This isn't knitting related so if you don't want to read it, don't. I rarely post anything political here so please excuse this one post.
This post started as my comment on Indigirl's post about gay marriage rights, and Bonne Marie's joke about Jeter for president. And then I started thinking, and now I feel the need to write it down.
I'm not an American citizen so I do not have the RIGHT to vote in this country. I'm a permanent resident so I have every other right and duty except the right to vote. I pay the same taxes, use the same forms, go to the same schools, etc. But coming into the country I stand on the other line to go through customs. I still have to follow the same laws but I have absolutely no say in any of them.
For those of you who DO have a say, I implore you to please think about that privilege and excersize it, and please do it wisely.
I call myself a "fiscal republican," in that if I were allowed to vote I would tend to vote along the republican party line because its general fiscal stance is what I believe in. I believe in less taxation, smaller government, fewer laws, state rights, more "laisez faire." I don't tend to agree with most of its social views (I'm pro choice and in favor of gay marriage) but if the fiscal fundamentals were in effect, those social views wouldn't be relevant (in order to outlaw gay marriage more laws have to be passed, more money has to be spent, more government involvement which is the exact opposite of the ideal).
I gotta say, though, that Bush has succeeded in alianating one of the few young adults I know who would have voted republican if she were allowed to vote. Not only is his ridiculous zeal for banning gay marriage obnoxious and embarassing, his proposed budget is a joke. What I want to know is, who actually agrees with his stance on all these issues?? Most republicans today are not the crazy conservative republicans he seems to be representing -- most of us tend to be more progressive, at least most of those I've met.
In history, the president up for re-election almost always wins. If I had a say in it, I would not vote for him. Now, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't vote for Dean either. But either way I have no say.
I wish there were a party that would encompass my views and which had a chance of winning, but unfortunately our country seems to be doomed to a two-party system in which we pick from bad and worse (4 years ago I would have voted for Bush, cuz the alternative was worse). Even though I don't personally have the right to make that horrible choice, I still think about it and it still affects my life.
So basically, what I'm saying is, if you have the right to vote, please do so wisely. It really matters, and it's a luxury that your neighbors and friends don't necessarily enjoy.
Well said. I sit just across the aisle from you, I think. I consider myself a fiscally conservative socially liberal democrat (mostly because I am slightly more comfortable with the extreme left than the extreme right). Bush scares me… And I vote. Every election.
Cripes! Too bad you can’t vote. The country needs more disenchanted Republicans like you.
Back in the day you would be referred to as a “Southern Democrat”! that is, fiscally conservative and socially progressive (Sane)…Tee Hee… I would NEVER vote for a republican for president unless she were a black jewish lesbian liberal. The republican (small r) party has been hijacked by people that think all moral quandries can be answered by (their) scripture, and all fiscal problems can be solved by a free marketplace. The republican party used to be hands off, but now all they want to do is “TELL” me how I “SHOULD” live, think, and behave. UGH!
February 17, 2004
I am about as opposite on the political spectrum as you and I am even a respectful political science graduate student and knitter- a rare breed in the US; but I can say that 1. I will vote and vote in every election (even though I am out of the US right now)- it ensures my right to complain if I dont like what happens :) and 2. when my mother a Goldwater (as in he was a family friend) Republican voted for Gore because she thought that ill of Bush it says a lot about the direction (or alienation) of the republican party.