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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Claire Wolfe

Are you v*ting?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

And why?

The comments on my earlier “V for Vendetta Day” post — two Gary Johnson supporters immediately speaking up — got me wondering.

So if you don’t mind me asking (or even if you do), here’s a two-parter:

* Are you voting or have you already v*ted in tomorrow’s election?

* And what value do you realistically expect your v*te to produce?

Not trying to dis anybody here. Though I’ve been a non-v*ter for 18 years, v*ting was hugely important to me from the time I was a little kid & I understand the urge to do it and even the pride in doing it.

Heck, my state has a cannabis-legalization measure on the ballot, and even though it’s the usual collection of statist ifs, ands, and butts, I would love to be able to walk into the local marijuana store and think, “My v*te helped make this happen.”

But ain’t doin’ that. On principle. And because I consider the whole process a fraud. Still … ah feeeeel yr v*te …

So if you’re still v*ting, tell the world and tell why.

72 Responses to “Are you v*ting?”

  1. Jim Bovard Says:

    My therapist says that voting will help reduce my feelings of aggression towards The System.

  2. Claire Says:

    Your therapist wants to ruin your career?

  3. Woody Says:

    Nope. I ain’t doin it.

    I’m embarrassed that it took me over 30 years to realize that it is all a scam. My days of political activism and participation are over, for good. Some sage once said “If voting did any good it would be illegal”. I wish I had figured that out before I wasted so much of my life on politics.

  4. ILTim Says:

    Well, last year the non-vote got us Obammney. The “not Obama” choices are pretty awful, but they ARE ‘not Obama’ choices so I feel compelled to mark one. It may well be Gary, no-win but a showing of voters could influence future candidates.

  5. Kent McManigal Says:

    I’m not v*ting. A relative I ran into today asked about me voting tomorrow. I told him I don’t vote. He said he thought I would be voting Libertarian- and told me he is going to vote for Gary Johnson. I told him I don’t want to lend an illusion of legitimacy to an illegitimate system, and that I don’t need anyone to represent me because I can represent myself just fine.

    Still, if he votes, I do hope he goes ahead and votes for Johnson.

    My staunchly Republican dad voted straight Libertarian this time. Maybe a change really is coming.

  6. EN Says:

    Definitely voting. Too many propositions need voting down. Time and time again they come to us with new taxes and they are stopped by the vote.

  7. Bear Says:


    Obama, who… who… -sigh- ,whose “signature” deal was Obamacare which was based on…
    Romney, who gave us the template for Obamacare national socialized medicine and an assault weapons ban, and who spins and flips so fast that we’d solve the world’s energy problems by wrapping a drive belt around him.
    Johnson, who can with some honesty claim to be more libertarian than the last LP prez candidate. But so can my dead cat.

    Bass: would obtains his few clues paperclipped to anonymous, large denomination, unmarked bills.
    Kuster, holy-freaking-moley-batshit-goddam-insane, but it’s almost worth voting her in just so she can hang with Hank “Tippy” Johnson and give us two years of the “Best of YouTube” videos.

    -sigh- The only guys in the state house and senate I thought were worth a shit, who would actually _respond_ to constituents, both decided not to run again. They gave up.

    Me, too.

  8. Ellendra Says:

    I’ve already voted. Partly because there were some local things on the ballot that my vote has a realistic chance of influencing, and partly because I’m an elections inspector and will be spending all day with people who can look and see if my name is checked off.

    Being an elections inspector is an interesting way to keep tabs on the real political picture, not the one the media paints. The last several elections, I’m quite sure that if “Burn DC down and start over” had been on the ballot, it would have won by a landslide. People are getting sick and tired of having their choices dictated to them.

    Besides, I get $8 an hour for it. Since I lost my last job in February I need all the extra work I can get.

  9. Concealed Carrying Cyclist Says:

    I vote every election. My single vote may be pointless in many cases*, but I don’t buy into the line that “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference” between Rat A and Rat B. The lesser of two evils may still be evil, but I’d rather see the country go to hell at a slower pace, if it’s all the same to you.

    In elections where it’s clear that the Incumbent Rat is going to win yet again, I often protest vote a 3rd party, but in close elections I vote for the slightly less objectional Rat.

