OT - Gas to hit 4.00 - Vote for Ron Paul - dropping out?

Von Fugal von at fugal.net
Wed Jun 18 19:11:11 MDT 2008

<quote name="Matthew Walker" date="Wed, 18 Jun 2008 at 15:03 -0600">
> On Wed, June 18, 2008 2:51 pm, Levi Pearson wrote:
> > I don't think anyone said that you aren't allowed to vote for someone
> > you know doesn't have a chance of winning.  If you really don't have a
> > preference between the viable candidates, it doesn't matter if you
> > don't vote for one of them.  Regardless of who *you* vote for, one of
> > the viable candidates will win, but your vote won't have directly
> > helped to determine which one.
> >
> > There is nothing inherently patriotic in voting for someone who has no
> > chance of winning, especially if you write them in.  It's an empty
> > act, meant only to soothe your own conscience.  No one knows (or can
> > verify, if you tell) who you voted for.  If your candidate really had
> > enough supporters for the strategic voters to make a difference in
> > pulling off a successful election, the candidate would be a viable one
> > and the strategic voters wouldn't have to pick someone else.
> I never said there was anything special about voting for the underdog. I meant that
> there's something special about voting. Period. As citizens of the United States, we
> have duty/right of participating in the election of our leaders. Just because many
> people don't choose to do this, doesn't change that fact.
> Not to long ago, I read Starship Troopers for the first time, and it got me thinking. I
> don't know if we need to go as far as they did (Only those who have served in the
> military being able to vote), but I have moments when I think that a good chunk of the
> modern population should be banned from voting, because of how little they know about
> the issues that they are voting on.

That's why we vote for delegates. And then people go on to say paulites
are "cheating" because they believed in something and got elected as
delegates. sheesh. (not at anyone on this list, thankfully)

Von Fugal
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