Tuesday, September 23, 2008

If you're voting, I'm not letting you drink clean water or drive on public roads.

Hey guys, it's election time again. It's about that time when I become completely obsessed with the civic process (as evidenced in recent blogs).

If you're not clued in, we vote on November 4, 2008, and the last day to register to be part of this important election is OCTOBER 6. If you're registered and voting, then I say, right on, sista, brotha, trangenda, whateva. If you're not registered, you need to get on the ball.

I know I mentioned Hobbes in a former post; brought up the social contract. If that didn't compute, basically, if you don't vote, you are not controlling where tax money goes, and we pay taxes so that we have drivable roads, and clean drinking water, garbage pick-up, and infrastructure, among a slew of other things. Voting also allows us control over those who control our nation. Good leadership is integral in running a nation - this seems like common sense, and yet we continue to elect those with weak leadership skills. We need educated, intelligent people to run this country, people better than us (yes all of us), people with more policy knowledge, people who speak more languages, who understand gigantic budgets and offer better diplomatic appeal to foreign leaders (for more on my perspective on this, check out the comment I left Alesh recently; scroll down to Liz).

For instructions on voting, click here. Click here for the actual registration application, or go to your local library. It's easy enough that ANY American can do it. If you need help, leave me a comment here, and I'll contact you and drive you myself to get registered.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://brightideasgroupblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/matt-taibbis-lies-of-sarah-palin.html

- Rog

LIZ said...

I really find the fact that the Republicans even have the balls to run in this election, after what they've contributed to the economy and diplomacy over the past 8 years, offensive.

How about this paragraph?
"The truly disgusting thing about Sarah Palin isn’t that she’s totally unqualified, or a religious zealot, or married to a secessionist, or unable to educate her own daughter about sex, or a fake conservative who raised taxes and porked up earmark millions every chance she got. No, the most disgusting thing about her is what she says about us: That you can ram us in the ass for eight solid years, and we’ll not only thank you for your trouble, we’ll sign you up for eight more years, if only you promise to stroke us in the right spot for few hours around election time."
The Lies of Sarah Palin, by Matt Taibbi

Anonymous said...

It's a sad, sad, sad indictment on the nation as a whole. Hopefully people make the responsible decision and select someone that realizes the Herculean tasks ahead as well as someone who will, you know, actually live out their term???

I wish Obama could so mercilessly tear a new asshole into all that bullshit the way Taibbi does without having to hide behind a veil of 'sportsmanship'.

- Rog

Emily Sue said...

Another thing from the Taibbi piece that sums up everything wrong with politics today:
"The great insight of the Palin VP choice is that huge chunks of American voters no longer even demand that their candidates actually have policy positions; they simply consume them as media entertainment, rooting for or against them according to the reflective prejudices of their demographic, as they would for a reality-show contestants or sitcom characters."