back in texas - and a funny story

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wmnak
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   Posted 11/9/2006 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i think that this is a funny story, so bare with me while i tell it.  i had been saying that i wanted to get home to tx before the election on nov 7.  no problem.  then my wife and i get caught up in some stuff and we decide to get absentee ballots.  they didn't arrive until the day they were supposed to be submitted!  so my wife decides we're going back to tx so i can vote.  we pack the car and the cat and take off.  we spent three days and two nights on the road travelling over 1300 miles (yes, my uk frioends, america is a very big country) abd arrive on nov 6. 
 
no problemo!  on tues morning, nov 7, my wife and i go to vote.  when we get to the polls we discover that my wife's right to vote has been suspended and that mine has been revoked!  the election official at the polls got my wife set up immediatly.  i filled out a request for re-registratiomn and carried it to the county seat, about 25 miles away.  i talked with a very nice young man who got me back on the rolls in about an hour.  i then went back to the polling station (another 25 miles) showed the official the new voter registration card that i had been provided and i finally got to vote.  it took me from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm to cast my ballot.  the official at the voting station was the master of understatement when she said "you must really want to vote!"  i told her it was my only  voice to the government.
 
hope i haven't bored everyone to death.  of course you know i have a warped sence of humor.
 
warren

Jade11
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   Posted 11/11/2006 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that is quiet a story that you have there.  It is good to know that there are still people out there who care so much about voting. I have heard that in some states in can be a process to vote.  I live in the upper midwest, and in the state I live in voting is pretty simple.  I think that if you are not registered you can bring in a bill addressed to your home and that can work.  I even heard that you could bring a registered voter to vouch for you. 

wmnak
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   Posted 11/11/2006 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Jade,

Midwest? sounds more like california! tongue
 
warren

Post Edited (wmnak) : 11/11/2006 9:37:43 AM (GMT-7)


wmnak
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   Posted 11/11/2006 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
i just re-read my last post and thought that it was too flippant and even a bit arogent.  let me explain exactly how i feel, for what it's worth.
 
this is the Gospel according to warren.
 
i believe it was thomas jefferson who said that the greatest threats to a democracy were complacency and apathy.  during the hundred-odd years since the civil war amd the sixts-odd tears since ww ii, the population of the usa has become both complacent and apathetic.  more people voted for american idol than voted in the last presidential election!  more people know the names of the hottest pop muisic idols than know the names of their senators and congressperson.  more peop0le know the names of the game show hosts than know the contents of the bill of rights (except, matbe, the 5th ammendment - but they don't know wny they don't have to talk to the police).
 
in a way i can't blame them because it is a self-fulfilling prophacy.  politicians will do what they want to do and will lie, cheat, and steal and there isn't a d*mned thing that we can do about it.  that's fauilure-think which leads to the kind of government we have today.
 
sometime between 1781 (?) and 1950, we switched from calling our congresspeople "representatives" to calling them "leaders."  these men and women in washington couldn't lead a horse to water, let alone lead a nation of free people!  these representatives work fior us - we pay them and their staffs.  they work for us.  there are in washington to do our bidding, not someone else's.
 
every once in a while there is a violent shake-up.  it happened after viet nam.  i remember the police riots during the democratic convention in chicago.  i remember barry goldwater's book "a choice not a echo" (great book, read it if you can find a copy).  i also remember nixon's paranoia, even after his landslide victory - and watergate.
 
i believe it was viet nam that turned this country.  before that fiasco, we were fighting real enemies who wanted to conquer our country or who wanted to take over a free people.  in viet nam, we were defending dole pineapple with our sons and daughters, boyfriends and girlfriends, sisters and brothers.  he** no we won't go! became the lament for a whole generation.  mistrust in our government began in earnest.  lbj carrying on the war against popular disapproval also led to the large sustained apathy that we have now.  "what can i do?  what difference will my vote make?  they'll do what thay want to do regardless" became engrained in the minds of the young people of that era.
 
