Thank you for not voting

Okay, so in a recent post, I admitted that while I do not hate Mitt Romney, I was not going to vote for him. And while I can certainly take the high road about personal attacks on candidates, as one who does not want him or the accompanying Republican platform elected, if you are a supporter and choosing not to vote, “Thank you.”

Because, as David LaMotte puts it so eloquently in this video, “The Myth of Democracy” (2010), “It’s not run by all of us, it’s only run by the people who show up.”

Take a look.

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So in the end, if you don’t vote, by simple percentages, my votes counts that much more. Again, thank you.

And if you missed the other five reasons that David argues that you SHOULD vote:

  1. If you don’t vote, you can’t whine. That’s the rule.
  2. It feels good.
  3. You get a groovy “I voted” sticker.
  4. A lot of people died so you can vote.
  5. If you don’t vote, someone else gets to vote for you.

It’s that last one that I am really hoping you’ll ignore because I would LOVE to cast your vote for you. I am still not sure who it will be for, Barack Obama or Jill Stien, but you’re not voting anyway, so what do you care? So if you would lean towards views that Mitt Romney and the Republican Party hold and have better things to do than vote, by all means please skip this silly voting thing. I mean really, who cares and what does it matter?

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Apparently I am a San Francisco “Pissed off Voter” . . . Sort Of.

 

Now I know that some people value the idea that people can vote and people need not know how they voted, but being the transparent blogging fool that I am with just a smidge of influence in some areas, I am going to go ahead and share how I voted and what I think is important about today’s San Francisco Election.

Much to my surprise I am a “Pissed Off Voter” as I align greatly with this voters guide put out by the League of Young Voters. I have no affiliation with them, but want offer some kudos for dropping their guide at one of my favorite cafes. I ended up agreeing with all of their positions on propositions and appreciated their attempt at providing some nuance to some of items. Any voter guide that has “Yes, but . . .” or “No, but . . .” as their response understands that nothing is as simple as the doorhangers and radio commercials would like us to believe. Good peeps so be sure to gives some social media love:  Facebook, Twitter and tumblr.

So here it goes, 2012 San Francisco Voter Guide according to Bruce:

  • Washington – I generally vote along party lines, for as much as I appreciate individuals who bring new ideas, I think that the nature of Washington politics requires a consolidated common vision. At this point in our political climate, the overall Democratic platform still most resonates with me. And yes, that makes me somewhat of a conservative in San Francisco. Seriously.
  • YES on Proposition 28, Term Limits: I have always felt that term limits were foolish, reactionary and short-sighted. When they first passed in CA, the fear was that lobbyists would then have more power over the long term. Ding Ding Ding. I say if a politician is not doing a good job, vote them out. Not far enough for me, but Prop 28 is a step in the right direction.
  • YES on Proposition 29, Cigarette Tax Increase: One dollar more money to buy cigarettes: deterrent and fund generator. Big time Yes.
  • NO on Proposition A, Recycling Contracts: This was a “No, But . . .” for me as well. Voting no with the knowledge that we have a great recycling program in San Francisco and there are probably better ways to improve the process.
  • YES on Proposition B, Coit Tower Usage: I was pretty ambivalent about this one and am not big on voting on statements that have no legal teeth. That said, I am voting yes just to make sure that decision makers know that there is a general vibe out there about how public space is used.
  • Democratic County Central Committee: You are on your own, though if you want a few names depending on your district: John Avalos, Leah Pimentel, David Campos, David Chiu and Eric Mar. Lots of other good folks, but you’ll have to read our ballot for more.

I think that’s it. Make sure you get out and vote vite vote vote!


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