Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
But that would take EFFORT . . . . .
Sierra Wilson proposes an impossible task for us. It is not possible in the
present environment to even know the truth about one candidate let alone
several. Unless we know the candidate personally and have spent time with him,
we cannot know anything about candidates except what someone else tells us. Most
of what we hear from others will be lies and at least half truths. I would wish that there was an entity, group or source that would rate all
candidates on the basis of their record of performance on issues such as people,
business, religion or what ever. And then have those as a one vote option on
the ballot. Having nothing to do with my being lazy, I would like
for government to run and do it’s job with as little effort on my part as
possible. I have more important things to do for myself and my kin.
I have been an independent liberal all my life, my first election was
McGovern/Nixon, and I moved to Utah shortly after. The writer implores people
to not vote straight ticket, and to try and determine what each candidate
represents. After voting faithfully in some 20 Utah election cycles, I have
come to the absolute conclusion that Utah Republicans march in lockstep to a
rigidly conservative ideology, and theology. The isolated political gems in
Utah are Democrats, so I am guilty and not lazy of voting straight party
Democrat for 40 years to try and infuse some diversity into a state I love. I
believe we are making some small inroads in spite of very obvious gerrymandering
by the republicans.
When I play Keno at the machines, which keeps me occupied while my wife shops,
if the numbers don't pay off you have a choice. You can vote straight
ticket (repeat the bet) or choose new. Choosing new is almost always better.
One button - Straight Party voting.Perfect for Single Party,
Totalitarian Regimes such as Nazi Germany, Communist China, North Korea, Iran
and Cuba.Utah is only one [Repblican dominated closed door
legislative meeting] step away from closing that last little nagging loop-hope
in our democratic process.
@HutteriteThe Keno book says stay on the same numbers, and let them
come to you, rather than jumping around.So the keno analogy doesn't
really work here.
Ban straight party voting. Force us all to vote for individuals. A good place to
start for a true democracy.
Funny how certain "conservative" republicans who post regularly say
ignorant people shouldn't be allowed to vote because they don't know
or undertand or research the issues -- and yet, It's their same
ones who'll show up and blindly cast one vote for their party without
taking one second to investigate WHO it is they are actually voting for.Talk about blind ignorance, and the power of voting!
Thank you, Sierra. People who voted a straight ticket didn't perform their
civic duty, they abdicated it.
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