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Tue Jun 16, 2015, 06:56 PM

On Voting

I take voting very seriously. I have voted in virtually every election since reaching voting age. I’ve also invested time and effort in voting registration drives over the years, primarily targeting two populations: those in low-income neighborhoods, and young adults. “Voter registration” is important, but to reach its full potential, it should be one part of a program that includes voter education, and voter participation.

Over the decades, I have also been a volunteer in dozens of campaigns. In more recent years, I’ve run numerous local and regional political campaigns. I do not charge so much as a penny for my efforts, nor accepted “gas money,” etc. I am involved in political campaigns for the same reason that I have been involved in social movements during these same years: I believe in what I do. It is a matter of conscience.

Voting is a right, and a responsibility. It is not a privilege. Those who think they have a right to deny others their right to vote have an unethical sense of entitlement. Those who insist that everyone has an obligation to vote exactly as they do has a sense of privilege. Those who attempt to make others feel guilty about how they vote, or insult others for doing so, are foolish. Everyone has the right to vote as their conscience tells them to.

I’m not sure who I will vote for in the Democratic presidential primary. There’s plenty of time for me to decide. But even in that -- a primary, not a general election -- I’ll vote according to who I believe is the best candidate. None of the announced Democratic candidates is “perfect.” They each have strengths and weaknesses. I will continue to evaluate each one of them.

What I won’t do is allow other people to decide for me. Those who make a strong case for a particular candidate may influence my thinking, to some extent. And I’ll ignore those who channel hatred, hurl insults, and/or attempt to instill a sense of collective guilt by way of mis-using sociological terms. For it would not be fair to judge any candidate, based upon the toxicity and ignorance of some of their followers.

Peace,
H2O Man

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Reply On Voting (Original post)
H2O Man Jun 2015 OP
Gothmog Jun 2015 #1
H2O Man Jun 2015 #5
AuntPatsy Jun 2015 #2
H2O Man Jun 2015 #6
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2015 #3
H2O Man Jun 2015 #7
Bluenorthwest Jun 2015 #4
babylonsister Jun 2015 #8
H2O Man Jun 2015 #9
Old Codger Jun 2015 #10
H2O Man Jun 2015 #11
H2O Man Jun 2015 #12
raouldukelives Jun 2015 #13
H2O Man Jun 2015 #14
raouldukelives Jun 2015 #16
AuntPatsy Jun 2015 #15

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:04 PM

1. Music to my ears

I have been volunteering on voter protection operations since 2004. I nearly went to Florida for the 2000 mess and by the time I was able to get away from the office, the SCOTUS had ruled. Since that election, I have volunteered to help protect the vote and have trained poll watchers and run a regional boilerroom for the Democratic Party for the last three cycles.

Voting is an important right and need to protected

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:48 PM

5. Thank you!

And keep up the Good Work!

We should all be active in the Good Fight.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:05 PM

2. Thank you for stating much more eloquently exactly how I feel...

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Response to AuntPatsy (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:48 PM

6. Well, thank you!

I think a lot of us feel this way.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:07 PM

3. My dear H20 Man...

What a great essay! Thank you for your clear, lucid thinking.

This sentence really spoke to me, and I'm sure it will to many others:

For it would not be fair to judge any candidate, based upon the toxicity and ignorance of some of their followers.

K&R

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:49 PM

7. Thanks, Peggy!

I always appreciate your kindness. You make DU a great place to be!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:34 PM

4. Lots of people seem to have misread that one OP.

 

You do understand that the OP about 'privilege' was talking about not voting for the eventual nominee because one wanted another nominee, it was not discussing Primary cycle choices. Talking about the general election.
As I said in the thread, not voting for the Democrat when the other choice is a Republican might not be about privilege but it sure is stupid. I stand by that statement.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 07:58 PM

8. Perfect! I agree with everything you said. Thanks for saying it. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 09:25 PM

9. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 09:39 PM

10. Absolutely N/T

 

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Response to Old Codger (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 16, 2015, 09:40 PM

11. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 10:28 AM

12. kick

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 11:40 AM

13. Voting is the easiest thing to do and there is really no excuse aside from ability to get there.

That said, I still think we can make voting much easier, much simpler and legislation to that extent would only benefit the strength of our democracy.

Probably why groups like ALEC and Heritage try to restrict it, try to create the new Jim Crow and labor so hard to disrupt, deceive and alienate so many. All thanks to those who devote and donate so much money and labor to the corporations who give so gladly to them in return.

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Response to raouldukelives (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 12:59 PM

14. Absolutely!

My oldest sibling has never voted. That's a failure to take the responsibility of citizenship seriously. I have no respect for that.

It would be better if those on DU who spend a great amount of time and energy arguing about one candidate versus another (in the primaries) would invest some of that time and energy in registering voters. Because, in the final analysis, that is the #1 problem. It's not, for example, that 20% of the population votes republican. It's that so many more do not vote at all.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #14)

Thu Jun 18, 2015, 01:07 PM

16. Ain't that the truth.

The privatization of our educational system is going to produce even more apathy. More drones just smart enough to pull the levers while never questioning what the lever does.

I too have family who have never voted. But then, I know they haven't had the education I have had either or better to say, the desire for education in the same realm perhaps.

It doesn't make me better, it just means I know how the sausages are made. I have a hard time blaming them when I know they don't know any better and they mean well enough.
Good people, just, modern life is so hard in this land where nobody will lend you a hand unless yours is holding a dollar.

And so many who should know better, so many of the most highly liberally educated people in this country are working and putting their talents behind the very institutions destroying & defrauding them. Is it any wonder so many are lost?

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2015, 09:45 PM

15. Perhaps others who did not see this yesterday will read it now, it's worth the time Kicking

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