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Posts Tagged ‘election 2008’

As I was reading TMZ…

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 23 November 2008

something struck me.  First, I wondered, as I do every time I read it, why I WAS reading it.  But that’s a story for another day.

The story was Vote Board to Robbins: Turn Pissy into PSA! and the part that struck me was a comment, meant to be prideful, from a representative of the BoE (Board of Elections):

“In our city of 8 million people with 4.6 million registered voters, 2.6 million registered voters went to the polls on Election Day.”

Now, okay.  I can deal with only 57.5% citizens being registered.  Really.  Because I’m guessing that a significant percentage of the remaining 52.5% are minors or otherwise ineligible.

No, the part that struck me was pride in a not even 57% voter turnout rate!  4,600,000 registered voters, and 2,600,000 turned out to vote.  (Please note the preceding figures apply only to NYC).

In a country where ALL citizens have only been eligible to vote since 1957 (see a note at the end), and blacks and poor whites were often forbidden from voting because they couldn’t pay the “poll tax” or pass a literacy test until 1964, a 56.5% voter turnout rate is utterly and TOTALLY inexcusable.  Even on the federal level, it’s estimated that only around 62% turned out.

To this I can only say:  WHAT THE FUCK, AMERICA?!

Voting is a privilege that can be and has been taken away, whether by the government or by other citizens so desperate for their candidate to win that they would tell voters that they are to vote on a different day (as happened in the last election).

It is still your right, but dammit, if you don’t USE your right, you may well LOSE IT!

Why am I shouting? you ask.

Am I angry? you say.

YOU DAMN WELL BET I AM!

We live in a country where we are lucky enough to have the right, the privilege, to vote.  Many, MANY millions of world residents do not.  And people are apathetic or just LAZY enough to ignore it!

*sigh*

The sad thing is… this projected turnout…?  It’s the highest in FORTY FOUR YEARS.  In 1964, 61.9% of registered voters turned out.  In 1996, not EVEN half did–only 49.1%.

It’s your right, use it or lose it.

PS: If you didn’t vote in the last election, and you were eligible, I better not hear you bitching at ALL about a) how the election turned out, or b) the state of affairs for the next 4 years.  You all that didn’t exercise your right to speak up, just lost your right to bitch.

Election statistics from:
2008: Dr M. McDonald, George Mason University
All previous years: InfoPlease

*American Indians, despite becoming legal US citizens in 1924, were not always allowed to vote.  That right was governed by the individual state until 1957.  “Indian Citizenship Act” Library of Congress, American Memory, Today in history

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YES WE DID!!!

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

That’s right.  Even though half a dozen states, including some battleground (swing) states, have not yet reported, and one is still voting, McCain has conceded the election.

I am so emotional writing this, because this election has been historic, and has cost me, personally.  I am… overwhelmed with joy at this point

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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong…

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

1) Being gay is not natural.
And real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning, tattoos, piercings and silicon breasts…

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay.|
In the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behav​ior.
People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract. Lamps are next.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all;
Hence why women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed;
And we can’t let the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children.
So therefore, gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our population isn’t out of control, our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children,
Since, of course, straight parents only raise straight child​ren.

8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion.
In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home.
Which is exactly why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms.
Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

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Steve Young shows that not all religious people believe in H8

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Steve Young, football star and direct descendant of noted Mormon Brigham Young, and his wife are showing their support for the No to 8 side, by speaking out against the California proposition but making a financial contribution as well.

Prop 8 would add an ammendment to the state’s constitution banning gay marriage.  Even the Governator is against prop 8

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Just one thng to say right now:

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

GO VOTE!!!!!!

IF YOU DON’T VOTE, YOU LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO BITCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENT FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

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