Wednesday, November 03, 2004
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
- H.L. Mencken
Posted by Me at 22:39 link
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Hey Undecided Voter!Yeah, you—the one who hasn't decided who to vote for!
Are you better off now than you were four years ago?
Seriously, are you safer? Has your standard of living improved? Do you have more, or less of a good feeling, a feeling of general well-being? Are you more, or less, optimistic about the future, and about your children's future?
Well, here's a helpful hint: if you make less than, oh, $200,000 a year, then you're probably not better off. You're probably a nervous wreck. You're probably worried about your job (will your job be outsourced? will your pay keep up with inflation?), the growing debt burden on your kids (projected deficit: about 10 trillion dollars, something like $40,000 for every US American man, woman and child alive today), and you're probably worried about our national security (will terrorists somehow bomb us back to the stone age? will a series of wars bankrupt our nation, and destroy our alliances?).
Is it fair to blame George W. Bush for all of that? Or course not. But is it fair to let him completely off the hook? Hell, no! When the team starts losing and keeps losing, it's a good idea to change managers. When the ship sinks, it's fair to blame the captain. [Insert your favorite metaphor here]
And hey, you!
Yeah, you—the one who hasn't decided whether to vote! You know who you'd vote for, but you're not sure whether it's worth the effort.
Yeah, it matters! Your vote will actually count. It's oh-so-definitely worth the effort. The last election was decided by 537 votes. So get off your butt, get over to the polling place, and VOTE TODAY.
Go before work, go after work—in 32 states, laws require your boss to let you vote during work, if necessary—so just do it. Right now.
Posted by Me at 13:49 link