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So true. The majority has stopped believing in 'by the people, for the people' and given up on the political process.
Only "a majority..." of kookbergers...

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Only "a majority..." of kookbergers...
I know a majority of 'kookbergers'---they reelected Bush.
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My kids vote in every election, even primaries! I don't think the disenfranchisement argument holds up, except in small and usually young parts of the population.
That is why I said perceived disenfranchisement because we all went through a certain amount of that at 18-21 when we did not feel that the government had our best interest in mind. I still do at times but know the process a bit better now. I believe the bickering on TV and radio has done a gread injustice to the younger generation [those who may not be as well atuned to the political system] as they see nothing but BS flying back and forth with nothing happening.

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Here in Arkansas we have early voting in addition to the Tuesday scramble.
It runs for about 2 weeks prior and includes 2 Saturdays. No excuses about not being able to get off work/school/busy.

Now stupid is a different story, if you don't have a clue about the people running or the issues they represent, please stay home.

As the Democrats here say "vote early - vote often", or if your dead and your obit ran in the paper -- your vote is Democrat.
We don't need no stinking voter ID!!!!!
The "stupid" vote bothers me on two levels. I know people on both sides who will go in and just pull the Republican lever or the Democrat lever without consideration for who might be below. Sometimes that is ok but there are other times that a very poor choice is made with that kind of brain dead lever pulling.

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The "stupid" vote bothers me on two levels. I know people on both sides who will go in and just pull the Republican lever or the Democrat lever without consideration for who might be below. Sometimes that is ok but there are other times that a very poor choice is made with that kind of brain dead lever pulling.
"Brain dead lever pulling" sounds like what caused Chernobyl's graphite moderated reactor to burn. Or a euphemism for mindlessly jacking off. Which can make you go blind. In all cases I think we can agree. Brain dead lever pulling is not likely to lead to positive consequences. Jiim
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I know a majority of 'kookbergers'---they reelected Bush.
They are down to a RECORD 35% as of today. I believe the phrase was "worst numbers for a wartime President ever". The James Buchanan Fan Club sent a Pick Me Up Bouquet.

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A large percentage of people who have given up on the political process i.e. low voter turn out, laws that restrict individual freedom and increase the Goverments, and a shift to either extreme of the political spectum with spin that labels critics 'unpatriotic' have usually been historical warning signs. Throw in a real economic downturn and maybe the race card, and you have a mix not all that far removed from 1930's Germany. If you think I am totally off my rocker and way out there, take a moment. It may not be as far out there as we would like to think.
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The last paragraph of the present election news re. monies spent got my attention. I would like to see a itemized breakdown on where the money for either party came from

.GOP control of Congress is on the line By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer
17 minutes ago



WASHINGTON
The campaign's final hours brought fresh evidence of the enormous cost.

Spending by the two national parties surged in the final week as Democrats and Republicans invested in television commercials designed to sway the outcome in more than 60 House races and 10 Senate contests. In all, the two parties have spent about $225 million thus far in campaign activities independent of the candidates themselves
Full text: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061107/...n_election_rdp
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That is why I said perceived disenfranchisement because we all went through a certain amount of that at 18-21 when we did not feel that the government had our best interest in mind. I still do at times but know the process a bit better now. I believe the bickering on TV and radio has done a gread injustice to the younger generation [those who may not be as well atuned to the political system] as they see nothing but BS flying back and forth with nothing happening.
A "...gread [sic] injustice" indeed. And I am sure you are "...well atuned [sic]..."

Now I don't give a hoot about your mistakes, and would not usually mention them, but you made such a big deal about never making any a while back, I just couldn't resist... (.20 cents due!)

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