each party has fialed to deliver.  each party feels "entitled" to get what they can from lobbiests and pacs - thinking that their constutuents can be swayed with directed ad campaigns come election time.  in tx, where i live, a former migrant worker got elected to the house of representatives.  he was almost penniless when he went to washington.  when he retired from congress, he was a millionair!  AND WE LET HIM - AND HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS in washington do it!  who's stupid?
 
the only voice we have is voting.  yes, i went throrough a lot to vote during this off-year election.  but i expressed my opinion in the only way this country allows me to:  by voting.
 
this election we sent a message to our "leaders"  but what was that message?  was that message that we love the democrats and hate the republicans?  i don't think so. is it that we want all of the democratic agenda and none of the republican agenda?  probably not.  listening to the talking heads on cnn it's that we are unhappy with the war in iraq.  Yes.  so what else is new?  (said in my best yiddish accent).  is it that we are unhappy with graft, theft, hypocracy, and "it doesn't apply to me"?  probably.  is it that we want election reform?  maybe.  is it that we are sick of being manipulated?  i'd hope so.
 
so i cast my vote.  i expressed an opinion.  it's all i have.
 
long rant.
 
warren

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   Posted 11/11/2006 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Warren,

I'm completely with you on all of this -- not just the good ol' US of A! I've got a whole rant of my own for the UK, and will probably share one day. Just so tired at the moment and increased meds making me feel less like ranting!

Rosie x
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Jade11
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   Posted 11/11/2006 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
No Warren,
 
Not California I am describing.  It is Minnesota!  In fact in many ways I think MN is a more progressive state than California.  And I know that Wisconsin has the policy that if you bring a photo ID, and a bill addressed to you with an address in the district they will let you vote.  I know because I did it when I lived in Wisconsin, and they let me vote! 

Djonma
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   Posted 11/11/2006 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Warren! That's amazing!

We can't do that here; if you're not on the rolls come election day, tough.
And in fact, they only update them like 4 times a year, though they will put people on up to a month before a General Election.
But after that, it's tough.
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CapninHapnin
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   Posted 11/13/2006 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Warren

Did your cat get to vote? I imagine probably so with the way TX redrew up their districts!

I completely agree with your rant, with one exception. The Vietnam war was not fought only for the Dole Pineapple Co., but also for the rubber tree plantations for Goodyear and Firestone.

When this country was originated, the House of Representaives would only serve a two year term, then return to their real professions. The Senate would require a larger commitment of time, 6 years. Neither of these offices were meant to be a life-long career.

I have become an anti-incumbant voter. I may agree with everything the current incumbant stands for, but I still try to vote the bum out.

Both parties have failed us. They have become pro wrestling, but at least in pro wrestling they settle it in the ring. One party will take a stand against the other, and no matter what the stand is, they hate it.

There's my rant

Cap
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Post Edited (CapninHapnin) : 11/13/2006 6:57:58 PM (GMT-7)


wmnak
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   Posted 11/14/2006 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
cap,
 
thanks for replying to my rant.  i thought that everybody would just say, "warren is having a manic episode and is at it again!"  i'm glad that you took me seriously.  two things i take seeriously (and you're never supposed to talk about them) are religion and politics.  i try to leave my religion out of my postings, but not my culure and even the characterization of it.
 
i had forgotten about goodyear and firestone.  good point.  it's just been a long time since the 60s and 70s. maybe i could blame my forgetfulness on the bp?  nah.
 
i used to be an independent.  after moving to tx a freind of mine needed someone to fill in for him at a political caucus and asked me to go.  after a lot of arguement, i finally agreed to go.  at this caucus they resolved that aids was a disease of homosexuals only and should not get public funding.  i asked them how they could try to legislate science, but was voted down.  i sat there for about four hours of this cr*p.  my back was killinmg me and i didn't have a pain pill, so i left.  someone else attending the caucus saw me in pain trying to hobble to my car, came over to me, and began praying for jesus to heal me!  we were not amused.  i told this person that i was jewish and he looked at me like i was a martian.  so much for a "large umbrella" iin a political party.
 
when i told my wife about these experiences we decided to register with the other politcal party.  that party only has graft and curruption, with several of its members in high office in prison.  i can't win!  :-)
 
hope this brightens your day.
 
warren
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