  10. David Says:

    No. Because coercion is wrong. Using it myself would not make it better. And using it by completely unreliable proxy is f*cking retarded. ‘Scuse the L*thuanian.

    Different sets of ethics/morals/postulates/whatever will of course lead to different conclusions.

    I could type more here, but for me that’s all there is to it.

    Though I guess I can add: I’d rather make the bastards irrelevant than “elect” another of ’em. 3D printing & the intertoobz haven’t hit their stride yet, and I’m sure there are more goodies to come. So…it’s really all over but the shoutin’ anyway. Though there may be a lot of shoutin’.

  11. M Says:

    Voting. Our Nations Original Veterans bled for it and I deployed for it. I refuse to allow .gov to take away my right to fufill what I consider my Right.

    I know many people who wont’ vote and that is their Right also.

  12. No Says:

    I’ve been non-voting for a while and feeling very good about it, but, God forgive me, I’m thinking about v*ting. I’d vote against Satan who has said that he want to ban the guns, and for Lucifer, who did ban the guns but has since been bought out by the NRA and promised not to do it again. There are other reasons, like Gitmo and NDAA, but the gun issue is the big item nagging at me. Somebody please talk me down.

  13. Mac the Knife Says:

    Hell no I will not vote. Have not voted for 30 years. By not voting I claim the right to complain about everything!!

  14. Water Lily Says:

    No, I am not voting. This is the first Presidential election since 1980 in which I am not voting. And it feels really, really good.

    As I voted for RP in the primary this year, I decided that would be my last vote.

    I’m not going to say, “never, ever,” but I highly doubt that I will ever vote again. And that too feels really, really good. :-)

  15. Mic Says:

    Yes, I vote in every election, but it is generally not about voting “for” anyone or anything. It is generally to keep something from being done to me.

  16. Steve Says:

    My state typically has a lot of ballot issues. They tend to range from mildly harmful to out and out theft so I generally vote no on all of them and leave the candidates blank. I’m torn about being that active since it counts as a vote. I did vote yes on the pot measure.

  17. Mike Porter Says:

    ILTim (among others): I agree that ‘not-voters’ played a part in the election of the current crap-weasel in chief, though a thoroughly corrupt media delivered the relentless smokescreen required to allow for this Manchurian Candidate to sneak by in plain sight. However, we’re now in something of a pickle here, in that four more years of this jackwad will deliver full blown balls to the walls mask off in your face death and destruction of all things American. Whatever ‘message’ you send with a Libertarian vote will most definitely be meaningless when there is no ‘next time’ come 2016.

    Last time, I held my nose and voted for the RINO, if only to stave off what was clearly a bad moon rising. At the time I had thought that there was nothing more frightening than seeing this evil sonofabitch as plain as day, only to have millions of screaming fans ignore the plain truth and plunge us all headlong into socialfascism. Now I know there to be things even more frightening.

    So hell yes I’m voting, for whatever it’s worth in these waning days of Liberty.

  18. Matt, another Says:

    According to some, If I vote it has not real impact. According to others, if I do not vote it has no real impact. So, I vote mostly because it amuses me. It takes me about 5.5 minutes since the polling station is about 2 blocks from my house. Costs me little time, no additiona fuel and is generally amusing to me.

    Locally many of our elections are decided by a matter of very few votes, sometimes as few as 50 0r 60. Since these positions directly affect my living condition, property taxes etc I am inclined to participate.

  19. furrydoc Says:

    I am v*ting. Mostly because I like to think that I am an optimist and that maybe somewhere, in some office, someone will look at the data and realize that not everyone in my state is BLUE!!! Claire is right though, around here it is pretty pointless, in a mostly union…urban controlled state. I was glad to see Ron Paul got 65% of the vote in our county in the primary….see Claire there is hope.

  20. Benjamin Says:

    I’ve voted for national and state candidates once, it was a midterm election the year I turned eighteen. Ah the days when I was younger and more stupid, glad I’m a little less stupid now. This will be the fourth presidential election since and even if I had any inclination to vote for a ruler it really wouldn’t matter, my state’s electoral votes are irrelevant.

