Tomorrow is voting day – oh fucking joy

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Michigan – What a disaster. You know the economy around here is for shit. The job-market sucks and our homes are loosing their value. Then our lawmakers decide to move the Michigan primary up without regard to how it will effect the delegates (our delegates may not even get counted). And more importantly, without regard to what the voters want (no one asked me for my opinion or to vote on the issue).

Even before the bill (to move up the primary) was signed, parties threatened not to campaign in Michigan. So let me get this straight… our lawmakers decide to change dates around and the presidential candidates think its okay to not come and share their views in Michigan and in some cases not even put their name on the ballot.

Let’s make this clear: Candidates who are not on the Michigan Primary Ballot TOOK THEIR NAMES OFF INTENTIONALLY. How do you expect to get voted for, if you are not on the ballot?

Now the big push here in Michigan is to vote “Uncommitted”. Huh? What? What’s the point? It’s like signing the proxy thing that comes in your AAA Insurance notice every year. Like saying “I’m not going to use my vote – here you decide who I should vote for.”

Isn’t the whole point of voting electing a person who shares you views closest so you will be well represented in whatever you have elected this person to do.

How does uncommitted give you that voice? Do you know who the delegates are? Do you know how those “uncommitted” delegates are going to vote? Do you realize that you have no CONTROL over who the uncommitted delegates vote for? They could very well vote for someone that was on the ballot.

Dodd, Edwards and Obama CHOSE TO HAVE THEIR NAMES REMOVED FROM THE MICHIGAN BALLOT. Do you really want these people running your country when they can’t even be bothered to give you the opportunity to vote for them? It’s either very arrogant or very stupid… either way, I think we’ve had enough of both for the last 7 years.

I don’t think this situation is good by any means. But I will tell you that it certainly has had me on the Internet researching how this whole election process works (I think they covered this on Senior Skip Day when I was in high school). And that’s probably the only good that has come of it. I am nervous, I’ll admit that. NO WHERE on the Internet could I find, how uncommitted delegates were issued. So I still don’t understand this aspect of it. And for that reason alone, I won’t vote uncommitted.

I honestly haven’t decided how I am going to vote, or if I am going to vote Democratic, as I am registered. Historically I have preferred Democratic candidates and I certainly didn’t vote for our current mad man George W. But I just haven’t decided what is the best way for my views to be represented in Washington.

I don’t understand why some states vote first and some states have to vote later. You know around here the local news will not call a candidate as winning a race while the polls are still open. They are afraid it will sway peoples votes; making people not vote (why bother?) if they were going to vote for the projected loser or not vote if their candidate is winning (cool, he’s winning, I don’t need to vote). Isn’t this what staggering the Primaries does for the rest of the country? Why can’t we all just vote on the same fucking day?

The most humorous part to me… or maybe it’s the saddest. We are acting like some democratic superpower out in the world. We want all countries to have the ability to elect a ruler fairly and without brutality. And look at our own mess. People in glass houses really shouldn’t throw stones.

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Poor President Lincoln is probably rolling over in his grave.

Please, if you have an opinion, feel free to share it here. If you know some answers I don’t, or if I got something wrong… please share it.

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2 Comments »

  1. kayte401 Said:

    I listened to a story about this on NPR today, but it still left me confused. Why did candidates choose to remove their names from the ballot? How is that even possible? How is that beneficial to ANYONE involved? It’s all very confusing. I’m sorry that this is what you are left to deal with. I’m a proponent for Hillary, so the voting decision would be an easy one for me, but I don’t know what you would do if your candidate wasn’t even listed. Let me know if you find out more!

  2. laura Said:

    Yes, I agree with you about the people who chose to take their names off the ballot. I really don’t get that. Michigan is a very important and BIG democratic state, and I just don’t get why they would want to make us feel like they don’t care about us. I think that was the point at which I stopped considering Obama seriously. I’m a Hillary girl now though. And I just put my vote in.

    Let us know what you decided.


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