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    Do you plan to vote?

    I tell people that voting is like being a prisoner in a penitentiary. Every four years the prisoners get to vote for the warden. One candidate for the job promises larger cells for the inmates; the other promises improved food in the cafeteria and, perhaps, longer exercise time. Whichever candidate gets the most votes will be the next warden. It is understood, however, that the inmates will remain in prison; getting to secede from the system is not an option for them.

    I'm through with voting.

    At least I can say I declined to consent to any of this....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    I'm through with voting.
    I think I am too. So many times I wish I could take my vote back!

    "Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good."
    --H. L. Mencken


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    I'll be voting for sure. There is this Green Party too,I'll see what their format is. I usually don't decide till I get in the booth and consider mysel an independent voter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post

    I'm through with voting.
    Me too in general elections, except that I might continue to vote in local elections.
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    I don't vote for Democrats or Republicans as a rule. I will vote for other candidates if their positions make sense

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    Election day is the ONLY time the government has to listen to us. I vote every chance I get. I feel that if you don't vote, then don't gripe. When cigarrette smoking was banned in most public places here in town, all the smokers bitched about it but few bothered to vote. I personally don't smoke and don't want to be around it. I vote on smoking with my wallet and patronized places that didn't allow smoking. I support smokers right to ruin their own health since they are adults and can make their own, even if questionable, decisions. By not voting, you allow the nanny state to become more persistent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    Election day is the ONLY time the government has to listen to us. I vote every chance I get. I feel that if you don't vote, then don't gripe. When cigarrette smoking was banned in most public places here in town, all the smokers bitched about it but few bothered to vote. I personally don't smoke and don't want to be around it. I vote on smoking with my wallet and patronized places that didn't allow smoking. I support smokers right to ruin their own health since they are adults and can make their own, even if questionable, decisions. By not voting, you allow the nanny state to become more persistent.
    C'mon, Paul!

    The government doesn't listen to us as individuals (unless we're extremely rich, of course) and hasn't in a long, long time. It listens to pleaders, special interests, corporations and the uber-rich ... people/groups who seek to use the police power of the government to impose their will on others, or to take their money from them; to gain some unnatural economic advantage, etc.

    Do you disagree?

    It is not interested in the least in people who simply want to be left in peace to live their lives - in the people (not many of us left) who seek to be protected from the depredations of the first group listed above. There's no profit - or power - in it.

    There is no real choice.

    No matter who you vote for, the government (and corporations) wins. Every time.

    Have you not noticed this? We have a duopoly state that serves the corporations - and itself. It grows and becomes ever more pervasive and corrupt and expensive, regardless of the party or the particular puppets in power. This is becoming obvious even to the most obtuse.

    As far as "don't vote, don't gripe":

    By voting, you endorse this system. Nothing changes, except that we get more government and more corporate plundering.

    The citizens of the Soviet Union could "vote," too.

    I do not endorse socialist (Democrats)or fascist-smacking corporatism (Republicans). So I don't vote, because it is a form of protest. The only peaceful means available of working to expose and delegitimize this system.

    By withholding my vote, I refuse my consent - a legitimate, honorable thing to do. So long as there is no real choice, I won't waste my time helping to legitimize this despicable system of plunder and coercion we suffer under.

    If enough people refused to vote, the system would lose the veneer of "consent of the governed" that still (sort of) exists.

    And then perhaps we could make some real changes.

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