    Like Matt, I have voted for some local issues, where often only 150 or so people turn up at the polls.

  21. Pat Says:

    Not voting. Been there, done that, and it didn’t change a thing – the country is still in a mess, and getting worse.

    (Come to think of it, I’ve never picked a winner. Do you suppose if I did, the country would improve? Nahh!)

  22. A.G. Says:

    I vote in every election, for many of the reasons listed above. Not including the primaries, most votes are cast for third party candidates. A benign act of protest, it leads to interesting conversations when people ask. It seems to give my voiced opinions a bit more weight in those dialogs than perhaps I would have otherwise had.

  23. Ken Hagler Says:

    Not voting. In the past I’ve gone to vote on state ballot propositions (which can have pretty substantial effects in California), but as I’m moving to another state three days after the election I figured it isn’t any more concern of mine.

  24. Jack B. Nimble Says:

    I’m voting for Romney. Because if it isn’t close, they can’t cheat.

    One vote is not much, but you can’t build a landslide without it.

    Ford lost to Carter (spit) by a nationwide margin of less than one vote per precinct. Doesn’t mean squat in the electoral college, but still…

  25. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit Says:

    Voted. It’d be kinda hypocritical to vote for myself and not for others, after all. We have lots of state-limiting measures on the ballot in Oregon and every vote helps – and if they DON’T pass, I can still say “I voted for freedom.”

    Is freedom or liberty won by voting? Not really. Doesn’t mean I can’t vote for it, though. ;)

    Speaking of things that don’t matter – can you imagine being Jim Bovard’s therapist??? Or worse, his therapist’s therapist? Talk about large amounts of danger pay!!!

  26. Jim Bovard Says:

    Aye, but what about the old saying that ‘every therapist gets the [redacted] he deserves?’

  27. Jim Bovard Says:

    Sad when I’ve reached the point where I get outwitted by a lawyer-judge.

  28. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit Says:

    You need to score another speaking engagement out here on the Left Coast and make me buy you dinner again by way of making it up to you…..

  29. Jim Bovard Says:

    I would enjoy getting back out to Oregon – the NW is a bracing environment. And great beer.

    Even better judges, or so I’m told.

  30. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit Says:

    Only within certain jurisdictions. At least one circuit is an absolute nightmare…

  31. naturegirl Says:

    I find the whole process corrupt, so my answer is no. Even if I did have an address, it would still be no. I’m thinking more about the “after effects” of the election more than the election itself.

    I ran into a woman last week on her way to catch a cruise ship – a trip that she’s not planning on coming back to the USA from. She has literally sold everything except a few things she left at her sister’s house to hold for her once she gets settled in her new country. Doesn’t matter to her what the outcome of the election is, she’s outta here……

  32. winston Says:

    Didn’t bother getting an absentee ballot. Not going to.

  33. Mr Galt Says:

    I am voting and I’ll tell you why.

    If there has ever been a difference between two candidates this is it. Sure, Romney may be a “typical politician”, but Barack Obama is a Marxist radical, who will most assuredly, totally destroy this country if he is given 4 more years.

    In the same way that Obama thinks that not making decisions on pressing issues is avoiding controversy (thus, precipitating a wholly nasty outcome), so too, not to vote is to vote. You release whatever power you have into the hands of others, no matter how small you view that power to be.

    And before everyone jumps on me to flame, let me also tell you I was a participating, card-carrying member of the Libertarian Party for many years. I gave up on them because of their complete lack of pragmatism. Indeed, I found their ideology so “pure”, their favorite pass time seemed to be cutting off their own noses to spite their faces. Better a half a cake then no cake, kids.

    For those that think that voting for Gary Johnson is going to send “some kind of message” – grow up. I supported Ross Perot in 1992, and we got 19% of the popular vote. More than any other third party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt ran under the “Bull Moose” banner. Did that change anything? Notice anyone “getting the message?” Nope, didn’t think so. So what’s Gary’s 1.2% of the vote going to prove this time? Been there, did it, bought the tee shirt.

