Should Everyone Vote

No!

In answer to the question should everybody vote I have made my reply. The kind of people I want to vote are those who will say to themselves,"Does a topic make sense or does it play to my emotions? I want people who vote to know that bond measures are city and state governments borrowing money. I want people who vote to know the Republicans party was the party of Fredrick Douglas and Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights. Democrats used to be the respectable politicians. I want them to know it was about the time of Franklin D Roosevelt all that began to shift.

I want people who vote to know what is in the constitution and not what the people in the news pass for the constitution. Look for original writings of the founders instead of what a reporter says.about what the founders said.

I want people who vote to know that until 1913 the US Constitution forbid the federal government from levying income tax. I want people to know the mantra promoting this heinous change to our constitution was, "Taxation of the rich". Well I am not rich and I pay half my income in one form of tax or another each year. Look at your pay stub and all the other bills like your utilities and phone bills, notice the government has placed fees, aka taxes, above and beyond your income tax. Oh, don't forget sales and property taxes. How frequently have you voted to let the government raise taxes for a good cause, like education, then grumbled when your property tax increased. How come school suffer when you are still paying those property taxes. Did the money not really go to education?

Who holds the government accountable for the money they spend. Nobody!

I want people who vote to ask questions like

  1. Isn't there something the government can cut besides education, police, fire, the military, and social security?
  2. How come government keeps making more laws without enforcing the laws we already have? .
  3. Why do you believe, what you believe, about what you hear on the news?

Last Thirteen Presidents

People who vote should know who are the Democrats and who are the Republican

  1. Barack H. Obama (D) Two terms
  2. George W. Bush (R) Two terms
  3. Bill Clinton (D) Two terms
  4. George H. W. Bush (R) One term
  5. Ronald Reagan (R) Two terms
  6. Jimmy Carter (D) One term
  7. Gerald Ford(R) Part of one term The only president to never be elected.
  8. Richard Nixon (R) One and part one term
  9. Lyndon Johnson (D) Part of Kenndys term and one of his own
  10. John F. Kennedy (D) Part of one term
  11. Dwight Eisenhower (R) Two terms
  12. Harry Truman (D). The remainder of Roosevelt's third term and one of his own
  13. Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) Two terms and part of a third term

* Source material ASK.com

These men for the most part became wealthy because of their hard work.

These are the men who have governed our nation for the last 80 years.

Congress

Do you know anything about your congressmen and women? You should. What do you know about the bills you are being asked to vote for? Do you get your information completely from the radio and television? The internet is a good place to get information. Frequently we all get into a rut of only reading from one source. I have tried not to be biased, I just want voters to be informed. Vote with you mind not your emotions. If you see a puppy or small child in a campaign advertisement what is the ad aimed at? Ask questions. Call your congressmen and women. If you don't have time to do it now. Will you have time when the Internal Revenue Service takes your entire life saving on the off chance you didn't pay your taxes. The IRS assumes you are guilty until proven innocent. They don't have to have a court order to take your money, ransack your house or delve unto your personal life.


Voting Quiz

Information

Need information? The Heritage Foundation since 1973 has been a think tank that gives information on what is happening in our government. I like Britebart.com , but read the Huffington Post and various news papers as well. When your voters guide comes read it with trepidation. I was intrigued with the introduction from the last voters guide sent out by the state of California. They apparently don't check the information,individuals submit, for accuracy. Much of the booklet is opinion. Please be alert and shift through your voting materials carefully.

Identification Required To Vote?

If identification is required to cash a check, go to the doctor, get a library card, get stopped by a policeman, buy alcohol, board an airplane, or get on welfare how inconvenient is it to produce identification when voting.

I really do want people to vote. In the 40 years that I have been eligible to vote I have never missed an election. It took almost an act of congress to get a ballot when we were stationed overseas, but it happened.

You may not think only one vote matters, but as the saying goes:

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost.

For the want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For the want of the horse the solider was lost

For the want of the solider the war was lost.

You are important! You can think!

Please be someone who goes deeper than the issue you are voting on. Look at the reason for a bond measure or initiative being on the ballot. Emotions lie. Try to vote because you understand the purpose your vote will accomplish. Try not to be fearful and vote on something just because you are nearing retirement, or you have school loans, or you know someone who had an abortion or is gay, or you have children in school,or you have a child who needs a loan for college. Please look at the big picture.

If you put band-aids on a head wound you won't stop the bleeding even though it feels like you are doing something productive. Think about this, if you vote band-aids (school bonds) for school districts that are not managing money well or are so encumbered by government mandates they can't teach reading or math do you help the students? If you vote your opinion on taxes to prevent global will the money go to that purpose? If you raise the ...you get the idea. Every item, or person who's name is on a ballot has a purpose for being there. Know the purpose behind the measure. Vote considering how seldom agencies that are created are ever abolished regardless of their efficiency.

There is another election coming somewhere hopefully you are prepared to look for the ideas behind the people and bills on your ballot.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for The info on the Heritage Foundation.I do worry about so many biased opinions out there!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

I agree with most of what you say...can a presidencial election be won or lost on just one vote? Wouldn't there be a recount with the result definitely changing.

Democrat, Republican; Conservative or Labor, they all seem to come from the same egg today. I can't really speak of your nation, but in Britain, it's all about protecting the very wealthy and blatantly taxing the middle class and poor.

