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If you don't vote, don't complain
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Dennis    Posted 02-27-2003 at 20:27:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
For the ones here that complain and don't do anything.

"I wondered why someone didn't do something about the situation-- then I remembered that I am someone"


No, if you pay taxes, you can complain!    Posted 02-28-2003 at 05:03:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't agree.


If you dont pay taxes, you shouldnt get a vote!    Posted 02-28-2003 at 06:53:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
It aint right that people on the dole get to vote for me to pay more taxes


Ron/PA IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOUR TAXES,    Posted 02-28-2003 at 06:24:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ignoring the thieves that raise them won't help! Ya wanna do something about them, it starts at the polls
Later
Ron


Redneck    Posted 02-28-2003 at 02:28:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
As long as I have to pay taxes,I get to voice an opinion,whether I vote or not.When taxes are not mandatory,then we could not have much to say if we don't vote.I don't like choosing the lessor of evils,just to say I voted.I don't like politicians on any level.


RD,WV    Posted 02-28-2003 at 16:49:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use to vote but after Ihaved worked hard all year and sent these wasteful SOB,s about 18-20K in taxes a year I can,t support any of this stupity anymore. I am against us being involved when my hard earned money is going for bribing the turkish gov when we already give the stupid countries all of OUR MONEY. I just watched the news they want to give the military a tax break. Asfar as I,m concerned the people in the military shouldnt have to pay any taxes. But with the bill supporting this tax break they want to add that horseracing,manufacterers of TACKLE BOXEs among other ignorant things get tax breaks. It must be nice to be able to buy your way into getting what you want. Bring our military home and guard our boarders, fix our highways, build schools,get rid of drugs, but of course that is what tax dollars are suppose to be for. show me somebody that wont buy they,re way into being elected and I would vote for them.


Sid    Posted 02-28-2003 at 05:23:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
try to help fix the problem then you are part of the problem.


Redneck    Posted 02-28-2003 at 12:47:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
So I'm a contributing(paying) factor?


Salmoneye    Posted 02-28-2003 at 01:56:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have missed one local election since I turned 18, and that was due to being in SLC for work...

My Mom goes to the polls late, and looks at the checklist to see if her kids have all voted LOL

Trust me...You do not want a call from Mom about why you have not voted...My Sister got called once...She is still in therapy...

;-)


bill b va    Posted 02-27-2003 at 23:57:47       [Reply]  [No Email]

are you saying everybody should be happy after elections they voted in ?


Dennis    Posted 02-28-2003 at 07:57:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
What I'm saying is: If a person isn't willing to vote they really shouldn't complain about the election results if it doesn't go the way they wanted. BUT the main thing is that people should be willing to write letters, protest in person or generally do what is necessary to change situations that are against the good of the MAJORITY of the population. An Example: The farmer's market opened and there were no farmers delivering groceries cause the farmers weren't getting profitable prices for their goods. The farmers started their own stores selling their good at profitable prices. What a concept. Boycotting the middlemen who sit in their offices and do nothing but bid on the farmers hard labor and then add a large profit to it.


bill b va    Posted 02-28-2003 at 10:40:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

seems to me like there is too much in favor of the minorities at the expense of the majority . what ever happened to the majoity rules in a demoracy .when the minorities can dictate to the majority we may as well have a dictator as our vote don't count


Redneck    Posted 02-28-2003 at 12:57:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
If we always used the majority rules deal,look who would be in charge of the country now.More is not always better.


prez    Posted 02-27-2003 at 23:05:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
right wing rednecks ,place is full of them


Redneck    Posted 02-28-2003 at 02:21:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
(Raising hand,jumping up and down).......Must not see me,sitting too far back.


prez    Posted 02-28-2003 at 09:39:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
lol glad i got a rise


Redneck    Posted 02-28-2003 at 12:45:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Auh,your just funnin' me.


Maggie/TX    Posted 02-27-2003 at 21:49:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Copy of Editorial letter that didn't get printed in the local paper, for some reason or other. Can we say, "The powers-that-be are in control," three times fast?
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After the primary last spring, I wrote an editorial chastising folks for not voting. I cited the fact that only 20% of the registered voters bothered to vote back then. Maybe I was a bit hasty in my words or should have been more specific. What I should have said was that it is a good thing to vote, IF you can go to the poll and make an intelligent vote. Sort of like a doctor's creed, "Do no harm."

I firmly believe with all my heart that if you can't go to the poll and choose a candidate for each race INDIVIDUALLY, one by one, then you would do the rest of us a favor by staying home. I believe that folks who vote a straight ticket by checking that one little box at the top either need to learn how to read before going to the poll or study the candidates a bit more closely to make an INFORMED vote. Lazy, uninformed, closed-minded voters do more harm than good.

People who follow any one political party blindly remind me of lemmings, following their leader blindly over whatever cliff is at hand, and with basically the same results. History shows that it was this kind of blind follow-the-leader school of thought that led to all of the world’s most evil dictators coming into power. How quickly we forget.

Those who consider themselves patriotic have really got to do more than wave a flag to be worthy of the name. Patriotism is not blindly following leaders, it is wanting what is best for your homeland with all your heart and being willing to work at seeing that it happens. Yes, it is a certain amount of work to really check out the candidates for a political office, but anything worth having is worth working for.
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Pigster    Posted 02-28-2003 at 05:56:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie - Beautifully well spoken. Right on the money. I personally want "None of the Above" on the ballot(forcing another election till we get decent candidates), doubt we'll ever see that though


kraig WY What about the platform    Posted 02-27-2003 at 22:50:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I vote party lines as much for the party platform as the individual. There are certain things the Dems. stand for that I will never vote for. I wont go into them here because it would start another series of rants.
Voting party lines also helps keep/gain the majority for the party that most represent my views. There are primaries to determine the best canadate to reprosent my party.


Maggie/TX    Posted 02-28-2003 at 04:14:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kraig, I usually vote party lines in nation elections, also. The issue I was addressing was a local election, though, a whole different breed of animal. On a local level it is possible to know more about the individual. We just happen to have a bunch in office that are all of the party I usually go with who've been acting like little dictators rather than public servants. A good man, who is in reality an Independant, went up against one of the "Little Hitlers" by running on the opposing party, just so he could oppose the MAN. Too many folks around here don't pay enough attention to do their homework and the move didn't work. Still got the same old Little Hitlers for another 4 years.


Sid    Posted 02-27-2003 at 21:17:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good thought.


LH    Posted 02-27-2003 at 20:32:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always vote Dennis, and consider it my duty as a good american


Dennis    Posted 02-27-2003 at 20:52:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
BTW how have you been?


LH    Posted 02-28-2003 at 05:39:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ive been pretty good thanks, just tired of winter


Cindi    Posted 02-27-2003 at 20:36:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm....that sounds vaguely familiar..Lol! Very good point!


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