    The key thing people need to remember, is your job DOESN’T END ON ELECTION DAY. Get the guy that’s as close to you as you can into office, then stick his nutters in a vise and hold them to the flame. That’s what we need to do. The party’s have become too similar, because we have allowed it. Complain all you want about the politicians, we are ultimately responsible.

    Step up to the plate.

  34. jed Says:

    I’ve been back/forth on the voting thing. Mostly, I’m in the “I should withold my participation, because voting indicates an endorsement of the system” camp. But I admit I have voted a bit recently. Mostly, it’s been because of measures which absolutely, positively, must be voted down at the state level. Colorado has a crap system, and gobs of dreck gets dumped into the Constitution. Any time there’s any measure which would result in a tax increase, I vote against it. It’s sort of self-preservation. This month, despite my distaste for stuffing yet more crap into the state Constitution, I wanted to vote for the marijuana measure.

    Also, even though replacing one statist with another isn’t important in the long run, I sooooooooooooo want to see the Democrats repudiated, that I voted for Mitt. And, maybe if the slide towards collapse can be slowed even a little bit, well, that gives me more time to get my affairs in order.

    Also, I credit Tam for the snark that motivates some of my voting: … because, what the hell, if people are voting at me, I might as well vote back at them.

  35. Tom Blanton Says:

    I sense that my therapist, who doubles as my cat, is trying to tell me to stay inside all day tomorrow and consume large quantities of my medication.

    I understand that there will large numbers of republicrats prowling around tomorrow and they are often violent and dangerous. It’s probably best if I just avoid these people altogether to prevent likely confrontations. They handle constructive criticism so poorly I’ve learned.

  36. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit Says:

    Of course, Jed, one could also say (with a nod to our lovely and talented hostess here) that if you’re not shooting the varmints, you’re endorsing the system… ;)

  37. Tom Blanton Says:

    Mr. Galt has been hanging around with Wayne Allyn Root too much. I have more constructive criticism for Mr. Galt, but I need to go feed my therapist as she’s crying out now.

  38. Geoff Ross Says:

    Of course I vote. It is a habit I learned from my Father who was active Politically. Have voted in every election since I was eligible to vote. When I was in the Army overseas I got absentee ballots while other guys got Dear John letters. Habits are hard to break.

    I like driving down the hill to the town garage to say hello to the poll workers and fill out my paper ballot. Nice folks with a boring job, not that many folks show up, we are a small township.

    Politics is like rooting for your college football team. You feel great if your team wins, bad if they loose. But in the end it matters not because whomever wins is irrelevant.

    How bout them dawgs! (UGA Grad)

  39. Mary Lou Says:

    Not voting at all. First time since 1968. About 20 years ago I stopped voting except for Libertarian candidates and on referendums (against new bonds and taxes mainly) , this year there are NO Libertarian candidates and no new taxes to vote against. So I’m taking the day off (though I do have a local candidate for sheriff sign in my yard, but he’s a shoo-in). The whole thing is rigged anyway.

  40. Tom Says:

    Yes I’m voting. In Virginia we’ve got a Constitutional Amendment to fix the Kelo decision. I’m hoping it will pass, given our amendment process there will never be another chance to do it.

    Other than that, I hope to boost the Libertairan vote total to the best it has ever been, 1% (yeah that’s not great at all, but it would at least be going in the right direction). Hope my vote helps replace Cantor with a “conservative” democrat, which would be a improvement and allow a more pro-freedom R to be nominated and win in two years.

    Haven’t figured out what to do about the Senate. Allen was such a horrible senator and Kaine was such a horrible governor, I can’t vote for either of them.

  41. Rooney Says:

    Voted for Johnson to help libertarians secure matching campaign funds from the feds. Didn’t vote for local congress critters because I don’t know (or care enough TO know) anything about them. Voted in favor of state marijuana initiative. Voted against veteran’s preference in state hiring procedures (too many “preferences” there already.) Voted for amendment requiring state representatives to DC to put forward campaign finance reform measure. Fired all of the judges.

    Tomorrow I’ll vote for a lot of Jack Daniels and spring water.

    THAT vote I expect to enjoy.

  42. Hanza Says:

    @Bear: That “assault weapons ban” that Romney signed was actually legislation promoted by the MA state wide pro-firearms organization (GOAL).

