Published: Sunday, Dec. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Exactly right, Gerald. That's precisely why I passed up on voting this
year. P. J. O'Rourke also said it right with the title of his recent book
Don't Vote: It Just Encourages [them].Defenders of voting
support what is popularly known as "the two-party system." There are a
growing number of citizens who look at what we have as no more than a one-party
system that includes Republicans and Democrats. Their similarities far outnumber
their differences, and they both favor an inexorable growth of government
intrusion in our lives.Some blame the current economic malaise on
"too much liberty," but the facts show that if existing laws and
regulations had been followed, the housing crisis would never have occurred, at
least to such a great extent. Those of us who champion liberty also expect
government to do its duty in enforcing laws and upholding legal and
constitutional contracts. That's what they failed to do.When we
see a coalition of Americans who oppose the growing military-corporate empire,
who reject the concept of "too big to fail," and who seek to dismantle
crony-capitalism, then we'll see a genuine second party.
Gerald is theorizing, but it's no theory that one party did all it could in
all the states it could to lower voter turnout. You make people stand in line
for four or five hours or more at the polls, THEN produce an ID of some kind,
and you'll get what you want - fewer votes.
First of all, I would suggest that being bombarded by political ads every time
you turn on your TV set has to be something of a factor when it comes to low
voter turnout. I can't tell you how many people I know who got so sick of
the entire process they vowed never to vote again. And those ads just play to
the worst instincts of mankind--trying to scare people into voting against the
other guy. Disgusting. The Mia Love/Jim Matheson campaign exemplified the
worst of it; by the end, I wanted both of them to lose. I think Mark B. above
is also on to something; Republicans across the country tried to suppress voter
turnout. But the ultra right values the writer wants parties to reflect
were on the ballot. The Constitution Party ran a candidate. And he got about
the number of votes he should have gotten, given his views.
2 thoughts...Gary Johnson was on the ballot.Have you all
never read the Libertarian platform?
"low voter turnout"? Why there were counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania
that had 110% of the registered voters voting! That was the problem in the
recent election, not a plethora of choices.
I keep hearing stories about the 110% turnout in some places. But I
haven't seen any credible sources given for any of those stories.Stories to that effect can be found on a large number of very questionable
wing-nut websites, but have not been substantiated in any trustworthy places.If it was true, wouldn't the aggrieved political party be howling
@ DougS: Sir you have put this out before. If you would like to
back up your statement now would be a good time. So i guess what i am asking, is
that if you would please post just where you got this info. So myself and the
rest of the posters can check it out.
For one source, try NEWSMAX...
Agree 100% I didn't help the left/right oligarchy at all. I voted for Gary
Not voting is the dumbest thing a person can do. We may not have a leader that
meets everything that you hope for, but by not voting you grant the political
parties the ability to run on whatever platform the want. However, if people
vote for the most liberal or conservative canidate available, then (hopefully)
the next canidate will reflect the voting turnout.
The GOP fumbled the ball at the convention by kicking the Paulistas in the
teeth. The American people were given a virtual coin flip in the general
election, so they just chose the candidate that promised them the most favors.
As long as they think we're living in a democracy this trend will continue.
The country will not become Mad Max any time soon, but the tipping point was
crossed long ago, so we'll now witness the gradual decline of a once great
beacon of liberty.
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