Bruce (kor27) wrote,


Let it first be said that I did vote yesterday. That's something I take rather seriously. There aren't really many duties to being an American, but that's one of them, and if you don't participate, you're not so much a citizen as a parasite.

Not that I feel strongly about it, mind you.

I tend to say something like that at every election, and I normally get somebody at least slightly miffed. Let me explain something.

If you actually poll Americans, you'll find that their politics tend to be somewhat to the left of the behavior of their government. With this latest batch of crooks, it's remarkably far to the left. This is because of the simple fact that the government doesn't represent the people, it represents the voters. And for whatever reason, far more conservatives vote than liberals. Apparently liberals are much more likely to feel like "their vote doesn't count," and then do their best to make that true.

It's been even worse recently, because a decade or so ago, the Republican party discovered that, while there aren't an enormous number of nutcase evangelicals, if properly motivated, they will all vote - and so drown out their more apathetic neighbors. That gave us a decade of right-wing nutbag Congress, and Bush. It's only been swinging back because (1) it's been bad enough to motivate sane people to vote in greater quantities, and (2) the evangelicals have realized that the whole theocratic government they felt they were promised isn't likely to materialize.

So if you were of an age to vote, and didn't, in the last 12 years, that means a voice of (hopefully) sanity was not heard in the electoral process. What Bush and his crony congress have done to the economy is your fault. The Iraq war? Your fault. And I mean that in a very real, personal way. Both Bush elections hinged on tiny margins. Just a few thousand people, nationwide, could have swung either election.

All those dead soldiers? All those grieving mothers? Yep. Learn to live with it. And next time - and every time after that - learn the issues, and vote.

Back out of the rant - it was the morning of the election, so too late to mail in my ballot, but the office of the Registrar of Voters is right up the road, so I found that (it's at the big sign that says "Santa Clara County Maintenance Yard"), followed the two big BALLOT DROP-OFF THIS WAY signs to the teensy weensy widdle box sitting right next to them, and, well, dropped it off.

That was about 6:00am. I popped back home and slept.

I had many things planned for Tuesday. Much mit ze repairing uff ze muffler und ze buying uff ze stuff fur ze new slip-boxen.

I even got an email saying my tires were available to be installed.

So of course I didn't get out of bed until 6:30pm. One advantage of a net-connected phone is that you can keep up with your LJ comments, so I was somewhat active all day - I'd get a notification, roll over, respond as pithily as I could manage, then roll back into dreamland. A veritable workhorse of somnolescent productivity.

At least, if your job is responding to LJ comments.

Anyway, kshandra wanted to do dinner "sometime," and the best sometime for, well, some time was right then. So at 6:30pm I bounded (well, more like crawled) out of bed, cleaned up, and met her at the Oakridge Cheesecake Factory.

I'm proud of myself. Not only was I no more than 8 minutes late getting there, but I didn't finish my meal. This is woefully rare for me.

It was, of course, a very pleasant time. I brought the programme thingy from dwo's funeral so she could look at it, and we talked much of this and that. I think some of t'other thing, too.

We parted ways around 9:00pm. I wandered through Borders for a bit, not touching too much for fear of igniting the wrath of sjgrrrl. Besides, I still needed to pay off the mortgage for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. And they didn't have the book I was looking for...

Then home, where I tried to do at least a couple of productive things. My clothes have been washed, and the new clotheshook bar has been put up.

And, umm, umm, yeah, that's about it. Most of the night has been spent watching election tallies. It always feels kinda silly. I'm always cheering on the counts, even though, let's face it, the votes have already been cast.

Now I need to drag myself to bed, so's I can hopefully get up before sundown and do something about that muffler.

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