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Rose-colored voting glasses [Nov. 3rd, 2006|01:33 am]
Just finished my homework for the upcoming election. I'm going to do early voting tomorrow morning, since I need to head over to the city & county building to renew my license plates anyway. I discovered early voting last year, when I was going to be out of town on election day. It's great: no waiting, just a bunch of senior citizens, several empty voting booths, and a box of donuts...

Most of the amendments and referenda were easy to decide, if somewhat depressing in that their presence on the ballot implies that not everyone agrees with me on things that I think are fairly obvious with regard to how to run civilization in a non-broken fashion. I'm taking comfort in the fact that most of the races for public office that aren't highly biased in favor of my chosen candidate are ones where I'd probably be reasonably content with either outcome.

The one that leaves a bad taste in my mouth is the local state representative race, where I'll probably feel vaguely dissatisfied regardless of who wins. The incumbent has experience and a good general approach, I think, but votes the wrong way on a number of important issues. The challenger (who I'll probably hold my nose and vote for) is less likely to oppose things I like, but is inexperienced, focused on the wrong things, and really obnoxious. Bleah. And it was really hard to find substantive information on either. I'm honestly considering just abstaining on that one.

I'm inclined to agree with Winston Churchill, who famously said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those others that have been tried."

[User Picture]From: zalena
2006-11-03 12:50 pm (UTC)
My brother says, "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner." He would agree with Churchill, though.
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[User Picture]From: goobermunch
2006-11-03 02:13 pm (UTC)
Plato thought it was "the worst of all lawful governments and the best of all lawless ones."

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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2006-11-03 03:38 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant - just funny enough to get through my defenses and then just sits there and hurts.
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[User Picture]From: backrubbear
2006-11-03 02:33 pm (UTC)
Probably the worst problem is that we've gone from two parties in opposition (not a good system to start) that managed to work with each other in a semblance of compromise to no compromise. 51% is a mandate, 49% be damned.
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