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Thankee. We forget how much we risk by taking government to granted, methinks

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I vote for many reasons. I will cheerfully admit my father's tendency to mutter "They should never have given you people (i.e. women) the vote" probably plays a factor. It's not all of it, but it makes me smile.

The world is a complex place. I voted Friday (we have early voting here) and I was pleased to see the place wasn't deserted. This year a lot of people are emotionally invested in the elections. I want to make sure we have a president at least marginally brighter than myself before I die. Among many other things.

I can remember when voting was a long and excrusiating process. All done by hand. I grew up in a small town, yet people who'd known me all my life would check my ID again and again and again.

It's easier today. We have the 'net to help with research. If a person doesn't have at least one point or issue which matters deeply to them then I don't want to know that person. Too shallow for me.

Voting is good.


There are many reasons to vote :) I think there is a sense of hope in the recent American elections that hasn't been there for a while

In the modern world - being ignorant of all issues (or worse, indifferent, is several kinds of inexcusable)

In the modern world - being ignorant of all issues (or worse, indifferent, is several kinds of inexcusable)

I don't understand a person not having at least one issue that really matters to them. I have a lot of them, including some I suspect no government can help which is I'm afraid I'm surrounded by a sea of shallow people.

President-elect Obama (I LOVE TYPING THAT) said in his acceptance speech that we would likely not always agree and this is true. He has said he's against same sex marriage and I don't understand that. Just a few years before his own parents married that marriage would've been illegal in a lot of states and it's the same thing. Whether it's keeping people of different races or the same sex from marrying, it's legislating against love and that. Is. Wrong.

But the difference and the source of hope, for me, is that he's not a patronizing and smug politician who thinks he knows better than the little people who just exist to vote for him and keep him employed. He will listen. He may not come around (I wish he would just as I wish he will listen to Al Gore on the environment) but he will at least listen.

Therein lies hope. I use my Bono icon in his honor. ;)

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