10.13.2005

Voting...59.6% isn't 100%

I recently responded to a post about 48% of Americans voting for Kerry....
It was actually 48.27% of 60.3%(1)...29.1% voted for Kerry


2004 Election Data(2)

Summary
Bush
62,041,268
50.73%
Kerry 59,028,548 48.27%
Total
(all candidates)
122,293,720 Turnout rate among voting-eligible: 60.3%
Margin of Victory 3,012,720 2.46%

Actual Summary(of all voters)
Bush........................................................................62,041,268................30.6%
Kerry......................................................................59,028,548.................29.1%
Total Voted(202,808,823)................................122,293,720.................60.3%
Margin of Victory(all voters)................................3,012,720....................1.5%

Why is it that 39.7% of our citizens didn''t vote? The puzzling thing is that this election was considered one of the best since 1992 or 1960's...

One reason, our archaic voting traditions...voting on a Tuesday in November...Tuesday was for travelers, November was for farmers...Most didn't travel on Sundays, so Monday was traveling...in November, the harvesting was done...now the tradition is upheld to limit voters from getting to the polls...Why not hold it on a Saturday? or for 3 days, where it can be more accessible...

I am not going to bash the Electoral College, we are formed as Federalist Republic, and that means we vote by state, not individuals...

Apathy is another reason, it is difficult for people to muster any choice when they don't feel like they are being represented...a two party oligarchy...

10.12.2005

Top 100 Americans

You vote on your choice of top 3 Americans, they give them 4 points, 2 points, and 1 point accordingly to vote, then tally up top 100...kinda like the bad show with Matt Lauer on A&E a few months back...

I found it interesting what we think greatness is.

These are my top 3:

1) George Washington: Man that could have been King

2) Thomas Jefferson: Author of our country

3) Thomas Paine: Pragmatic, fighting spirit of country.

Atheist bashing

Atheism = value-less, no morals/ethics
Atheism = anti-Christian
Atheism = liberal socialist
Atheism = anti-American

For all non-believers about bashing...just set up Google alert for Atheism or Atheist and see it in action. Hyperbole, circular logic, and fear are weapons of these zealots.


http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en


It is definitely time to 'decenter' the idea of Atheism.

In the future I am going to look into the ideas of religion, politics and philosophy...there are some denotations with ideologies that need to be examined...

10.11.2005

BYOB...RSVP...

Congratulations GW, you are succeeding in fracturing the Republican Party. Anytime there is a chipping away of either of the two parties, it is always to my enjoyment. I have always been under the idea that we need bring more parties to the dance. To my chargin, any third party has fizzled out quickly...

Ross Perot, might have caused GHW Bush the election...Nader, might have caused Gore the election...probably not though in retrospect, GHW and Gore just disconnected from the people with arrogant elitism...

Libertarian party has been a huge disappointment, pinning down a platform from them is like asking an agnostic about god. Huh? What's a platform? We don't if a platform exists or not...

Socialist party...well, can't be viable and socialist in America...Socialism equates communism in America...

Independent party...*sigh* I remember John Anderson, and his crazy idea on gun control...Gun Control, that is just cuckoo in 1980...now, to be independent has no meaning, except you don't accept the two major parties...

Tax reform party...need more than one issue...and Republican call dibs on tax issues...

Communist party...*see Socialist party* above

Reform party...it was the Ross Perot party, and he could cry if he wants to....Jesse Ventura, well, you had a chance until you came out of the closet, people don't like their politicans quoting Marx...the party split, divided and now it is basically gone...

Green party...Ralph Nader Party...good for 1-2%...maybe even 4-5% in those liberal college towns...

I think if a third party is ever going to be viable it will have to use the Ross Perot formula(-Ross Perot)...a strong personality with lots of money and connections...

Who comes to mind? Oprah...worth billions...women like her, minorities like her, celebrities like her, she is very tv savvy obviously, religious people like her, but she isn't too religious to annoy secularists...

Anybody else come to mind?