I'm Done Voting

Posted by Abaco 1 month, 1 week ago to Politics
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I haven't voted for a long, long time. Have remained registered as an Independent. My coworkers twisted my arms almost completely off to get me to vote this time. I did. Voted as any good Objectivist would. But, I did it knowing my vote won't count at all. It felt disgusting, filthy. I'm going to try to unregister. Maybe then I can escape jury duty too - where you have to sit and hear how everybody in the room except you has a criminal past, and where you have to explain to morons the difference between "sometimes" and "always", or "yes" and "no". They can have this mess. Wallow in it. Soon, I'll vanish from it. Blech!


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    Posted by  $  Dobrien 1 month, 1 week ago
    You live in ground zero. The Dems have done to California what they want to do to the rest of the country. Get your family out. The job market has never been better to seek a better existence.
    You will be hard pressed to find the semi-arid climate you enjoy but you will likely put your family in a safer environment.
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  • Posted by  $  mshupe 1 month, 1 week ago
    Voting, statistically speaking, is only better than buying a lottery ticket. But I vote because I appreciate, at least symbolically, that America is unique. And heck, voters got Trump elected, and his ability to irritate the deep state pricks is quite a spectacle.
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    • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 1 month, 1 week ago
      Yes...it does count. It's one's duty to do so, otherwise...you have no right to bitch...it's how we govern if only theoretically in this world. You make a fair point by stating..."We" turned the process upside down and voted for Trump...it was Our prerogative.
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        Posted by  $  allosaur 1 month ago
        Today me dino shall proudly cast votes in an effort to maintain a constitutional republic.
        I shall vote for freedom.
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        • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 1 month ago
          At-a boy...Dino.
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          • Posted by  $  allosaur 1 month ago
            Me dino went to where I have voted in every election for years. I have always walked up to the front door before I saw any sort of line~even during presidential elections.
            Today that line was out the door and wrapped a third of the way around the building. Later in my car I heard Hannity say a long line should be a good sign. Hope he's right.
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            • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 1 month ago
              I went early before 11AM and there was a lot of cars but got into vote right away...when the Election volunteer crossed my name out, I asked if my old women had been there yet...she exclaimed: "OH Yea!
              I found out later she gave them a hard time...how embassisking...
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        • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 1 month ago
          And that's exactly what I did a few weeks ago in early voting. I'm so nervous that I might hide under the bed until the election is over.
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          • Posted by  $  allosaur 1 month ago
            Me dino is worried about he GOP keeping the House.
            The thought of Nutty Nancy again becoming the majority speaker makes me cringe, though the Jackass Party socialist wannabes having that power is a far bigger issue for me.
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      • Posted by gharkness 1 month ago
        Whether you vote or not, you never give up your First Amendment rights. EVER. Also, there's absolutely no requirement to tell someone whether you voted or not, and especially not who you voted - or didn't vote - for. That's why it's called a secret ballot.

        So, yes, you have the right to bitch. Today, tomorrow, forever....even if you are your own worst enemy by doing so.
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      • Posted by 1 month ago
        I remember when my French mother in law said that. She survived WWII. I said, "If my choice is Hitler vs. Stalin can I still complain?" She laughed and said, "Yes, I guess so." So, if your nation is being gutted I think you have a right to bitch. I don't like to waste my energy in that way. But...knowing is half the battle.
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      • Posted by lrshultis 1 month ago
        I used to bitch by not voting or voting Libertarian, but have since voted for the least offensive Republican. Didn't help this time. I would have had to have about 30,000 ballots to make my vote count for a winner. So here in WI, a huge "it's the children's education in public schools" Dem who has plans for multi billion increases in property taxes to pay for all his new stuff that Walker had cut back on. Yes I voted to no effect but those in the know have assured me that I now can exorcise my first amendment right to bitch about the government.
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  • Posted by  $  janegirl 1 month, 1 week ago
    I'd say that, while the system certainly seemed rigged, there's also the ability to beat the game using the same rules. Hence, Trump. I might even compare it to free markets - lots of guys out there selling bad goods, and big guys are tough to overcome, but not impossible. (not a perfect metaphor, but work with me)
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 1 month ago
    I'm voting, and expect it to count. I'm not a cynic, but a believer in our electoral system, flawed as it may be.