    It modified a ban from before Romney came to office and made it *less* restrictive.

    I voted for Romney, not the Commie.

    While I would love to have seen either Ron Paul or Gary Johnson as president, I know that wasn’t possible. So, a vote for anyone other than Romney is a throw away vote, and just helps Obama.

  43. Kevin Wilmeth Says:

    Interesting, to read the ranks here.

    Me? No way in hell.

  44. Roberta X Says:

    I’m voting.

    Sure, it’s only a little less relevant than the British Monarchy, but A) I have a judge to vote against, Indiana’s Steven H. David; B) it’s as close to putting a scare in ’em as I can get; C) we have a couple of races between nasty campaigners and nasty, *lying* campaigners, and I’ll feel all warm if I vote against the liars.

    Besides, what if the wrong lizard wins?

    (Rule of thumb: if no better basis exists, vote for the fatter candidate. Sure, they’ll take more tar and feathers, but they’re easier to catch and can’t hide as easily.)

  45. RickB Says:

    Not voting.
    I voted in every election from the time I turned 21 through 2000. Then I decided that voting for the lesser of two evils is, for me, still doing evil. And OMG was it hard. I felt so guilty about not voting. I knew it was the right choice but I still felt like a sinner. The whole experience brought me to realize something about myself: I was raised a Roman Catholic and am now a Christian (no denomination), but I was simultaneously a devout member of the church of nation-worship.
    It’s really good to finally be free of that bondage.

  46. Sam Says:

    I am going to vote after work today. Lots of important stuff on the VA ballot. While I understand the system is broken and Obama and Romney are both icky I can not forget about the local props that are important and will have an effect on my daily life.

  47. Mike Says:

    Multiple reasons.
    – There’s a clear “least evil” this year (Johnson).
    – There’s no chance he will win, but I’ll still be able to criticize the poor decisions of whoever wins this year’s popularity contest.
    – This year’s got a decent chance of a 3rd party making the required percentage of votes to receive federal funding, thus reducing what the other parties get, and possibly jamming things up a little more.

    As far as ballot questions:
    – Yes on medical pot. Should be obvious why. And yes, I’d vote for full legalization.
    – Yes on physician-assisted suicide. If leaving it illegal saves any lives, it’s through fear of the pain of dying being worse, the fear of a botched suicide attempt, and the very real worry that one’s spouse will be looked at by the state as an accomplice in the aftermath.
    – Yes on “right to repair,” not because it’s the right thing to do, but specifically because it’s so DRASTICALLY WRONG that I’d get a good 3-4 years of entertainment watching the two lobbies and all of the legislators rush around crying “it’s not our fault” when the resulting law makes it not economically feasible to bring new vehicles to MA until approximately 2016. You MA folk want heavy-handed gov’t? OK – you’ve got it.

    In short: This year I vote out of spite.

  48. Mark Call Says:

    Just remember — if you vote, you have no Right to complain.

    After all, you agreed to the farce.

  49. Matt, another Says:

    If you vote, you have the right to complain. If you do not vote you have the right to complain. It’s called freedom of speech.

  50. Mark Call Says:

    …back when Amerika still had a Bill of Rights.

  51. JWG Says:

    I voted for Mr. Johnson. It’s more about self interest than anything else. The other two want to send me off to kill people I don’t hate on behalf of people I don’t love; and die for other people’s foreign policy mistakes.

    I must disagree with Matt. The person who doesn’t vote has the right to complain. The person who votes does not. If you vote, you are sending a message that you believe in the system and its results. So if your guy wins, you chose to put him there and have no right to complain about anything he does. If the other guy wins, you have no right to complain because you are a willing participant in the system that put him there. The person who minds his own business and refrains from forcing his personal opinions on others at the ballot box has the right to expect the ballot box to give him the same courtesy by leaving him alone.

  52. kycolonel Says:

    Thanks Mike Porter for your post. This is a year when I don’t understand why anyone would not help vote the Marxist in Chief out of office.

  53. susan Says:

    Many of my family have fought and died for my “rights”. One of them is to vote. It may not have much effect, but it’s still my right , privilege and duty. So I vote. Besides, if I don’t vote, I’ve got no right to complain (IMHO).

