Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Day Advice

Today is Election Day. All over the country. And I have heard a lot about how it is our duty to vote. But you know, if you don't know how many Supreme Court justices we have in the US, if you don't understand something about the issues, and if you get your advice from bloggers, I don't want you voting.

You see, ill-informed votes dilute other people's votes. I mean, if you have given it some thought. Even if you looked at the candidates mascots and figured which would beat the other in an ultimate fighting match (Obama went to Columbia, the mascot is a lion; McCain graduated the United States Naval Academy, the mascot is a goat), I am betting on the lion making cabrito out of the goat. The point is that I want people to think before they vote. But not real random thoughts. I don’t want a voter saying, "Well that McCain supporter had nice tits. I think I will vote for McCain."

I want voters to come up with cogent arguments that make sense in your world view. I mean, I don't care if the methodology is bizarre – just that you have some rationale. Let's say you make your living on insider trading. Well, if you thought McCain would be tougher on adding people to police insider trading, vote for Obama. Or if you are a military contractor doing business in Iraq and am afraid Obama would get us out of Iraq (I find this a bit doubtful), then vote for McCain.

But if you have no clue who to vote for, don't practice drunken voting. Just don't vote. And if you want to lie about it, then you will have something in common with most candidates. I don't think a vote for Obama or McCain means the end to civilization as we know it. That was last election.

So if you don't want to vote for president, just pass. And if people want you to go to the voting booth with them (perhaps a candidate entices you with booze or a ride anywhere in the city), then vote. But just vote against all of the ballot initiatives. Most of them are just something about raising taxes (or bonds to build this or that). Sure, occasionally it will be on another issue, but since the initiative is poorly written anyway, you probably won't be able to figure out what it says. And we have survived all this time without the initiative, so what harm does it do for not passing it?

Me, I am going to see what soft drinks each prefers to make my choice. But have a system people. We don't need no more hanging chads.

My prediction (made on November 3, 2008): Obama will win 46 of 50 States. It will be an early night for those setting up camp on the couch with a pint of Häagen-Dazs and the remote.

Oh, and this just in. Someone sent it to me - so I don't have a real source - other than the wire itself.

LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (AP) - A nudist community on Florida's west coast wants to establish the first clothing-optional polling site. The Caliente Resorts, located in Pasco County north of Tampa, has approached election officials about the idea.

Nothing in state law would prohibit it, but the supervisor of elections says he is opposed to creating any new precincts before redistricting in 2010.

Gives another meaning to the term "hanging chads."


Anonymous said...

What's sad is how little people understand about government.

1. The president has way less power than people give them.

2. Congress gives the president stuff to sign. He doesn't dictate laws. That would be a king/dictator.

3. Both would get us out of Iraq, it's just a matter of when.

4. No matter who wins, they still have to face ... Congress.

Life will go on if "your guy" doesn't win. It really will. We'll get up and go to work in the morning and this time next week will be just like every other day.


Leesa said...

knot: when I was in school, I had a teacher who thought that presidential candidates that had led - that is, served as the head of an administration (Governor) made better presidents. Problem is, that this theory falls apart when you look at recent history - Bush - Clinton - Bush. But I looked at the recent presidents, and all from current through Carter were governors. Funny, before that, Ford Nixon Johnson and Kennedy. All legislation. And before that was a war hero that really did not see the front lines.

LarryLilly said...

Well, so much for people educating themselves down here in the Lone Star State, also known as the state below the IQ line. I saw a survey that had 23% of Texans thinking Obama is a muslim.

With people like that, it would be better that they didnt vote.

Have a great day, and tonight we will watch a movie, and turn on the 10 news, and hope to see an early answer. I have Obama winning by 11% popular vote and taking the EC by at least 330 votes.

Grant said...

Unfortunately, most nudists I've seen aren't people I'd want to see naked.

What sodas do the candidates drink? I'm going against anyone who touches that damned yankee poison known as Pepsi.

richmanwisco said...

Very early on, I determined that the single most important factor to me for this election was the future composition of the Supreme Court (which I blogged about). But as the campaign went on, and it became clear just how badly the McCain campaign was managed, my reasoning changed a little, but my choice didn't.

@knot: Point 2 is false. The president has the power of the executive order. Just witness the orders President Bush signed this week that fall outside the window of the ability of the next president to overturn, they will become law.

QUASAR9 said...

What bo comments allowed on the next post?

QUASAR9 said...

Beats yet more election talk
and a great 'punch line'

QUASAR9 said...

Mind you Louie did have a point:
"Why when you are in or near the best place on earth, would you wanna go ..."

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