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Sat, Oct. 28th, 2000, 06:04 pm

I've been spending the past few hours, while i have been recovering from last night[which was glorious by the way, and I will rcount it in a while], reading my voters papmphlet and websites. The prime this i wish to impart to all of you who happen to read this is: VOTE. It IS important, and every vote helps. less than 50% of america votes, think what that means:less than 25% of america gets exactly what it wants, and even those are only choosing from candidates who are force fed to them by our political corporate steamroller. If you feel flattened, the only way to stand up is for all of you who are not voting to do just this, stand. There are good, viable candidates running for the presidency, people who will take charge with regard to all the things which we find ridiculous about our country which are instead kept in place by corporate dominance. If you don't have a voters pamphlet and are registered to vote, get one, read it, vote. there are multiple candidates who have viable standpoints.
I for one am voting for Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke,
1) because of Nader's record in fighting for good common sense and protecting the people against bullies and unregulated dangers imposed on us by both our own government and ubercorporations.
2)A change must be made in the dual party politics of our capital, and voting for Nader is a statement, as well as a good choice. Washington is not going to change the election, and we are one of the states with a large enough following of Nader that we have the freedom to vote without fear of electing bush by "voting against gore".
This fear-based voting is ridiculous, and I think one of the things we need to change in our voting process is a move towards preferential voting, such that if your first choice is not gong to win, your vote would be shifted to your second choice, and so forth. This system is already in place in Australia, which has a vibrant and working body politic. Another movement which I have heard of, but poses a problem is the "No Quorum" vote. If you did not like any of the candidates[which is mostly just caused by an uninformed voting body] you could vote "No Quorum" or none of the above. UNfortunately this leaves the problem of, well...who is president then? would it create a situation where someone could use the loophole to maintain the presidency forever? This is why I believe in Preferential voting, such that fear would be eliminated from our voting logic.
Thus, I urge you all to go vote. And vote for the rest of the measures and elections on the ballot also, this IS our country, and the least we can do is help decide whom we want to run it. I endorse Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke, Green Party. Please vote.

Sun, Oct. 29th, 2000 12:04 am (UTC)
shaigirl: Amen!

Man, I totally agree with you. People need to vote. And I'm so sick of this "my vote doesn't count" bullshit. My friend Hannah is like, "I don't care about the goverment". That's her actual excuse for not voting! I'm a Nader supporter, as well... I think he's got the right point of view. But I'm not voting for him. Unfortunately, if people vote for him... it won't count in a way that'll be affective. I can't stand Gore or Bush. So I guess it's the lesser of the two evils. And quite frankly, I don't want some idiot like Bush guiding our country. So I'm going with Gore... not exactly happy about that. But I'd rather have him over Bush *any* day! I just wish it could have been Nader/Bush or Nader/Gore... cause he would have definately had my vote either way!

Sun, Oct. 29th, 2000 01:02 am (UTC)
mz: you may think you are making a statement...

If you were a woman all this "nader vote = a bush vote" wouldn't be bullshit. Your vote for Nader is one vote that could possibly strip me of my right to make decisions about my own body..and that is a very serious matter. For all of us that remember the last Bush presidency and the steps taken againts woman I urge you to vote for Gore.

Sun, Oct. 29th, 2000 01:27 am (UTC)
holyloki: Re: you may think you are making a statement...

any day when roe versus wade is repealed will be the day women everywhere march on washington and kill the president and all his men, and they wont be able to put humpty dumpty together again.

1) No congress will allow judicial branch members to be seated who would make this a reality.

2) Like i said, I seriously believe any such decision would incite rioting and destruction of all we know.

3) Voting for Nader in Washington is not going to change the election. This is where my freedom comes from.

4) No number of judges is set that are definitely going to be seated in the next four years. First the judges in place must retire. I almost wonder how much Gore has played up the fear of overturning Roe v. Wade issue in order to shut down Nader. I've only seen this issue brought up in a recent month or two...

Sun, Oct. 29th, 2000 09:27 am (UTC)
mz: Re: you may think you are making a statement...

It dosen't have to go as far as Roe VS Wade being overturned. I remember the day Bush pulled federal funding from all organizations that performed or even mentioned the word abortion. Not to mention late term abortions..RU486..this is a very serious issue.

Sun, Oct. 29th, 2000 03:44 pm (UTC)
postmortal: Re: you may think you are making a statement...

I agree w/you Tabitha. Its a scary thought. One that I'd prefer to not have to worry about. If Bush wins the election like I think he will (growl) we are in for a shitty time. I was talking w/my friends mother the other day and she was talking about how there are 3 or 4 supreme court justices that are wanting to retire...eep...I'm really worried too!!

Mon, Oct. 30th, 2000 11:34 am (UTC)
holyloki: Re: you may think you are making a statement...

You are for late term abortions?
[raises eyebrows]