Bob


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

No, not everone should vote, only informed people should vote. But, there is the rub. The definition of informed often boils down to "those who share my opinion" and vote the way I do. Not all newspapers are so slanted that an intelligent voter can't see which way they lean. Televison news is little more than headlines, lacking depth. Many Americans seem to get their news and their views from talk radio, and we know where the slant is there. Most of it is half-truths, that is the part that is not outright lies. We need to look at a variety of news sources to get a balanced picture. I am a huge fan of NPR personally, and I suppose that labels me (we have to have labels don't we) as a left-leaning citizen, one who has voted on every occasion offered and will continue to do so. One question though, are you saying that the Heritage Foundation is an unbiased think tank? This hub is interesting and raises many questions in this important election year. And I do read newpapers and some online news as well.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Engaging hub - really enjoyed it! You're right about a many things, however, what makes our country great is that every USA citizen is allowed to vote.

Interesting hub - voted such

John


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very interesting topic. I never miss an opportunity to vote. Thank you for researched info..


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Rebeccamealy- Thanks for visiting ;)

Diogenes- The US has quiet a history of coming on top because of one vote. December 6, 1941 one senator that voted against disarming our military thus avoiding quite a difficulty.

Life would be very boring if one believes they don't matter.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

xstatic- I too listen to NPR and and a wide variety of other new sources. I don't agree with every bit of information I acquire. Still it's important to have a wide variety sources. They all are biased, but biased when something is factual is not necessarily a bad thing.

I am very honored you stopped in today.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

always exploring :) I agree never miss a chance to vote. The subject was amazing. I researched this I in tears most of the time as I relearned about the amazing men who have been president of the is great country. I also corrected some of my impressions about Eisenhower and Ford.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

John- Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

This is a great hub, very informative and useful for sure. Thanks for taking the time to research all of this. Yes, we all should not take for granted our right to vote, but most importantly, we need to be informed prior to voting!!! Well said. Faith Reaper


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

I wish all voters could look at this hub. You were quite revealing and terse at it. We would be wiser to vote with our heads. Well done. Voted up and useful


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Great hub. God Bless You.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Anjili- You are so correct. Sometimes I get a little too terse.

Stars439-thanks for stopping


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Good poit of view!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Angela Brummer, Thank you for visiting.


geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

My vote is you NEED to vote but ,please, vote only after you become well informed. NOT just by one side or the other but listen to both and be as fully informed as you can be.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

geordmc- You are right everyone needs to vote. Being fully informed has become a serious challenge here in California. There are 23 people running for the Senate. With our new open voting the state will only vote for Democrats. No one else can mount a campaign.

Thanks so much for visiting.


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Good article. It is truly amazing just how many people there are that know nothing about politics, their politicians, or what is going on in their own states, country or globally.

It is no wonder that these shysters have managed to overtake our government. The ill informed are on both sides of the isle. Fox news is the holy bible of the right. There really is nothing equivalent on the left. Talk show hosts are the very last that should be influencing the public. Their job is to rile people up, and gain popularity amongst the most fanatical audiences.

The only hope for our future is to have a strong Independent party emerge from the ashes, but that would not sell to the sensationalism seekers, so not very likely to happen.

Voting is questionable these days also, with the sophisticated computer hackers who can alter the outcomes of any election with just the click of a few buttons, and no one making any concerted effort to make them safer to use, or go back to a voting system that has actual pieces of paper to look at and re-count. We are surrounded by corruption, the misinformed, and the under educated.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Very interesting hub and good information about voting. Thanks.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

d.williaams, Greetings from as far left as you can get and still be in the U.S. I am headed to my 40th high school reunion tomorrow. I turned 18 2 weeks before the 1972 presidential election. The charismatic politician, who came to my civics class, who won all our votes, is still in office. He sounds like a fool, acts like a fool, has a reputation of being nasty, even by Washington standards. After several redistricting this politician is back in my area again. Hopefully I can help him leave office this year. With him for a rep I learned to pay attention rather quickly. I wish more people would learn about what they are voting about before they vote.


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Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

I agree but at least you have to be 18 and a citizen to vote which is more than we can say for becoming a parent.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Christine, So true. Glad you stopped and commented.


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John-Rose 4 years ago from USA

Wow, I have read quite a few hubs the last couple off days and this one knocked me on my bum. I had to take some notes, because there was soo much good information. I also had to send out a Tweet.

I do follow the news, but I make sure to watch all of the channels. I also know to take their "news" with a grain of salt, because the major news channels are so biased. I like twitter and people's blogs better,

Because I think that they are more truthful.

Thanks for the hub,

John


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks John for visiting and following. I loved researching this hub. America is a great country and we have great roll models if we just look for them. Blessing.

Must of been another John Rose. He was Navy at TI.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

Great Hub, tireless! I cannot believe there are states that don't require a valid ID to vote. It should be a requirement. The far left paints it as disenfranchisement of certain segments of the population. What has become of common sense?


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

lindacee, The most terrifying thing is most of the swing states don't have I.D. requirements. Virginia tried to enact one and the courts struck it down. In Ohio the left is bringing people into early voting. Josh Mandrell is an amazing young man running for senate there and he may be beaten by these people. Are they registered, yes, legally, well.....

Sorry about the rant.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

No apologies required, tireless. It's an very rant-able subject!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I also agree that since we have to provide ID's for so many other reasons, it makes perfect sense that in order to vote, it should be mandatory. We want to assure that all votes are legitimate. Now as to your main question...yes...all people have the right to vote (if qualified) but if they do not have the interest it is just as well they do not vote. Just don't complain after the elections as to results!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Peggy W. nice to see you. I have stood in lines for the pharmacy and watched person after person of all varieties of people produce ID.

The argument that people don't have ID's just doesn't fly with me.

One of my sons sat me down yesterday and said O.K. We are going through the voter book. He's the most likely to become rich. He disagreed with me on one of the measures and We both need to go back and do some more research on a county measure. His brother said, "Fill my booklet out and I will talk with you about it when I am not taking a test." I was amazed. These guys are not going to sit around and take the fall for the mess Washington and Sacramento have made. I am proud of them.

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