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01 July 2006 @ 10:27 pm
Via Fark - Seriously Effed-Up Voting Facts  
Okay, there's some really scary shit going on here regarding US elections...

But wait, look! The brown people hate your freedom! Illegal immigrants want to steal your jobs! Ooh- bird flu, you're all gonna die! And over there- flag burners and homos tryin' to get hitched!

// ... can we have our country back now, please?
zra42 on July 2nd, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
California used paper ballots in the June 6 primary due to the absence of a paper trail with the Diebold machines.
Brandonprice on July 2nd, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but why bother with the presidential shit?

Quite frankly, the office of President is going to be perpetually fucked until it becomes something other than herding the cats that live in Congress. Most people can tell you why they think Bush does/n't suck, but can't tell you the name of their House rep and Senators. That's pathetic.

Change starts at the local levels. I wish more sites would start spreading that message.
Miusherimiusheri on July 2nd, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
I agree- we really need to be more vigilant about our local representatives. However, our local reps should also be more in tune with our needs as a whole than with their own.

If it were up to me, more power would be concentrated at lower levels of government. The feds would be there to protect our borders, but that's about it. Also, governmental office would be a voluntary position, and not a full-time job or, heaven forbid, a career.

But, I'm one of those crazy Libertarians, so I know not many agree. ;)

As is, local officials are only interested in lining their own pockets, and the executive branch is getting way too powerful.
Brandonprice on July 2nd, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Accountability is where it's at. It's a pity that local media sucks -- KDKA doesn't have a local Colbert or similar for us, and as sad as it is, I don't care enough to take the lead and start blogging about all the details of my local representative's actions. It's a pity, because someone needs to inform the general public as to what the hell is going on in government locally.

Until there's transparency into what our leadership is doing, we really don't have much of a chance of making an informed change.
Miusherimiusheri on July 2nd, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
Very true. There's too much apathy by the press and by the public at large, meaning elected officials can pretty much run around doing whatever the hell they feel like.

Who's up for rebellion? ;)