  54. Mark Call Says:

    Now, those Rights have been converted to privileges, then to loopholes – which are rapidly being closed.

    The comment, however, was directed at the usual “Big Lie” that if you do NOT vote, you have no right to complain. In fact, the general principle is that if you participate in a system (arguably, ESPECIALLY so when you know up front it is corrupt and contrary to Law) that you AGREE (you had to ‘register’, remember) to be BOUND by the result.

    I, like Claire and many here, long ago “withdrew consent”.

    The fact that the ‘elected criminazis’ will continue to attempt to deprive the rest of us of the RKBA, ‘free’ speech, due process, and ultimately property and life as well is independent of the fact that we have decided to have no fellowship with their corrupt system.

  55. Matt, another Says:

    I am pretty sure the elected oppressors will oppress non-voters and voters to about the same degree. Whether we vote or don’t vote, the individual does not exist to the machine. The only votes that probably truly count are those totals from like minded voters that can be measured as a “voting block” that can be relied upon by one party or another. I am pretty sure that if 0 people voted, absolutely kelvin kind of 0, that a winner would still be declared.

    I did vote today and I will still heartily complain about the outcome, the process, the establishment and the system. I’m just kind of perverse that way. Besides, filling in every other bubble was kind of fun.

  56. Pat Says:

    Sometimes I wonder if we all should just vote every non-incumbent into office every four years – just to keep them hopping and sweating… just to make sure no one party or group can grab or keep control… just to let them know we don’t give a damn who’s in office… just to let them know that WE, not they, are the ‘government’ of choice.

  57. Laird Says:

    I voted this morning. I always vote. It amuses me and gives me a chance to see the neighbors. I don’t expect it to have any effect on anything whatsoever. Neither does watching Monday Night Football, but I do that, too. For entertainment.

    I voted for Johnson, and got my wife and son to do the same. Our state is a lock for Romney (the anti-Obama), so sending a cryptic “message” makes as much sense as anything else I could do (certainly more of a message than not voting). Maybe it will help the next libertarian to qualify for matching funds. Maybe it will help Johnson achieve his 5% goal. If nothing else it will give me something to talk about whenever politics comes up.

    I like Roberta’s rule of thumb (perhaps that’s why Christie won in NJ?), but mine is to vote against the incumbent unless I have a specific reason to vote for him, and to abstain for voting for anyone who is running unopposed (sadly, far too many of those in my district). Similarly, I always vote against proposed constitutional amendments unless there’s a specific reason to vote for them (we don’t have initiatives in my state). Once in a while I’ll write in my name, too, just to see if it makes the papers (it never does; I don’t think they actually count write-ins). As I said, entertainment. None of it matters.

  58. Matt, another Says:

    “In order to prevent those who are vested with authority from becoming oppressors, the people have a right, at such periods and in such manner as they shall establish by their frame of government, to cause their public officers to return to private life, and to fill up vacant places by certain and regular elections.” – John Adams

  59. MamaLiberty Says:

    Outside of a voluntary association, there is nothing in the world that is legitimately subject to a political “vote.” The key being “legitimately.”

    But we “vote” all the time legitimately… We vote with our wallets, our feet, and the associations, cooperatives we engage in for mutual benefit with friends and neighbors.

    Political voting against intrusive and thieving measures locally can certainly be understood and even justified, since the illegitimate system IS supported by so many of our neighbors. That can be a hard choice. To make a probably futile attempt at self defense and – in a perverse way support the very system that is oppressing and robbing you – knowing that it will likely continue to do so no matter how you vote. Or walk away from it and do your best to remove yourself from the additional oppression and theft by your life choices instead. Or maybe some of both?

    In WY we are faced with three bad “constitutional amendments.” I’ve read them all and find them terrible, empowering the state at the expense of the Feds… but reducing freedom for individuals in every case. Go vote against them? Might help a little, temporarily. Might not.

    Have not yet made up my mind. But the rest of the ballot will be blank in any case.

  60. LarryA Says:

    Already voted. The way my luck has been going if I don’t vote Texas will be the swing state and Obama will carry it by my missing ballot. Then I won’t be welcome here any more.

