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February 5th, 2008

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From:jason_brez
Date:February 5th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
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How does my vote matter?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:February 5th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
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A heap of sand from which one grain has been removed is still a heap of sand.

A heap of sand from which all grains have been removed is nothing.

Take your grain of sand and put it somewhere useful.

Moo.
From:jason_brez
Date:February 5th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm not trying to be deliberately obtuse here. When I'm deliberately obtuse, you'll know it, i wear a strange hat.
This always seems to be the argument; that, somehow, my vote matters as part of a larger whole. But i don't see how it does. One grain of sand more, one grain of sand less, the pile remains.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:February 5th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
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One grain of sand more, one grain of sand less, the pile remains.

That's right.
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From:stankow
Date:February 5th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
(falsely attributed to Edmund Burke, but still a pretty damn good quote)
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From:aaronjv
Date:February 6th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
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Your vote for the President matters about as much as the gravitational force your own body emanates effects the orbit of the Earth. It does, but not very much.

However, there are MANY more items on a ballot than the Presidential election. This election was relatively small, with only seven state propositions and one city prop (for Los Angeles). Still, each vote on those issues exerts a stronger pull. In some cases, I would not be surprised that some measure tipped one way or another just by a few hundred votes. I know there was a legislature (federal senator?) race in Washington that was extremely close, down to a few thousand. It went Democratic, giving the Dems the majority in the Senate.

Those local issues DO have a direct effect on you. If the fireworks ban for Inglewood gets passed (though at last look, I don't think it will, yay!), that means Mike and Becca's 3rd of July parties will just have BBQ and drinking, instead of sprakly explosives. And who wants that? So people need to vote.

Does your one vote matter? Ask yourself this:

Do you clap your hands or cheer at a concert or sporting event? Why? Everyone else will do it for you. And if you do, I imagine it's because you yourself enjoy the spectacle unfolding, and you wish to acknowledge or congratulate the performers. Same thing with voting. I want to say that "I support YOU, and what YOU are doing, you greedy and corrupt politician."

Personally, I vote mainly for the local issues, but hell, while I'm there, it's no big deal to push one more ink spot onto a ballot. I also thoroughly enjoy showing off my "Atheist" or "Christianity is Stupid. Give up." T-shirts when dealing with volunteer poll workers. I didn't wear one this year, unfortunately.

My vote is one teeny tiny way of saying "Fuck you! I will not be silenced! I am not a number, I am a free man!"

Go watch that Simpson's episode with the class president election of Bart vs. Martin:
"One for Martin. Two for Martin. Do you want a recount? One for Martin. Two for Martin. Ha!"
From:aaronjv
Date:February 6th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
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"affects the Earth." Whoops.

From:jason_brez
Date:February 6th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
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I think that in honor of your icon, we need to hear from Spider regarding elections and voting.



And now that we have that cleared up, to address your points.

Clap at entertainment events? I'm from Los Angeles, I stand at the back with my arms folded and watch in boredom as the performers caper onstage and play with dildoes.

I don't support the system. That's my main problem. I'm an anarchist. And I feel that by voting, I am support a system that I feel is corrupt and repressive.

Your point about an individual vote mattering more in local affairs is well taken. If I were to vote, it would be in local elections only.

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From:misskaz
Date:February 5th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Man, your sticker is way cooler than my stupid ballot receipt.

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From:essentialsaltes
Date:February 5th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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It's not my sticker. I just hotlinked someone else's nifty sticker. But the sticker I *do* have is still better than your receipt.
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From:ladyeuthanasia
Date:February 5th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Me, too! (Absentee ballot, in fact.)
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From:the_undertow
Date:February 5th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
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my you've blossomed over the years.
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:February 5th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
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You know it!

Actually, that's my pal, bonniedelight.
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From:the_undertow
Date:February 5th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
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well thats disappointing.
she is quite a looker though!
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From:bonniedelight
Date:February 9th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
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Thank you! Bonnie

Journal of No. 118