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gran    Posted 02-24-2005 at 02:28:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
No one posting so will get on my soap box. I would like to know how many of you always vote? When you do, do you always know what,or who you are voting for? We are a free country,with free elections. Why do only a little over half of us vote? How many know what it takes to get a law passed? I would bet not many. When I was an AARP D D I wanted to get a program started on how our government works. What a laugh that was,no one gave a d****.
We have the best system in the world,it is up to us to keep it that way.
a lot of you will be reading this with your morning coffee, have a good day.

Farmall    Posted 02-24-2005 at 18:49:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Ive always voted, and only once have I voted for the man who lost. That was the year I switched my party, and voted for Rossie. Never before or since been prouder of my vote than then

big fred    Posted 02-24-2005 at 07:41:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've voted in every general election since I turned 18. Haven't felt like I've been represented in the Senate since before 1992.

hollie    Posted 02-24-2005 at 07:35:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
hiya g......yep got voters here...and both sons and their mates vote...when i was little daddy use to take me with him when he voted...its a big deal down here...and both my dad and my husband have done their fair share of public offices...hubby is currently ward 2 councilman for the town we live in.

Hal/Ind    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:48:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I vote in every election. I also write to my representatives, both state and local, and tell them how I want them to vote on legislation being considered. Most of the local elected officials in my county hate me because I offer them a lot of "constructive criticism." I also write letters to the editor for publication in local media and participate in an "Opinion" program on our town radio station. Citizens need to get involved especially in local government to try and control the tax and spend attitudes demonstrated by most elected officials. They like to forget they are elected to serve.

Whenever someone tells me they don't vote because their one vote doesn't count, I tell this story, which is true. In 1986 I had to go out of state unexpectedly on election day and didn't get to vote. The sheriff's race that year ended in a tie because I didn't vote. I have always thought what an awesome power I had that day and didn't use it.

BTW, the election was settled by a coin flip. Not exactly the way it should be.

Pitch    Posted 02-24-2005 at 03:39:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I vote in every election even though I feel that I am not being represented in Washington. In my opinion our system is broken. Not the electoral process itself altho that needs a lot of tweaking to get it back in shape. I'm talking LOBBYIST We no longer haver a Government that is By the people and for the people. It is now by the special interests and for the special interests.
I know that this next opinion of mine is really going to get me ripped on this very right wing leaning board but here goes. I do not want my government to be a moral arbtirator. Your morals and values may not be the same as mine or the guys down the road and so on,and other than some extremes who is to say whether mine are any more right or wrong than yours. The founding fathers intended the government to be an administrative body mostly concerned with interstate commerce. All other questions were intended to be left to the states and local entities to arbritate. Mr. Lincoln changed all that.
The two party system has forced all of us to compromise our value and all of us are getting ripped off. We should have a run off system and by a certain date the last 4 or 5 parties left standing should be funded by the government for say a six week period before the elections. All media outlets should be compelled to provide a limited but equal amount of time to all viable candidates as a cost of doing business. The free enterprise folks are screaming now but I think that corporations have a moral obligation to our nation just as you and I do.
That is my rant bring on the slings and arrows.

Ron/PA    Posted 02-24-2005 at 07:12:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pitch, here's my slings and arrows. No number of parties can cause me to compromise my values.
When you say that the remaining 4 or 5 parties should be "funded by the government" I read that as funded by Ron/PA! Why on earth would "I" want to pay for their campaigns?
Was anyone forced to pay for the campaigns of our founding fathers?
Why on earth should the government be allowed to dictate to the media, what they must print, and at what cost? Doesn't that smack of facism? Can you imagine the outcry of the PBS, even though it's taxpayer funded?
If I want to be president, I should raise my own funds, find my supporters, and rely on their support to convey my message.
Get the taxpayers out of politics, not out of government.

bub    Posted 02-24-2005 at 05:00:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spread the truth. Lobbists are as bad as terriosts

bwillett    Posted 02-24-2005 at 04:31:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Let me just say "A BIG AMEN", Pitch. I have your back on this one.

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