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Forum Post: What Is A Vote?

Posted 5 years ago on May 25, 2012, 11:33 a.m. EST by JadedCitizen (4277)
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Engaging in an inquiry as to how other people will vote, or whether he has the money to convince people in sufficient numbers to support him amounts to abandoning your inalienable personal right to cast your vote according to your conscience.

There is no such thing as a wasted vote. We do not vote to be seen as having correctly predicted the winner. This will amount to turning the exercise into a game. It is much more serious that that. So serious that I cannot imagine why anybody will contemplate voting for someone they detested or thought unsuitable simply because others appear to be swayed his way.

The matter is really so simple but it is amazing how most people misunderstand the concept. It is also unhelpful to stay away because you have calculated that your candidate will not win or the process will be rigged against him. Unhelpful and wrong! it is your right to have a say and in an election you can only have your say through your vote. The fact that others may not agree with you does not mean you should not have your say or worse still that you should abandon your say and adopt what others are saying. It is like forsaking your certificate of ‘personal' sovereignty!




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[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 5 years ago

I will vote my conscious

[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 5 years ago

I trust you will.

[-] 1 points by JIFFYSQUID92 (-994) from Portland, OR 5 years ago

If you don't fucking Vote, YOU don't fucking count! And you necessarily have to STFU!

[-] 2 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 5 years ago

Squid, voting counts...and everyone should vote.....that is exactly what the article said. If you agree with that premise, why the angst?

[-] 1 points by elf3 (3858) 5 years ago

A vote is something that goes through a company called Diebold who gives millions of dollars to a certain political party (and who's number one client is the banks being that they provide them the ATM machines) - then goes into a computer system that can be pre-programmed (already proven) to change votes and elect a candidate of the company's choosing. Hello Democracy !!

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 5 years ago

If people want to vote, they should do so, but no matter who you vote for this mess we are in will not go away by voting. We should put all of our energies here in OWS on the revolution, and getting people educated, and out in the streets.

[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 5 years ago

I agree with you 100 percent - anyone's time would be better spent in exercising their free speech out in the streets spreading revolution. But I posted this because the person who wrote this article expressed so well my sentiments on voting and what I think it really means. If people want to vote, they should, but vote what you really believe in and don't feel hemmed in by partisan rhetoric.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 5 years ago

Thanks, the link was good. We're on the same page JC. See you in the streets. Solidarity