Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vote or STFU

Okay, folks, everyone on stage for the big Democracy number.

This is it.  If you haven’t already voted, get out there.  If you know people who need a ride or help getting to the polling place, do it.  If you have to work, tell your boss that you need to come in late or leave early.  (In fact, in a lot of states, it’s required for employers to grant their employees time off to vote without penalty.)  If you’re registered and you have the wherewithal to do it, then do it.  No excuses.

And for those of you who are of a mind that your vote doesn’t count, or they’re all crooks, or there’s no difference between candidates, or you’re not going to buy into the whole establishment trip of going through the motions of “democracy” when we all know that it’s really controlled by some secret organization that watches and manipulates our every move and it’s all futile and you want no part of it, vote anyway.  Piss off the mind controllers for once.

Democracy is messy.  It’s supposed to be.  It’s designed by people, run by people, and people are human, prone to error, ego, and limited vision at times.  That’s why we elect people to do things and help organize and make things work for all of us.  Sometimes they screw up.  Sometimes they’re in it just for themselves or those they want to impress.  But it eventually works out and most of the time for the better.  This experiment of America has been doing all right for the last 236 years or so, and we’re getting pretty good at it.  And every so often — every two years, as a matter of fact — you get a chance to actually do something about it.  And if it’s not exactly to your liking, then make it work.  It’s up to you.

Or, as TBogg explains:

Every year in Happy Gumdrop Fairy-Tale Land all of the sprites and elves and woodland creatures gather together to pick the Rainbow Sunshine Queen. Everyone is there: the Lollipop Guild, the Star-Twinkle Toddlers, the Sparkly Unicorns, the Cookie-Baking Apple-Cheeked Grandmothers, the Fluffy Bunny Bund, the Rumbly-Tumbly Pupperoos, the Snowflake Princesses, the Baby Duckies All-In-A-Row, the Laughing Babies, and the Dykes on Bikes. They have a big picnic with cupcakes and gumdrops and pudding pops, stopping only to cast their votes by throwing Magic Wishing Rocks into the Well of Laughter, Comity, and Good Intentions. Afterward they spend the rest of the night dancing and singing and waving glow sticks until dawn when they tumble sleepy-eyed into beds made of the purest and whitest goose down where they dream of angels and clouds of spun sugar.

You don’t live there.

Grow the fuck up.

Now get out there and vote.

7 barks and woofs on “Vote or STFU

  1. I just got back from voting at my local elementary school. I had no problems, and very short wait. It was very busy on this cold, crisp Ohio morning. I hate the computer thing, because I do not trust them, but if I wanted a paper ballot, it would be provisional, and our buddy Jon Husted, may not count it! So I voted by the computer. Now, I am left to eagerly anticipate the results. I will stay up all night if necessary. I don’t want to miss Obama’s acceptance speech!

  2. Ballot 192 at my polling place this morning. Parking was awful, but the line (though long) moved smoothly. Only 30 mins late this morning to the office – not bad, considering.

    FYI this beats BLEEP out of the experience I had in Ybor in 2008. Smooth, orderly, no screw-ups. This despite 30-something temps.

  3. I voted this morning and it took 1 hour and 5 minutes. About 15 minutes of that were used to actually vote. Even though I had reviewed the ballot and had my cheat shteet the ballot was 5 pages, doublesided, so it took some time just to fill-in the little bubbles. It had 11 state Constitutional amendments plus numerous local charter amendments, straw ballot votes, judges to retain or turn out, and of course state and national govenment choices.

  4. Yeehaw! I’m higher than a kite! Love voting! My polling place is one block away. I walked over, did my duty, and came home…all in 20 minutes. There were 7 or 8 voting stations, all were full, and one of the judges said turn-out was steady but no lines. I was voter #346 out of ±700 registered voters in the precinct.

    The MN ballot has a voter ID and one-man-one-woman marriage amendment proposal on it. Of course, I voted “no” on both.

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