A poll of unlikely voters

I suspect they’d sound like Deb:

[A]s for the argument that it’s somehow un-American not to vote, I’d say it’s un-American to shut up and do as you’re told even if it makes you throw up a little. If you’ve got to hold your nose to even get near the ballot, maybe it’s time to retain a little dignity and stay home.

Or, as Jim Hightower used to say, “If the gods had meant us to vote they would have given us candidates.”

Update, Election Day: Jenn*fer rec*mmends th*s sh*rt.

Further update: This is probably what Deb means by holding one’s nose.


  1. Brad »

    6 November 2006 · 4:28 pm

    The problem with that argument is that she’s now forfeited her vote, making it so fewer people — more heavily weighted to the extremes of our country because they are more motivated to participate — decide the direction of our country… giving us results like the 2004 election.

    I just go into the voting booth with smelling salts in one hand and an airsick bag in the other… but I still exercise my responsibility and duty to choose the lesser of two evils so that we don’t go down the more evil path.

  2. Jennifer »

    6 November 2006 · 6:56 pm

    I agree with Brad.

    And also? When things turn further to shit (pardon my French), I hope all of those protesting with a non-vote – shutting up and taking it; how flipping BRILLIANT – continue to keep their mouths shut. The whining by the non-participatory is frowned upon mightily by the rest of us. Most especially when the punishment they are doling out will be on a nation, not a party or a candidate. It’s stupid, to throw away your voice by choice. Just stupid.

  3. Deb »

    6 November 2006 · 10:31 pm

    I suppose I don’t accept the premise that there always *is* a lesser evil. From here it looks pretty much like we’re going to hell in a handbasket either way. Believe me, if I spot a candidate I think might have a shot at slowing the slide down a bit, I’ll turn out. I don’t see anybody on my ballot who qualifies.

    Sometimes I wonder if I ever will again, tell truth.

  4. Kirk Leggott »

    7 November 2006 · 9:47 am

    A friend of mine is fond of saying, “Don’t vote — it only encourages them!” While I’ve always found this amusing, I’ve never found it convincing. The bottom line on this issue is this: participation in a democratic process of any kind is a privilege, and a fragile one at that. If we consistently fail to exercise our franchise, one day we will find we no longer have it. The historical precedents for this are too numerous to mention, and frightening mostly because the American pattern of voter participation over the last century looks all too much like that of a banana republic. We simply MUST vote, if only to ensure that our children will be allowed to. Saying no to voting because you don’t like any of the available options is, plainly and simply, irresponsible. It really is better to light a single candle, by participating in the process, rather than cursing the darkness by abdicating. Go vote, Deb. It’s not too late.

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