Monday, January 18, 2010

How many times have you heard, "your vote counts"?

In a few hours, those who follow the elections intently, will vote for who they have always voted for, one of them, of either party. Those 37% of one party and 13% of the other, will go to bed tomorrow night, feeling confident, that their vote counted, because, they voted for their party candidate and as we've all been told, only they have the answers. And those lucky party loyalists who have time and time again, elected the very same partisan prostitutes, selling our vote to the highest bidder, hi-jacking an entire Presidency, while taking millions from the very same people who brought this country to it's financial and moral knees will feel their vote counted. Yes in deed, the party that wins tomorrow, is the answer to our problems. Ask a party loyalist from the winning side on Wednesday.. they'll tell ya, my vote counted.

The rest of us, 51% of voters in our State, claim to be Independent. Much is said about the majority of voters, making a conscious decision NOT to be affiliated with a party. Those very same voters who in the last election came out in droves to flex their political will in the voting both, in electing the first Afro American president. I will admit that I was inspired by his goals, cheered his promises, felt for the first time, relief that someone I voted for would take on the machine in Washington, I even like the guy.

But as we have witnessed, all the great dreams and goals of our President, that millions of voters had hoped for, have not, will not, and may never be as we were promised and believed, could and should be. We've watched Health Care Reform gutted by greed and now is being challenged as unconstitutional. Clean energy, foiled by misinformation, Banking Reform, blinded by hypocrisy, Open government, is now closed, by the very same people who have had "their vote count" in the last election.

Just days before we vote, we are besieged with non stop political TV, radio, web and print ads, fliers sent to our homes, phone calls from elected officials, celebrity personal appearances, millions given to campaigns from both sides from all over the country, all to get us to vote for their party candidate. For some of the less informed independents, that little exsporue will be enough to vote for either candidate, believing their vote counted.

But for the rest, who have felt disillusioned by the inability of government to get anything done right, more wars, more hunger, more corruption, more and more of the same old thing in government, in our hearts, perhaps idealistic, we stand for what we believe in. Our access to the alternative is limited by those who are so entrenched in having their way, they will do anything to limit our exposure to anyone different than themselves.

I can't in good conscience vote for the same old thing, it's worthless to me. Nothing will ever change for most Americans. The influential rich will gain, the middle and lower class people will loose, no matter which side gets in. It's morally wrong for me to stand by idly and watch our world come a part and vote for either of the two party candidates.

The only candidate on record as saying he believes in ending the wars, having less government and less spending is the only candidate where my "vote counts", in my conscience.


At January 19, 2010 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Defeated in Fram. said...

Go vote for anybody but Coakley! She will be a disaster!

At January 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Anderson said...

This is probably one of the most important elections any of us will ever vote in, not just for this state, but for the country as a whole. Jim is on target with what he says here about the candidates and the system. We need to send a message that we will no longer go along with what they are trying to shove down our throats. A vote for Kennedy is NOT a wasted vote. He will not win this election but if there is a strong percentage of voters who go to the polls and cast a vote for him they can not ignore the message that sends. If Coakley loses by 5%, and Kennedy gets 5% of the vote, then it will give the dems a wake up call that they need that 5% who voted for Kennedy. If Brown loses by 5%, and Kennedy gets that 5%, the message is that if they had appealed to those voters who chose to make a statement with their vote by casting it for someone with no chance of winning, then the republicans will want to attract that 5%. I am not sure who the right candidate is for this position, but I am sure that neither Coakley or Brown is the right person. Shame on the democrats in this state for putting such a weak candidate in this election. It was their seat to lose, and from all the reports and polls, they may just have accomplished what everyone would have said was impossible just 3 months ago, and that is giving the seat held by Ted Kennedy for more than 40 years to a republican who supports Bush politics. Finding anyone who supports the politics of the last administration is not easy, finding a majority of people who support that is a collasol undertaking, and yet, they have done that. Don’t lose sight of the truth here. If Brown wins, it is not so much a win for him as it is a complete failure by the democrats. No one in MA with the ability to read and think can honestly support the platform Brown is running on. And yet, he has a good chance of winning this election today. Coakly gave him this race on a platter and he is enjoying every single morsel of the meal.

At January 19, 2010 at 10:38 AM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

I am with Jim on this one. I can not in good conscience voter for either of the party candidates. Not voting is not an option for me. That leaves writing my own name in the box, or voting for Kennedy. As slim as the chances are that Kennedy will win, they are still better than the chance that I will win, so I am going to go with Kennedy.

At January 19, 2010 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Jerry G. said...

Have been waiting for you to weigh in on this election. You do have some valid points and I can’t find any holes in your arguments. But lets face it that a vote for Kennedy is not a vote for anything as much as it is a vote against the alternatives. Kennedy does not have any chance of winning this and everyone knows that. If you vote for him it is not to support his election if you know he can not win. So your vote really does nothing in determining who will represent this state going forward. Not sure that is a good plan of action to follow. But I do agree that the other two candidates don’t deserve my vote. I still am not sure who I will be voting for when I walk into that polling place today. And I think that when I walk out I will still not be sure that I voted for the right person whoever I decide to cast my vote for. Will be pretty telling if Coakley loses in such a democratic state. That will tell us all something and maybe wake up those lazy democrats all over MA and inspire them to actually go out and do something for their constituents.

At January 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM , Blogger Edward said...

MA politics is one of the most interesting arenas in this country. Elections like this are what make it so interesting. Stay tuned for an reading of the pulse of the nation. The results tonight will be of interest to the entire country, not just to our state. Repercussions from this election will be felt nationwide, watch and see.

At January 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

Tonight will be an historical night in Massachusetts politics. Win or lose, Brown will have given a democrat a true run for their Monday for a Senate seat during the term of a sitting democrat president. Who would have ever believed that could happen? Not me and I bet not many others either. You make a case for Kennedy here Pillsbury. Lets see how many others feel as you do.

At January 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can’t wait to hear your take on the results of this fiasco tomorrow Pillsbury. I am a died in the wool democrat, but Coakley was not the right person to be running. Only 17% of the people voted in the primary, so she was the choice of less than 10% of the registered voters in the Commonwealth. We would not be in this position if people had excercised their right to vote and voted in the primary. We would have had a different candidate for the democrats. All of you out there complaining about the fact she is lagging in the polls, where were you on the primary day? That is when we had the chance to make sure this did not happen. Kennedy is nearly impossible to replace, but to even consider that Coakley could do that is a prime example of the stupidity of the party in this state.

At January 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

The market is up today... healthcare companies are betting on Brown to win.. thus stopping health care reform. Pelosi is quoted as saying Health Care will happen regardless if Brown wins... behind the scenes... a mad dash is happening in Washington.
Pelosi and her gang will ram this through no matter what, it appears now and I'm not betting against it.


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