Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Primary Day
It's a big day here in Ohio. Don't forget to get out there and vote. Together we can change the world. Even if we disagree on certain policies, voters coming together can indeed change the world. How do you think people like Adolf Hitler were stopped? People came together and changed the world. Slavery was abolished because people came together and changed the world. We're helping save lives in Darfur because people are coming together to change the world. Women can vote today because we came together and changed the world. We can fix education if we come together and change the world. We can do so many things...so many great things....

Yes we can!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

Yes, we can, but we've gotta show up first!

I was listening to NPR this morning and they were talking about turnout rates. I'm disgusted and saddened by the fact that a 35% - THIRTY FIVE PERCENT - was considered a GOOD turnout. HELLO?! Turnout should be up around 90%. People DIED so that we could have this right. How DARE we take it for granted?!

*climbing off soapbox*

Blogger Wayfarer said...

*climbing on Chili's soapbox*

Well, let's be clear about what the turnout rate really tells us: It says that X% of the TOTAL VOTING AGE POPULACE (or TOTAL REGISTERED VOTERS) has gone to the polls. While in many states people who are not registered (democrat or republican) party members may vote in primaries, this is not universally so. There are a huge number of voters who are not red or blue, and who are not permitted or do not feel it appropriate to take part in primaries.

I did not vote in the primaries, even though MA allows me to pick a candidate from either party. I'm an independent and, as such, I think that the parties themselves should have the freedom to choose their champions. I'll certainly vote in the general election, but I consider the primaries to be party politics, not national politics.

Having said that, I agree with Chili that the turnout should be waaaaay higher than it is in November. The elections in both '00 and '04 should serve to remind all of us of the importance of pulling the lever and the effect it has on the national picture.

Blogger Wayfarer said...

*doing a triple flip off the soapbox, and sticking the landing!*

Blogger The Grammar Snob said...

Nice landing, Wayfarer!

Blogger Lanie Painie said...

I'm pretty sure that the 04 vote showed us that the person who wins the popular vote doesn't necessarily get to be president. It's all that electoral college stuff that really matters, is it not?

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