    It would be nice, in my lifetime, to have a presidential race where I could vote FOR someone.

  61. G.W.F. Says:

    I only voted once in a general election, then to try and deny Clinton a 2nd term. I will register to vote, cast a vote in the primary (usually hoping a candidate like Ron Paul will get a shot). Then tear up my voter registration and send back asking to be removed. I really, really do not want to be called into Jury Duty. The places I have lived generally pull those lucky jury-folk from the voter registration. When I was registered, I got called up for jury duty twice, since doing it this way I have not been called at all. This system works for me. Until a candidate like Ron Paul is in the running for the job, I see no reason to vote.

    This is one of the few times in my life I am actually hoping the conspiracy theorists are right. If you listen to the tinfoil hat guys (not that there is anything wrong with a high-quality tinfoil hat now and again), the Bilderberg’s were not happy with Obama and have already selected Romney to take over this year. Add in the fact that he has control over the voting machines in Ohio: the GOP should steal this election. Not something I would normally support, but as much as I despise Romney, I despise Obama even more.

  62. Tam Says:

    I heard somebody was voting at me, so I figured “What the heck…” and voted back at ’em.

    I don’t really expect it to make any difference, but I’m usually not doing anything important of a Tuesday morning anyhow.

    I really, really do not want to be called into Jury Duty.

    Great. And people wonder why juries wind up being composed of people who wouldn’t know the Constitution and the Bill of Rights if they got a papercut from them…

  63. Laura Says:

    Voted today– why? I’m weaning myself out of it, slowly. After having been intensely political most of my life, I’m trying to get away from it. But this year I went half-way by voting for neither of the Big Two. I went with Johnson. Next time, I hope to have built enough inner-strength to stop feeding my psyche to the system entirely.

  64. Woody Says:

    “I really, really do not want to be called into Jury Duty.”

    Hmmm, possibly the only place left where you could strike a blow for freedom and justice and have it make a real, tangible difference……And you want no part of it??????? WTF?

  65. Jim Bovard Says:

    I voted for Gary Johnson for prez. He did a fine job in the RT debate last night on the issue of Iran and the folly of making another 100 million enemies of America.

    I wasn’t sure whether I’d bother to vote – but I had to go out and get beer anyhow – and there was no line at the polling place, so….

    As I was leaving, one of the poll workers thanked me for voting. I burst out laughing. I did not explain to her that I favored destroying almost all the jobs of the govt. workers & govt. contractors within a 30 mile radius.

  66. G.W.F. Says:

    The legal system is broken. I didn’t break it and it is not going to be fixed by me sitting on a jury. They should open up the system for folks that want to “strike a blow for freedom and justice and have it make a real, tangible difference” or are “usually not doing anything important of a Tuesday morning anyhow” and leave me alone. I have been called up twice and it was the biggest bureaucratic mess and waste of time and energy I have ever witnessed. I just want NO PART of it. Sorry if that offends anyone, but asking an anarchist to perform a civic duty is like trying to force a cat to play the guitar.

  67. BusyPoorDad Says:

    I voted for every third party person running, and left blank all the single person races. We also had three ballot issues: to hold a state constitutional convention, revamping how congressional districts are drawn, and to impose a tax on property to fund a private company that will “create” 18,000 jobs at a cost of $90,000 per job for the next five years. (hmm, yes, yes, hell no)

    We also had ballot issues for the county and local city.

    A lot of my ballot was blank with write ins for my wife. But the big two did not get a single vote from me.

  68. JS Says:

    I voted for Johnson. Hopefully, 5% of the population will as well.

  69. jed Says:

    > trying to force a cat to play the guitar.

    I think that’s been done. Have you checked YouTube?

  70. jed Says:

    Figured I’d toss in a link to the voting shirt.

    Choose the form

  71. Claire Says:

    jed — Pretty funny. But now I’m going to think of whichever candidate who wins as the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man …

  72. kaflick Says:

    I voted (mostly because there were 8 tax levies to vote against). I did
    not vote for Romney or Barak. I had decided to not vote for the lesser
    of two evils years ago.

    The last guy I voted for who won was Regan.

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