justira ([personal profile] justira) wrote2010-11-02 08:12 pm

[Make-Your-Own Meme] VOTING VOTING VOTING

Hey it's a post from that ridiculous/amazing/this is the worst idea/this is the best idea Make-Your-Own Meme "blog every day of November" thing!

The original post explaining the project is here. Please feel free to continue adding topics/questions on the LJ or DW versions. If something comes up in any of these posts that you'd like to hear more about, please feel free to just make it into its own topic! HERE GOES NOTHING. YOU (SORT OF) ASKED FOR IT.

SO I was supposed to write about fandom today, a topic given to me by [personal profile] seventhe that I am super excited about and already know will be extremely tl;dr—

BUT THEN

Then I had kind of a shitty night and then a bleh day and I am SO tired and my computer died (YES AGAIN; it is dead AS WE SPEAK and I am on a mini generously loaned to me for this purpose) AND ALSO I have some VERY IMPORTANT INCEST TO WRITE

and also!

Also I voted!

So today you get to hear about voting:



I mean, [personal profile] owlmoose totally cheated on her meme and I have [personal profile] seventhe's permission, so I am totally allowed to cheat.

SO VOTING.

I GET REALLY EXCITED ABOUT VOTING. Maybe it is because I come from a place with, you know, not the BEST democratic tradition! I don't know! But I get so excited about voting that I totally wrote an essay about voting a few years back being all like VOTE DAMMIT VOTE.

I've voted in every election I've been eligible for and I am like SO FREAKING EXCITED every time. You know what I love best? I love voting in PRIMARIES. Primaries are EXCELLENT. There are so many things to consider! PRIMARIES GIVE ME HIVES AND ALSO ARE AWESOME.

You know what is not awesome?

The two-party system.

What the HELL kind of democracy is that? WHAT IS THIS MALARKEY.

Two parties is just MESSED UP. You don't actually get to vote on ISSUES. It sucks and makes absolutely no sense to my European brain! But then I am APPARENTLY A SOCIALIST. According to the USian political spectrum. Where I am like WHOA SO EXTREME LEFTY SOCIALIST WHAT. But by European standards I am really quite moderate guys >.>

So politics in the US kind of infuriate me (and by "kind of" I mean ARRRGH KDSHLGKJLDSGHODSGHDKJLSGNDGN) not just because of the positions I see adopted but just by the PROCESS, by how they RUN. It is ABSURD. This two-party thing is utter bollocks, and I swear, capitalism is no longer an economic model in the US; it is a SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.

I am not kidding :(

HOWEVER

I still really love voting. Even when the differences are minor, I still feel that, for me, there is always a sliver of preference I can express. I considered, for a long time, electing not to vote... but it bothers me that there is no real way for anybody to tell the differences between the masses of people who actively choose not to vote as an informed choice/protest and those who just. I don't freaking know. Don't care? I don't know. I don't know why people don't-vote except as an actual choice (barring issues of accessibility). But anyway. The not-voting is called "apathy" no matter what people's actual reasons are and that BOTHERS me because I am not apathetic. I just think every choice sucks! What I REALLY want is a "None of the above, you assholes" option on the ballots. So I can show up and cast my vote for "May all your bungholes itch for eternity".

... but until there is a "None of the above" option I am going to keep on voting for one or the other (NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOUR WEIRD TWO-PARTY SYSTEM PAINS MY EUROPEAN SOUL).

And this year, I voted in Virginia for the last time. I am so happy that I got a chance to try and swing this recently-emerged battleground one more time. I am going to be effing GLUED to the election results now — I was even lucky enough to vote in a tossup district! HOW AWESOME IS THAT.

In closing:



You tell 'em, Ozzbutt

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