01 November 2010

Call Me Evil

I have no intention of voting. Whatsoever. Though Mormons are encouraged to "be involved" and "do their research," I

1. find that most of the info to be found is biased.
2. think no one can predict how politicians will react in different situations.
3. hate the drama of politics.

I heard a dude say recently that he votes for the most evil candidates so that they will bring the Second Coming faster. Maybe he was joking. Maybe not. Weird.

Anyway, maybe next year.


  1. THat's funny you'd say this--I had the conversation at the dinner table last night. My husband is ultra-consv and I'm more liberal and I like to tweak him :) I said that if it was so important for us to get out and vote then why wasn't it important enough for the church to get involved? If voting were so critical then shouldn't they get behind a candidate too? He didn't agree but really had no argument to dispute with. Here in AK we've got one Tea Party maniac who is shifty and irritating and has no great background in politics, then you have the idiot small-town Democrat mayor who would probably get lost on his way to work each day in the capital and then you have the nepotistic, silver-spooned, high-brow ex-Republican who lost in the primaries but can't let go of her privileged position so she's launched a write-in campaign. I can't stand any of them so I'm going to vote for the biggest maniac (the Tea Party guy) just because he'll never be able to work reasonably with anyone there so most likely will accomplish nothing and therefore spend no money. THat's my logic.

  2. I explained to James about election day, and made a ballot for him to vote for which cereal he wanted for breakfast. He crumpled the ballot, threw a tantrum, and dumped cream of wheat all over the kitchen.

  3. I care about politics. I care about the issues. I try to read a variety of contrasting opinions. But I don't feel like I have to vote. Voting is like eating vegetables, I understand why it's necessary but I don't always feel like it. And I refuse to feel guilty about it.

  4. I don't vote either! I was starting to feel weird about it, I don't usually tell people. It's for the same reasons as you actually, plus the fact that I'm not living there, so why would I vote for things that will effect others but not me? I mean, if they are debating a law that everyone who doesn't live in the states should pay 500x more in taxes, then perhaps I will consider it, but for now I'm fine abstaining.

  5. I don't vote. I used to be really into voting, and then I realized something. My life generally does not change no matter who is in charge.

    Isn't that bitter and cynical of me? My life with Pres. Obama (who I like, and would like to see win again,) is the same as it was with Pres. Bush. (who I did not like.)

  6. 1. Yes, most news sources are biased - but we all know this. I try to understand both sides. There are some sites that attempt at being unbiased.

    2. Whether we are realists or idealists (i.e. the natural man making the rational actor model a way to predict politicians actions - the pull of power basically) I don't think the issue is knowing what politicians will do once they are in office, but transparency and the availability/accessibility of such information.

    3. I hate the drama of politics too. It's a complete circus. Nothing is really ever accomplished except kindling anger. Why do people think they need to get angry to change things?

  7. I always vote for the candidate with the least annoying voice since that person will be impersonated for many years.

    Not really.

    But it's still important to think about.