    What will be interesting to watch is how far off base the pollsters were. Newt Gingrich said one polling firm had to call over 31,000 people to get about 300 that would answer their questions. A 1% sample sounds like a shaky premise on which to base outcomes. I suspect there are many like me who don't answer phone numbers that I either don't know, or which have no caller ID.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 1 month ago
      The con will continue as long as the 2 parties can keep you enslaved to hope in the lesser evil. If those voting for the lesser evil were finally awakened to how completely they have been conned by the "organized criminals" of the federal government, DC would go up in flames.
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  • Posted by tohar1 1 month ago
    It still comes back to the lyric from the Rush song "Freewill"....
    "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill. I will choose a path that's clear. I will choose free will"
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  • Posted by preimert1 1 month ago
    Please don't give up on voting, Abaco. I believe its the only voluntary action that we as citizens of a democratic republic have a duty to do. Taxes, jury duty, et al are all mandatory. I know the frustration when your on the losing side of an issue, but its not like losing a ball game where there's always next year, I am proud to say that I have never missed an opportunity to vote in 60+ years. As an independent voter, I study the candidates and ballot propositions and try to ignore the usual raucus political BS. Then I vote my conscience. Sometimes I win-sometimes I lose, but I tried.

    Recently we voted out a couple of city council members and a spend-thrift city manager. I stood up and harranged the council a every chance I got --even wrote letters to the editors of local papers. It worked!
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 month ago
    You seem like Dominique Francon; believing that good values had no chance in the world, she did not want to "soil" herself even by fighting the evil. But as it was, she was mistaken. And what makes you think your vote won't count at all? Because there are so few of us? Numbers start with Number One, then there is Number Two, etc. If you are living in a near-Socialist state, there are other states in the country. Do not give way to despair. And you are not alone in the world, with no one to have the same values you do.
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  • Posted by hvance 1 month ago
    Let's not forget that by voting you are giving consent/approval, for someone to pass laws that can be detrimental to you. Until the collectionist class is removed they will continue to impose laws and taxes that strangle us.
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  • Posted by term2 1 month ago
    I am going to postulate that we citizens are being manipulated into "voting". The argument for voting is that our freedoms are subject to who wins some number of elections. Our freedoms should never even be up for grabs in an election in the USA. The choice is often between freedoms being eroded today or tomorrow (democrat or republican). False choices.

    I do think also that WAY too much of our attention is paid to government in general. Government is NOT the end-all in our country on a day to day basis. The decisions we all make every day are what decides our personal fate, and should be more important and take our attention.

    I am tired of watching all these ads fro politicians. The only thing I really want of the less than 50% of the current politicians we actually need is for them to manage the money we give them most efficiently to run the government.
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    • Posted by  $  Solver 1 month ago
      It’s not a problem with voting. It’s about what is allowed to be voted on. It’s about the majority deciding which minority should be robbed next.

      Voting to take the unearned is insanely easy.
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      • Posted by term2 1 month ago
        I would agree with that. Today, it always seems to be voting to see whose ox will be gored. I feel like I am on the defensive all the time, given that I have oxen and the mob wants them
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    • Posted by 1 month ago
      This is EXACTLY what I've been saying. I'm watching people around me lose their minds over what politicians are doing, elections, etc.

      There are two new religions in the U.S.....one of them is politics.
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      • Posted by term2 1 month ago
        I think politics has degenerated into who is going to take what from who. Anything you work for is subject to being expropriated and given to a "poor waif as declared by the leftists". I just vote now to delay the inevitable a little longer. Probably 2020 will bring out and out socialism and much higher taxation on all levels.
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  • Posted by GaryL 1 month ago
    I live in NY and I already know these knuckleheads will reelect the same useless liberals who are and have been destroying this great state for a very long time. I vote with just one thought in my mind. My vote cancels out the vote of some idiot and it makes me feel much better.
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    • Posted by mccannon01 1 month ago
      Well said, GaryL. I'm currently stuck in the Peoples Republic of NY as well. I also cast a cancelling vote if for no other reason than to let the looters know there still remains some opposition to their takeover.

      Anyway, in the DC swamp it appears what remains of Free America held on to the Senate, but the Communists tipped the House.
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      • Posted by GaryL 1 month ago
        Actually not a bad outcome at all. The Congress was and still will be useless with or without the republican majority. A bunch of RINOs are now packing their bags if they weren't already. Congress can't really do squat if the Senate and/or President disagrees. The best part is DJT has free rain to appoint judges all over the country and those are lasting appointments. Obama and Opra found out the magic wand is DJTs spine!
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    • Posted by Exitstageright 1 month ago
      Good ole New York, where the first hints of "social credit scores" may be making an appearance…

      From CBS:

      Two New York lawmakers are working to draft a bill that would propose a social media check before a gun purchase. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and state Senator Kevin Palmer’s proposal would allow authorities to review three years of social media history and one year of internet search history of any person seeking to purchase a firearm.

      People gladly surrender freedom (and privacy) if they think it makes them safer… especially if they think it also helps lower their mortgage payments or get more freebies. I used to bet that this is not the case in America. But if a socialist wins in Texas to be a senator, all bets are off.
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