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02/22/2004
Entry: "To vote or not to vote..."

Hmmm...Help me out here my peoples....
The other day I got into a rather "heated" discussion with a co-worker concerning the right to vote and whether or not the act of not voting was in itself an unforgivable evil. Any input on the subject from you guys would be most appreciated. Let me define the two opposing points of view if I may:
co-worker's point of view:
"Everyone should vote regardless of whether or not they like a candidate because our people died trying to vote, they lost their lives attempting to exercise their right to vote and besides, if you don't vote then you have no right to complain about anyone in office or participate in the freedoms other citizens enjoy."

my point of view:
" I do not believe that the act of not voting is a greater evil in itself. I myself can not vote for a person if I do not agree with their principles or their platform. I know my forefathers died trying to vote, but for me it would be unthinkable to cast a vote for someone for the mere sake of saying I voted. Or to vote for someone because they are the lesser of two evils. I think by not voting for somone who does not move me sends a far more powerful and meaningful signal from me that I do not accept the staus quo. Sure if I do not vote then I shouldn't complain about who's in office and I don't. But at least my conscience will remain free that I didn't help to elect a complete fool. Now of course I urge everyone to vote if you believe the person you are voting for can improve your lot in life, etc., but don't vote just for the sake of it. If you do vote, then vote intelligently and not as part of some mass hysteria...and if you don't vote by lieu of not being moved by the hype, then hold your head up and be proud that you still make a difference.

Now what's your spin on this issue? What is more important to you? To vote for the sake of voting regardless of whether you believe in somone or to not vote if necessary if neither candidate is moving your heart?

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Replies:
6 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.


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on Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 @ 09:18 AM EST
j.o.y. said

hey greggy. cool eh?

far as voting goes, i don't think it's a sin. well, i KNOW it's not a sin. but i think it's a WASTE "not" to vote. people did go thru a lot of trouble so that we could have that right.

i wish more of OUR people would get our there and at least come 2gether and vote. we r a strong majority in many cases and our votes DO count. we can make changes. hehe

that's just my 2 cents. wink

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on Monday, February 23rd, 2004 @ 09:28 PM EST
siana said

I agree with YOU homie, but I do however think its a sin to just complain and cause ruckus with regard to the govt if you aren't doing anything about it. Voting for specific candidates isn't the only way to participate.

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on Monday, February 23rd, 2004 @ 03:39 AM EST
Shanti said

hey greggy! i think you are completely right. you have the RIGHT to vote, and to vote for a person who you don't have faith in, would be stupid. hyprocrite maybe. you should only do it if you really believe in it yourself, and not vote cuz other think you should, and because of the past!

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on Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 @ 10:39 PM EST
Carla said

Greggy, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have nothing else to add because you have said it all by far!

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on Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 @ 03:30 PM EST
Cheryl said

Hey this is awfully pretty Greggy! I love the snowy trees. Such talent!
Now in regards to voting. I ALWAYS have heated debates over this issue. When people tell me that there isn't any reason to vote, and that they don't vote, I get upset. I've even fallen out with a few folks behind it. Why? I'll give you an example: I didn't necessarily like Al Gore, but I sure as hell don't like G.W. Bush. I'm a democrat and I like the policies of my party in regards to helping the lower classes survive, providing for the elderly, the homeless, etc.
Everytime a Republican is in office, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer. Bush gave a tax credit to the wealthy and gave the poor a tax check that has to be charged against them on the next return. Go figure. Republicans believe that war helps our economy. As you can see, it doesn't. Republicans set minorities back at least 25 years or more everytime they are in office.
Overall, I don't like any candidate 100 percent. But you have to weigh the historical policies of each party and determine which party helped you and your ancestors, plus benefits your children and grandkids the most. I agree that those who gave their lives to vote didn't necessarily believe that we have to vote in every election, but gave their lives so that we would have the RIGHT TO if we WANT to. I personally believe that during every presidential election we should all vote irregardless of the personality of the candidate, but for the party that best supports our economical needs and value of life. As a democracy we have the ability to make sure that our elected leader provides for our needs. But if you don't do anything about it, then nothing will change. Right now 'we' are struggling because a Republican is in office. We should make sure that one is NOT in office in the next election or this economy will only get worse, epecially for the lower classes. Unless you like George Dubya and his economic policies, I suggest we ALL vote. I don't like the fact that he's tinkering around with Mars while a large portion of the unemployed are about to lose their jobless benefits. And what about Osama? I could add so much more Greggy, but I think I made my point.
Good topic!

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on Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 @ 02:28 PM EST
Gurl said

well really I think it's up to the person..voting is after all a personal right to use or not as a person see's fit..just my $.02

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