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Friday Bottom 3: Reasons not to Vote

Last week, I listed what I believed were the 3 worst reasons to vote, and this week I will discuss the other side. These are my three worst reasons to decide not to vote.

#3 Both candidates are the same so it does not matter which one I vote for. What? Have you been paying attention? While one candidate is a very smooth talker, has the swagger, and definitely carries himself with a certain aire, and the other candidate is physically hampered by war injuries that were not properly treated, does not have the silver tongue, and is does not carry the most inspiring aura, that is not the difference I am talking about. I am talking about one candidate proposing the type of change that takes from one man who has earned his pay, to give to the man who has not earned, stands for the right to abort at any stage of pregnancy using any medical procedure available for any reason, believes minors should be able to abort their unborn without the consent of their parents, and that the American tax payer should pick up the tab for those abortions while the other candidate opposes abortion in all cases with the exception of the life of the mother being in jeopardy, and opposes the redistribution of earned income from the people who earn to those who do not. These are major differences worthy of one casting a vote.

#2 My one vote doesn’t matter. Look at the millions of votes cast. What difference can I make? Hey, back in 2000, that theory failed. The presidential race came down to a very slim margin and after numerous recounts, it took the US Supreme Court to tell the Democrat lawyers in FL that they could not ignore their own state constitution and just continue recounting until they got the result they wanted. It was that close. While there were thousands of fraudulent votes from felons that were believed to go for Gore that year, there were also quite a few confused voters in Palm Beach County who may have cast a few thousand votes for Pat Buchanan on the infamous “butterfly ballot”. That’s a different story for a different day. The point is that if not for a few hundred people who may have decided to vote last minute, the election results could have been different.

#1 The candidate I support is too far behind. The election is over. Why bother? Well, no candidate is technically “behind” or “ahead”. The polls that we hear about are opinion surveys that use complex formulas including weighting political affiliations, economic groups, age and race demographics, likely vs registered vs general population groups, and regional weighting. No major poll releases their exact formula for deciding who they call to survey or how they determine their prediction of how the vote totals will fall. That is the reason why it is said by the experts that you can make a poll say whatever you want. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to decide just because you are discouraged by the polls. As you can see over the past few days, the polls have tightened up. As I have stated before, I am very distrusting of our mainstream media. Who holds them responsible? If they will not cover this election fairly, what would preclude them from skewing the polls to discourage votes on the side they oppose? The fact is that there is only one poll that matters, and that is the vote that is cast on election day (except the ones who vote absentee and early).

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-Yesterday in the early afternoon I accomplished my early vote. I felt like I was back in college registering for classes again. I had to stand in line to wait so I could stand in another line, then stand in one more line to vote, then stand in one final line to cast the ballot. Line, line, everywhere’s a line!

-At about 4:30, I went back to the city hall to stand with my wife so she could vote. The line moved quicker it seemed and she studied up prior to voting. This time, she voted much quicker than I did since she was better prepared with the city’s charter amendments, the state’s constitution amendments, and the judges.

-I believe this is the first time I cast a vote on each item of the ballot. It helps to have a blackberry so you can look up some quick info on judges and amendments prior to marking your ballot, but it also slows things down a little.

-Some entrepreneurial kids were outside the polling place practicing some good old fashioned capitalism selling “President Obama” t-shirts. I probably should have bought one and given half the money to someone on the street. 🙂

-A truck covered with Obama/Biden and Joe Garcia stickers, posters, and signs was parked by the street. On the back were two flags, about 4′ by 6′. One was Puerto Rico and the other was another Caribbean nation. I asked the guy that if he wanted Americans to vote for his preferred candidate then shouldn’t he have an American flag at least somewhere in the area. I don’t think he was targeting Americans. Some of the people there in line were not impressed with the truck.

-The elections workers were very helpful, patient, and for the most part professional. Water was provided for everyone who was standing in line outside.

-The whole process for my voting experience was about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and 1 hour and 10 minutes for Marcela.

-I’m voting absentee next election. I have said it before, but this time I mean it!

-I saw 3 different families from Pathway Christian School, some of which I haven’t seen since before Hurricane Andrew. I barely recognized one of them until he told me who he was.

-There are less than 6 days until all ballots should have been cast and counted. It may be months before we know for certain who our next president is. In our letigious society, we will probably have to wait for the courts, judges, and lawyers to “weigh in”.

-There have been roughly 9000 attorneys hired to contest election results in the battleground states. Obama is out-lawyering McCain in this election by more than 2-1. How did we get to this point in our elections.

-No matter who you vote for, please be sure to inform yourselves. I suggest bypassing the biased “mainstream” media which more and more seems to be a branch of the left, and pay no attention to the clever advertisements on both sides meant to scare you into voting or not voting for a candidate. Develop a political philosophy and base it on a sound world view and economic common sense. Vote for the candidate or party that best represents your philosophy. In other words, be informed about your vote. While neither candidate is ideal in my opinion, and both are more liberal than other candidates I have seen in the past, but they are very different choices in their philosophical approach.

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Friday Bottom 3: Reasons to Vote

This is way too easy.  Everyone has a reason for you to vote and these are the worst three reasons.

#3 “Vote or Die”, “Rock the Vote”, “Vote for Change” – Those proponents of this ridiculous idea are morons.  Yes, they are morons.  According to Wikipedia, P. Diddy and 50 Cent (two of the four involved in the founding of Vote or Die) did not vote, though in 50 Cent’s defense, he was not allowed due to the fact that he was/is a felon.

#2 Because an athlete, movie star, musician, or other celebrity said that I should – Vote or Die etc is nothing new.  Celebs have been trying to influence votes for years.  Many times, they threaten to leave the country if they don’t get their way, but other than Johnny Depp I don’t know of any who have kept their promise.  Celebs, whether right or left leaning in their ideology are famous because of their acting, singing, athletic, or artistic abilities.  They have a right to run their mouths, but their opinions mean nothing to me.  I have a mind of my own, and the last person I want telling me to vote or how to vote is some fake person.  Get real.

#1 It’s My Civic Duty – If you do not have a reason to vote and you are not informed, please don’t vote.  I believe voters have a responsibility to be informed.  If you are going to vote, know why you want to vote.  It’s that simple, an uninformed vote cancels out someone’s well thought out vote.  Civicly, nobody has a duty to vote in this country.  As patriots, or Christians, or freedom lovers, or freedom haters, you definitely have a reason to vote.  People who think women should have the right to kill their unborn should vote for a guy like Barack Obama.  People who believe that we have an individual right to defend our homes with the a firearm should not vote for Obama.  If you believe that the rich are getting rich off your back, then you should probably vote for the Democrat.  I could go on all day.  But the point I am making is that voting should be a function of your ideology, philosophy, world view, and informed opinion, not out of a sense that you will feel better for voting (as Obama claims).

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