My husband is one. He likes to rant about everything but doesn't make time to register to vote. Simply shameful! For the rest of you who don't vote, stay away from the polls if you don't follow the politics (and I don't mean John Stewart). For me, it is part of being an adult to know what is going on in my government. I try hard to discern the spin and slant from the truth.
Truth? You mean there is actually some truth emanating from Washington?
i am one of those who wont be voting this year. why? for one thing, there is not a canditate i feel i can support. two...i see what is happening in the world today, and i know we are close to the end. GOD will put who HE wants in office in order to fulfill HIS plans. if every citizen in the USA voted for romney and GOD wanted obama, obama would win. period. or vice versa. GOD is in control, not us. if there were a candidate i thought was sincere and not just out for himself, maybe i would vote. i have voted in the past. if i were to vote, i would choose the best one, not go by democrat or republican. i realized today though that many people outright hate non voters. how did i realize it? because i had a phone call with one of my sisters whom i had not talked to in 11 years. the conversation was going well until she learned i wasnt going to vote. despite telling me she loved me and missed me, she decided she could not talk to a non voter and so she ended all future communication with me. she is willing to throw away a relationship with her sister, whom she claims to love, simply because i choose not to vote. i dont rant or complain about the situation we find ourselves, i accept it as part of what must happen. but i wont vote for someone i cannot in good conscious support.
I don't know. If you could vote and don;t bother perhaps that is just as well. How informed about the candidates would a person that apathetic be?
Eh, I completely understand it. When I was in college I was too busy to even think about, let alone research and choose a good candidate. I would have felt worse had I made an uninformed decision, so I just didn't bother voting. These were mostly local elections and state elections that I didn't have time for. Most of it is out of inability to decide, for whatever reason, than not caring about the issues themselves. Many people are in a dilemma where they don't like Romney or Obama, and feel a moral obligation not to vote for just the 'lesser of two evils,' yet feel like their vote may as well be thrown out for a third party candidate: Myself included.
You have the right to vote, as an American. What you choose to do with that right is your right. Nobody else can force you to use your vote, or use it for you. Forcing people to vote would be as unconstitutional as preventing someone from voting.
I can relate to those that are apathetic because our choices are often pathetic. That said, I fall back on the saying that "those that remain silent give their consent." If you don't go to the polls, then shut up and stop complaining!
Saying things like "People who vote aren't allowed to complain" is a nonsense argument.
People who vote shouldn't be allowed to complain because they voted for this crap.
No one says complaining isn't allowed, but those who don't take steps to change things are simply sniveling whiners.
I think that they are idiots and I disengage from them if they want to talk about just about anything. I am referring solely to people who make a big deal about the fact that they refuse to vote. There are a lot of reasons why people took a break from voting or had other difficulties.
I kind of have the same attitude towards people who make a big deal out of voting. I've got a few "Rock the Vote" friends on Facebook. I have blocked them from my feed. You vote, you don't vote, that is your right, and you don't have to have a reason.
Of course, opting to vote or not is a personal choice and should never be forced. My incentive are those who gave lives and were jailed fighting for the right to do so. I guess I don't take it lightly.
There are issues on the ballot as well as candidates. At least, vote for the issues that affect you, your community, and your future. Read the law of the propositions rather than choosing based on ad propaganda. Be informed and remember that funding for the programs and improvements that sound really good will come from your own wallet through higher costs and taxes. Weigh them seriously.
If you don't/won't vote; you lose your complaining rights!
And I know several people who gripe up one side and down the other, yet admit to being non-voters. It does not make sense to me.
People who vote are responsible for perpetuating the two party system.
I would blame them before blaming those who would actively protest against it.
how about we all protest the electoral college system which allows a President to be elected that only has the support of the states who are the most populated and dependent on federal funds for shelter, food, clothing, new babies, ipods, and the latest nike shoe?
If you think that that would actually change anything, I laugh at your naivete.
When you're forced to pick between 2 people who are essentially the same, then it doesn't matter who you vote for -- you have an oligarchy.
I used to think it was terrible for people not to vote, but this year, I can kinda sorta see where they're coming from. My candidate of choice didn't win the GOP nod. I'm tired of voting for the "lesser of two evils." lol. That being said, however, I still feel that it's my duty to cast a vote.
The GOP gets the same type of candidate because they go through the same order of states to get their nominee. If they mixed things up the next time and went in a different order, I bet they'd get a different type of candidate.
You know, habee, I always thought that way too. I feel that voting is important, even vitally so. That said, in 2008, I did not vote, on purpose. I lost my candidate prior to the election and did not feel that either of the major party candidates was suitable for the job. In a way, I suppose my silence (refusal to cast a vote for a candidate I couldn't support) was just as effective in getting the winner elected, but my personal feeling is that an active support of someone I didn't believe in was more unacceptable than standing back and refusing to support either candidate. I believe that as much as we have a right to vote, and as great a privilege as it is, we have the right to withhold our support when we do not believe the candidates to be serving the best interests of the people.
Casting a ballot is a validation of the system. Until the consent of the governed is withdrawn, nothing is going to change!
I can understand if someone simply decides not to vote in a particular election. If there isn't a candidate that you feel that you can support then you shouldn't vote. I do not understand why so many people are not registered because everyone has an opinion. If you stand by an opinion then you should vote and make the effort.
They are parasites, since the possible election of the puppet of the corporatocracy Romney will affect the lower classes of the society. Obama is another puppet but with social aims. Non-voters' selfishness is incommensurable.
What? Romney a puppet? LOL. Do you not grasp that an economy, a capitalistic economy, does not thrive without all income levels in that economy thriving? Non-voter's selfishness? Obama has social aims? I think he's spent enough to accomplish any social aims he had - unfortunately, that money went elsewhere.
My statement wasn't an opening to an intimate conversation with you KFlippin. Only rational interlocutors interest me. I am pretty sure that you wouldn't enjoy my nailing you down, would you?
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