Gore Vidal: “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
Nope. That voting half is obviously brainwashed by the propaganda of Fox News.
Charles Bukowski: “The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.”
Don’t worry. Pretty soon Corporatism will take care of that. They’ll run everything. No dictator necessary.
Theodore Roosevelt: “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
Considering the character of some of the voters, I’d say their I.Q. is equivalent to the caliber of the guns they’re stocking up. They’re pretty useless.
Emma Goldman: “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
You said it Emma. Just wait for the Corporatists to take over. Did I mention that a Republican in the California Legislature tried to make it illegal for any teacher to vote on any measure that had anything to do with education because they would be biased? Yep, wanted to take away teachers’ rights to vote. It could happen to you. But first they’ll take away your right to unionize.
Louis-Ferdinand Celine: “I have never voted in my life…I have always known and understood that the idiots are in a majority so it’s certain they will win.”
Piss on you Louis. It’s lazy bastards like you that allow the idiots to keep putting the corrupt bastards back in power.
Joseph Stalin: “Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.”
Anyone remember Diebold? That’s how we got George W. Bush. Twice. That and the media. As for vote counting, it’s now vote buying via Citizens United. Another legacy of George W. Bush, activist judge Roberts and the Fascist Five.
George Jean Nathan: “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
You said it. Or….there’s no point in replacing a Corrupt Bastard if you’re replacing them with an even MORE Corrupt Bastard.
John Quincy Adams: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
Also known as the TOLD YOU SO vote. Didn’t vote for Bush. Twice. Didn’t vote for Arnold. Twice. Didn’t vote for Reagan. Ever. Why? BECAUSE I’M NOT STUPID.
Hunter S. Thompson: “All we have to do is get out and vote, while it’s still legal, and we will wash those crooked warmongers out of the White House.”
Unless you’re replacing crooked warmongers with even MORE crooked warmongers.
William Inge: “It is useless for sheep to pass a resolution in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion.”
So what are you saying William? Give up? Don’t bother to vote? Or perhaps the sheep should hire them some dogs to enforce the vegetarianism law on the wolves. (Yes, there is vegetarian dog food. And dogs are loyal.)
Robert Frost: “Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting.”
Ah, Robert. Jon Stewart would love to have you on his show if you were still alive. You’d be the Daily Show poet laureate. And you would have been a hit at the Rally to restore sanity.
Winston Churchill: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
If they’re a Republican, 90 seconds will do.
Isaac Asimov: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”
Voting takes hard work, research and responsibility. Unfortunately, like pregnancy, any idiot is allowed to participate.
David Sedaris: On Undecided Voters: “To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. ‘Can I interest you in the chicken?’ she asks. ‘Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?’ To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.”
And then choose the shit. The undecideds are clueless, lazy, stupid or variations of all three. If you’re too lazy to do your work, too clueless to understand the issues or too stupid to use critical thinking skills to make a decision than by all means….stay home. Don’t allow Fox News to do your thinking for you.
Wendell Berry: “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
Which is why the earth will not be destroyed by climate change. The earth will continue. Humans on the other hand are doomed (as are many plants, birds, animals, fish, reptiles, etc. But not all. They’ll survive. We won’t.)
Plato: “In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill…we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.”
How do you think Reagan or Schwarzenegger got elected? Only now it’s not who’s handsome or eloquent. Now it’s who has the biggest bank account. Because if you’ve made lots of money, you must know how to run the government. Right? A CEO is just like a Governor only for less pay? ROFLOLPIP.
David Foster Wallace: “In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”
Yep. A non-voter doubles the stupid vote. That’s why there are more registered Democrats, but the Republicans keep winning.
I think voting should be like a subscription service. If you don’t use it for a few years, your registration is dropped and you have to register all over again. That should be annoying enough to either keep someone out permanently or motivate them to vote often enough so their registration doesn’t get dropped.
All that said, there needs to be some major election reforms regarding standardization across the states. How write-ins are conducted, etc. should be the same in all states. If they can demand it of education, they can certainly do it for elections.