VOTE! Vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote VOTE!


I’m going to the polls as soon as they open this morning out of a sense of duty and a feeling of futility. Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression, as well as the fact that the electorate is saturated with selfish bigots and the media are bought and owned by the rich, means I don’t expect to see much of that mythical democracy today. It shouldn’t even be close, but it’s going to be close.

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But, you see, if we don’t try, if we don’t participate, if we don’t march down and make this tiny effort to oppose unreason and corruption and bigotry, you won’t own a right to protest when the election is stolen. You might be upset, but you won’t possess the righteous fury it’s going to take to right this wrong, which is going to take years of struggle.

As we all know, angry gets shit done.

I’m already pretty angry about century after century of injustice. Keep stoking the rage until we rise up and burn the whole ugly system down.

Comments

  1. robro says

    Keep stoking the rage until we rise up and burn the whole ugly system down.

    Don’t mean to despair, but “we” (as in our ancestors) have done that, several times. And we still have rich, arrogant bastards running things for themselves and shilling huge numbers of people into believing that it’s for the greater good.

    But yeah, I did my little bit. I voted.

  2. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    I not only voted early, one of ~100,00 here in Lake County, IL, but I also volunteered with one of the campaigns to give rides to polls.

  3. lumipuna says

    “A polling station has possibly opened in a disused, unlit basement lavatory at some location not very far from you. Beware of the Leopards Eating People’s Faces.”

  4. DonDueed says

    Voted early this morning. Polls were busy. Not sure whether that’s good or bad, since my town leans red in this deep-blue state. At least I added my infinitesimal weight to the side of the (flawed) angels.

  5. kurt1 says

    @5 Robert Westbrook
    Bashing the right by regurgitating their dumb-ass talking points, classic Dick move.

    I hope for the best, the last weeks have been nothing but depressing with the election in Brazil, the far-right terrorism, and 1933-style hatespeech from the GOP. Is there any chance that Trump will be impeached if the Dems win a large enough majority?

  6. says

    #5: Look at the comments on Dawkins’ thread. He’s got a swarm of people outraged that he has dissed the Trumpster, including Paul Joseph Watson and the anti-trans brigade.

    I wish he would think about the audience he has cultivated.

  7. Akira MacKenzie says

    Is there any chance that Trump will be impeached if the Dems win a large enough majority?

    Well, that depends whether or not we get a mother-may-I from the DNC.

  8. Akira MacKenzie says

    I’m already pretty angry about century after century of injustice. Keep stoking the rage until we rise up and burn the whole ugly system down.

    GASP! How uncivil of you P.Z.! You’re making Babies MLK Jr and Gandhi cry with all that talk. Now sit down, wave your sign, and passively take your police beating until the world magically changes slightly.

  9. Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach says

    America, your friends in the great white north love you, and we know that the good people outnumber the bad, despite how loud that bad side is. We know terrible people have rigged the elections in a number of devious ways. That said, if you fuckers don’t get that blue wave, we are building a wall and you are paying for it. Seriously, how hard do you think it would be to trick the Orange Shitgibbon into paying for it if we promise to emblazon his name on it (on your side)?

    VOTE!!!

  10. Holms says

    Yeah but by not voting at all, I get to remain pure and unsullied by the system. And smug, can’t forget to be smug.

  11. Sean Boyd says

    @10,

    Trump could be impeached by the House via a simple majority vote. It would then fall to the Senate to try him. There is no scenario in which there would be enough Democratic senators to actually inflict a consequence on him: it requires a 2/3 majority of votes in the Senate to do so, and even the rosiest projections of this election would fall well short of that threshold. Thus, it would fall to Republicans to do the right thing. I think you can see the problem with that. So voting for impeachment in the House would be a futile effort.

  12. Akira MacKenzie says

    Holms @16:

    Yeah, I hear a lot of that, I also hear quite a few Deliberate Non-voters who insist the 1% have already decided who was going to win months ago and thus voting is a sham. When you’ve descended into the realm of conspiracy theory, I don’t know what to tell them.

  13. Ray, rude-ass yankee - One inseparable gemisch says

    Did my bit. Got plenty of angry, hope I can help “get shit done”.

  14. cyref says

    My 12th midterm. I wish I could have voted more than once today because I voted for my grandkids.

  15. says

    If you feel like you need a scorecard
    Well you really don’t have to fuss—
    You know the winner’s always somebody else
    And the loser is always us.

    And it’s shake it to the east, shake it to the west,
    Hand me down my bullet-proof vest!
    It’s nobody’s choice and it’s anybody’s guess —
    And do that Election — there ain’t no selection — and do that Election Year Rag!

    The Election Year Rag

  16. jgarbo says

    I have this discussion with a professor at Duke every “election” time. He says you have to vote to change this mess. I reply that both (all) candidates are already owned. If they weren’t you’d never see their names. They are the pustules of the disease, so excising them does not cure their cause, a thoroughly corrupt and vicious regime masquerading as a democracy. It’s a trick for the gullible, a sedative.
    Voting in the US these days is like calling masturbation sex. It makes you feel good, but produces no offspring. So brave the cold, shiver, suffer, vote, go home to the warmth and satisfaction. But don’t expect change. That’s for others to decide.

  17. monad says

    @27: No, voting is not a cure. Voting is an easy trick to limit blood loss while you hopefully work at an actual treatment through other means.

  18. jgarbo says

    “Dogs bark at the Moon but it still shines”. My wife often recites this Chinese saying when I explain Western democracy.

  19. says

    Voting in the US these days is like calling masturbation sex. It makes you feel good, but produces no offspring.

    This sentence makes me very sad.

  20. Ichthyic says

    Don’t mean to despair, but “we” (as in our ancestors) have done that, several times. And we still have rich, arrogant bastards running things for themselves and shilling huge numbers of people into believing that it’s for the greater good.

    that’s only because we let them by not taking responsibility ourselves.

    it’s a simple as that.

    viva la revolution, but only IF YOU FUCKING FOLLOW IT UP BY PARTICIPATING IN WHATEVER COMES AFTER.

    people are goddamn lazy, and conmen are always around and willing to take full advantage of that.

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