Further Thoughts On The Franchise
Yesterday I offered a suggestion for keeping your PLUCO cold, and added a few non-conventional words about voting. I should have expected a reaction. An email poured in from Tom, who presumably has never gone defective as a result of consuming spoiled fish. Tom is a student of government, and has received much of his funding from the government. (It's called "working." He's actually employed by a local government.) He's also a very thoughtful guy, and shared them with me.
Not only do you have a right to complain, you don't even have to BE right to complain. Many people who do aren't.
I vote because it
can't hurt and it might do some good. I've missed a few school board
elections, but I've only missed one general election since I became
eligible to vote. In 1971, I was registered to vote in Huntington NY and
in Richmond VA, but I no longer lived in either of those places and I
moved too close to election day to reregister, so that's the only time I
didn't vote in a general election.
He agreed that I may use some of it to semi-rebut myself. In rereading his comments and mine, I decided that we really don't disagree on anything important, so it's not even a semi-rebuttal. Along with granting permission, he followed up with this:
Another reason to
vote is to feel involved in and invested in the government to a small
degree. That's a reason to pay taxes too, BTW, although admittedly
not the biggest one (you may go to jail or lose your house if you don't
is the biggest one).
He did debunk my theory about armed enforcement of voting requirements.
I also heard recently, but can't vouch for it, that there's a fine for not voting in Australia that works out to about $50.
I think I read this somewhere, too. I guess we're both too lazy to look it up.
I may write about voting tomorrow night. If I do, may I link to your piece? (Sure.) I always remind my Boy Scout Troop the night before an election to ask their parents to vote. I'm still enough of an idealist that I ask people to vote even when I'm sure they disagree with me.
Did you happen to see the comic strip Mallard Fillmore today? There's something I agree with completely! Funny because it's true.
I'm more of a Dilbert fan and had never heard of Mallard Fillmore. I'm assuming he meant the one that said:
"With only two days left in the campaign, the latest polling data show that 92 percent of registered voters now say they'll scream if they hear any more polling data. While 84 percent say pollsters should be eaten alive by gerbils."
In Dilbert, it would have been "weasels," but the sentiment would probably be echoed.
National Geographic Channel SETI Program
In an unusual foray into teevee watching, I saw a program last night about SETI. All the usual suspects were interviewed and a lot of ancient (1950s) and current science goodies were shown. Paul Shuch sang the SETI League Anthem, and a good time was had by all. I rarely see people I have heard of on television. I almost never see people I actually know, so this was quite a treat. I'm sure it will be rerun. (In fact, this may have been a rerun. How would I know?) Catch it if you can.
NP: "The Boy in the Bubble" - Paul Simon