register to vote. Do that now! EVERY election is important.

My father used to say, as he banged his fist on the dinner table, "If you don't vote you're an idiot!" Not so eloquent or even explanatory but you can bet your ass all of his children are registered voters because who wants to be an idiot?

19 Comments:

Blogger beachblogger said...

i voted!

peace, peter

9/19/2006 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

At the time I grew up, the voting age was 21. My 21st birthday was celebrated (???) in Vietnam. Obviously, telephones and calls home weren't widespread or frequent. But finally. my sixth month in country, and two months after my birthday, I got some R&R, and was able to call home. Dad answered the phone. The first thing out of his mouth: "Did you register to vote?" Voting is not a right. It is a privilage given to us with the blood of our ancestors. If you don't use it, you will lose it!!

9/19/2006 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Krissy Doyle said...

Mary, good for you! I always vote! I admit that I am not always 100% up to speed on all the issues, but I vote. And, I agree, you do feel good about yourself after you vote. I work with a lady that never votes and yet she is always the first one to complain about the President. I get so upset with her! Anyway, nice post!

9/19/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Every time my sister complains about some law I tell her to shut up because she does not vote.

Sometimes I, despite my libertarian leanings, wished people hos to pass civics course in order to vote.

Around here, southern Louisiana, people believe political mythologies more than they know about fact.

A ot of America is like that.

9/19/2006 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I agree!

There are no excuses for not voting and a hell of a lot of reasons to do it, especially now.

9/19/2006 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Mary,
the reason the previous post said 2 comments and you only had ONE, is because I made a typo error, republished comment, (hence 2 comments) and then removed the one with typo error. Ooops!

9/19/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Yeah Peter! That's the spirit.

TUA- Just the kind of thing my father would have said too. "Did you register to vote? Did you vote?" You are right, it is a priveledge that an uncountless number of people suffered to have and pass on to us.

Krissy- Take a page from Ole Blue and tell her to shut up! And make sure when you vote you wear your I VOTED sticker all day. Maybe she'll feel bad.

OBH- I'd like to see a good strong civics course in HS. And a teacher who doesn't force their own political views on students. I see alot of that around here.

Pop- Thats what I'm talking about. I assumed everyone would be as anxious as I to vote.

Q- No worries.

9/19/2006 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Anyone ever notice that the non voters are the first to bitch and moan? They are very vocal and when you ask them if they vote, the excuses just roll off their tounges. GOD, I hate the hell out of that!

9/20/2006 01:53:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Me too Donnie.

9/20/2006 08:37:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Mary,
some light humour:
Photoshop Magic: Alternate Universes

9/20/2006 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like politicians,any of them

9/21/2006 02:15:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Thanks Quasar.

Focus- They are hard to adore.

9/21/2006 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I am disenfranchised. I can't vote in the US, not being a citizen and all that - I can't vote in the Bahamas, because you're not allowed to vote if you're not resident there, and there's no such thing as an absentee ballot - and I can't vote in the UK, because I'm not a resident, and because frankly it's been so long since I lived there, I wouldn't know what the issues were.

Gah.

But yes, I'd vote if I could.

9/21/2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

yor right mary my kids couldn't understand why I voted the candidates were a fore gone conclusion. I always tell them that its my right. My vote might be the one that puts my candidate over. I make sure that my 20 year old votes also

9/21/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote all the time and in two different countries, Algeria and the UK!!
I hope my vote makes a difference..

9/21/2006 05:47:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Lukku, of course you get a pass. Do you plan on returning ever to Bahamas?

Dawn, I knew I was in good company. I think it makes a lasting impression on the children and sets a good example.

Cream- Lucky you to be able to vote in two places. I'm sure your vote counts.

9/21/2006 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Bahamas? Not so much. It's a teensy place, and frankly it's too easy to drink yourself to death out of boredom down there.

I do love it, since it's my home, but I hate it because it's so small and confining, and because once you've moved back there you tend to get stuck.

Nice place to visit though :-)

9/21/2006 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

It's the same here, there are folks who would rather bitch and gripe and not vote.

I'm with you about reading about the various political views.

9/22/2006 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

GG-I imagine it's the same everywhere.
It's frustrating that people don't care enough to take the time to educate themselves and vote. It is so important.

Lukku- You certainly keep yourself busy in this country. I never know where you are.

9/22/2006 08:07:00 PM  

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