Sunday, October 7, 2012

"The Loudmouths Too Lazy To Vote"

When I come across a Facebook or Twitter posting that relates to our current national problems the first question I ask myself is "did they vote?".  When I monitor the comments from a news website's news article, the first thing I think is "all boots, no horse"; that is "they love to shoot off their mouth but won't get off their ass and go exercise their citizen responsibility which is voting. 

Instead, these loudmouths sit on their broad asses and compose a keyboard symphony of raps against all that they deplore.  They have all the answers and are not shy about spouting off about them.  Yet, voting is just too much to ask of them.  Apparently they have no concept of cumulative math since their excuse for not voting is "I'm just one vote, I can't influence change".  What a load of crap; since so many of them feel that way, they, in effect, are right.  They see no moral reason to be the one to step up and vote.

Take a look at the table below; these are pitiful statistics.   Less than 38 percent of eligible voters came out to vote in 2010 and only a little more than half of you voted in  the last Presidential election.  So, you who didn't vote:  If you don't like "Barry", shut the hell up!  

voter registration, turnout, and more.

Voter turnoutTurnout of voting-age
population (percent)
2010** 235,809,266 NA 90,682,968 37.8%
2008* 231,229,580 NA 132,618,580* 56.8
2004 221,256,931 174,800,000 122,294,978 55.3
2000 205,815,000 156,421,311 105,586,274 51.3
1996 196,511,000 146,211,960 96,456,345 49.1
1992 189,529,000 133,821,178 104,405,155 55.1
1988 182,778,000 126,379,628 91,594,693 50.1
1984 174,466,000 124,150,614 92,652,680 53.1
1980 164,597,000 113,043,734 86,515,221 52.6
1976 152,309,190 105,037,986 81,555,789 53.6
1972 140,776,000 97,328,541 77,718,554 55.2
1968 120,328,186 81,658,180 73,211,875 60.8
1964 114,090,000 73,715,818 70,644,592 61.9
1960 109,159,000 64,833,0965 68,838,204 63.1

Read more: National Voter Turnout in Federal Elections: 1960–2010 —
 A million men and women have given their life for your democracy.  Millions more braved harsh conditions, separation from family and life-threatening battles.  Hundreds of thousands are walking around on one leg...or wheeling a wheel chair around...just so you could have the freedom to choose your leaders.
You, on the other hand, need only fill out a voter registration ballot and show up on election day.  Instead, you spout out your vile while sitting at a keyboard and can't seem to muster the small amount of courage to be a citizen.  You are pathetic!  Now hit that "all caps" button and get back to being a "big wheel" on the message boards!


grenadavet said...

Just, it makes me sick to think my country and I are being controlled by 20-21% of the population. It also tells me that the majority are either to lazy, stupid, apathetic, or feel that their vote doesn't matter.

Ken said...

Without a doubt, the most impressive thing that came from all that "shock and awe" in Iraq, for me anyway, was voting day. The tears flowing from the eyes of proud, happy citizens displaying purple fingers, a code demonstrating they had just voted. If I recall correctly they came out en masse, some 90% or more of the population showed up. I sat in front of my TV with my eyes watering up, so happy that our evil military led be that horrible George Bush brought these folks a freedom they had long prayed for. That same military that "this evil bastard president" would deny their right to cast a vote (by controlling the absentee ballot).

I feel like you do when I hear of people not voting with the poor excuse, "who cares, it's not going to make a difference", it's all run by evil corporations anyway so it makes no difference", etc., etc.. Then I think of all the people from our side who have given of their lives and/or limbs so that they themselves could vote and are denied or so the rest of the populace could vote but are too lazy or just don't care enough.

Keep it up, you will see yourself living in quite a different circumstance where you would wish you could vote period, but now you find yourself in a place where the leadership just doesn't care what you think nor let's you express it!

Our right to vote is one that so massively important to us all and should be held so dear. I wasn't aware that so few voters turned out in 2008. I thought is was huge numbers of the voting populace showed up to vote for "the one". It looks like only about 50% showed up total. Well maybe this will help Mitt out. Overall though this picture is, to quote you again, "Sad, Damned Sad".
Thanks again

A Modest Scribler said...

Ken, your comments are far better than my blog today. The Iraqi example is excellent; I had forgot about that. I still remember when the nations of Eastern Europe got their freedom. They were joyous.

Thanks so much for offering what we all should know, but often don't.