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Originally posted by MemoryShock
Originally posted by SuperSecretSquirrel
If you didn't vote, then don't complain. Ballots have a space where you can "write in" anyone you choose so you don't have to pick the lesser of the two evils.
I will complain. Personally, I think the system is both flawed and constructed in such a fashion as to dissuade the avaerage voter to actually think about the issues.
Just listen to the speeches and debates. All based in idealogical expression without any attention to the specifing how policy will effect various regions; there is no real attention to the heart of any issue save to express in a manner that will appeal to the most voters.
I ask ATS this question:
If the entire campaign season is designed from both major parties merely to appeal to the desires of an average (and arguably ignorant to the issues) voter, then does it really make any difference what happens after the election?
My point is that the campaigns are designed to tell the people what they want to hear. Actions during office seem to be be a different story...
So, in summation, I will complain, because I don't think the issue is with which 'president' we get. The issue is how our political structure communicates with the population.
That cliche is now put to rest, in my opinion.
Originally posted by truthquest
HOWEVER, any individual who does not go to the polls and vote for at least a third party candidate is A BAD CITIZEN. It is your duty as a citizen of the United States to use the polls to ensure your voice is heard.
Originally posted by mattifikation
reply to post by truthquest
That doesn't even make sense. It doesn't make a difference when you vote, but if you don't do it, you're a bad citizen? Your claim that you vote to make your voice heard is absolutely laughable. That was never the purpose of voting, which is why voting is technically anonymous - nobody can go pull up a record of who you voted for (supposedly.)
The purpose of voting, was in fact, to make a difference. It does not make a difference. Not because of electoral colleges, not because of the vast number of voters, not because of fraud. It makes no difference because our system is set up so that the candidates aren't actually different. Voting in America is like getting to choose whether you're going to be hung or beheaded.
In regards to your insistence that we make our voice heard: There are millions of ways to make your voice heard, and nearly all of them are louder than anonymously ticking off your preference for the "rock" or the "hard place."
Originally posted by Solarskye
If you really want to make a difference then get involved with your community and even in politics. The only reason the system is what it is, is because we the people hope and talk about change and we even vote for it but we don't change it ourselves. Six million people on this planet and we trust a thousand or so to rule the world. No wonder there's corruption everywhere. There's no checks & balances to make sure these politicians do the right thing. It doesn't matter if you vote or not, what matters is if you do for yourself and others instead of living off assistants. It's not a right to vote, it's a privledge and an individual can choose to use it or not.
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