Top Ten

November 4, 2008

According to my poll (top right) you all are spectacular US citizens & are already planning on going to vote… but in case you need a little push…

Top Ten Reasons to Vote

  1. You can complain for four whole years. If the candidate you support loses and you did not vote, you therefore forgo all rights to complain about the president for the next four years.. simple as that.
  2. It’s easy. Seriously guys, how long does it take to fill in a tiny bubble?? They’re not asking you to take the SAT’s here.
  3. It’s your right. We’re all able to vote, so why not do it? Every underrepresented group complained about not being able to vote previously and now we can… so do something about it.
  4. Strictly for fashion reasons. You get to wear that awesome “I Voted” sticker– although this priviledge is taken from you if you vote by absentee ballot.. (perhaps I will call Obama and ask him to mail me a sticker).
  5. Everyone counts. Elections can get really close.. what if it’s YOUR vote that prevents a candidate from being in office.
  6. They will take all of your money. It’s your money, do you want some dude taking all of your money and putting it towards slot machines? Yeah, probably not.
  7. It’s the cool thing to do.
  8. I will be mad at you. No explanation necessary.
  9. The penguins are melting. If something is not done about this environmental prediciment by the year 2050, it’s almost hopeless. Carbon emissions need to decrease over 80% by then and if we get a dumby in office, the penguins will all be gone =(
  10. Something will FINALLY be done about the current economic state of our government. We’ve now wasted the past eight years of our lives..so let’s move on and do something about the next four. Who really cares which party is elected, we just need a change.

Also, is this really how the United States wants to be viewed by other countries…

“How was it allowed to happen? How did politics in the US come to be dominated by people who make a virtue out of ignorance? Was it charity that has permitted mankind’s closest living relative to spend two terms as president?…..

It wasn’t always like this. The founding fathers of the republic – men like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton – were among the greatest thinkers of their age. They felt no need to make a secret of it. How did the project they launched degenerate into George W Bush and Sarah Palin?…..

On one level this is easy to answer. Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people. US education, like the US health system, is notorious for its failures. In the most powerful nation on earth, one adult in five believes the sun revolves around the earth; only 26% accept that evolution takes place by means of natural selection; two-thirds of young adults are unable to find Iraq on a map; two-thirds of US voters cannot name the three branches of government; the maths skills of 15 year-olds in the US are ranked 24th out of the 29 countries of the OECD(3)….”

Source: George Monbiot, The Guardian (UK). For the full text click here.

Seriously guys? I’m moving to the North Pole.

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