Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Only One More Week!

Thank freaking god!!!

So have you made up your mind? Douchebag A? Douchebag B? (I'm so burned out on all of it, I can't even use their cute little blog names Oboner and McCane...)

Last night a new Douchebag arrived on the scene and gave me a call.


I'm sitting here minding my own business when the phone rang. It was Unknown Number so I let the machine grab it.

It was a Republican calling me to ask me to vote for him.

Here's the deal though--it wasn't one of the usual Douchebag suspects.

I had to do a double take when I listened to the message:

"Hi Rebecca, I'm calling all my constituents in Bexar County to urge them to vote on November 4...."

Wait, did he say Bexar County???

Now some of you reading will immediately understand why I'm floored by this call.

Bexar County is the county I lived in in Texas for a scant 7 months.

Somehow this Douchebag got my NEW JERSEY LAND LINE phone number and was robo-calling me trying me to get to vote for thim!

Never mind that when I left Texas--I un-registered to vote there (betcha didn't know you could do that did you? I've now officially been registered to vote and have voted in 4 states in the 12 years I've been eligible to vote!). And never mind that this dude tracked me down all the way half way across the country grovelling for my vote.

Now I can't help but wonder how much money this douchebag wasted on calling out of state non-registered Texas voters????

I'm just sick of the whole damn thing. I'm undecided, but not in the sense you would think.

I've been reading up a lot on the right NOT to vote. And now I'm torn between writing someone in or skipping the "Presidential" section of the ballot all together.

The right NOT to vote is something I think we Americans don't give enough thought to. I mean we have a right to bear arms right? Does that mean we all have to pack heat? Nope. I choose to exercise my right NOT to bear arms.

I'm still mulling the whole thing over. The argument of exercising your right to vote or not to vote is certainly more interesting to me than listening to Douchebag A and Douchebag B natter on and on pandering to whatever mass they happen to be appearing in front of at the time.

I dunno. Maybe I've just become a supreme cynic in the 30 years I've been here on earth or I'm just sick of the fake-rhetoric of Douchebag A and Douchebag B. Neither one is willing to admit that they'll have to raise taxes and they'll be damn hard pressed to clean up the mess created the last 8 years in at least half the time.

And if I hear the effing word "change" one more time...

But then again, if Freedom costs just $1.05, and all I have is $2.00 then I guess my "change" would be 95 cents right?



Blogger Bells said...

In Australia it's mandatory to vote. That just means that people who are opposed to compulsory voting will show up, get their names ticked off and not fill out their voting form or whatever.

I just think the idea that a person might get upset about the political system and then refuse to vote is crazy. If we care enough to have an opinion on what we want from a Government, should we not then make the most of our right to vote? Refusing to vote, when you do actually care about politics, just seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face, yeah?

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy! Are you your Father's Daughter!!! Yes, I am sick of the election and trial!!! But I will go in to a booth and mark a ballot, I don't know yet who will get that mark. As for the guy calling you from TX....He probably doesn't even know that NJ is not in TX. You read all the articles saying that Americans don't know their Geography! Love, Mom
PS: Chunky told me Sunday that Obama was going to be the next Prez.

8:21 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

and that is why i'm voting for nader. i've always wanted to throw my vote away and now i've got my chance.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I totally agree that we don't have much to choose from, but I always feel led to at least choose one.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

There's a woman running on the Green ticket, can't remember her name but she might get my vote just because she is NOT a democrat or a republican. I have had to defend my right to "throw away my vote", usually from people who want me to vote the way they do. I will vote, I always do but who for? No idea.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

I just read DPUTiger's blog last night. She got a phone call asking her to vote "No" on Prop. 8. She was baffled, and the guy asked if she had head of it. She said, "Yes, in California". She's in Pennsylvania.

Don't you wish all these big money donors knew how much of their money was being wasted on out-of-state calls on things like this?

8:47 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Well, that completely explains the 3 AM phone calls I got last week.

My X husband ran away with his campaign manager when he ran for congress in Hawai'i. That left a rather bitter taste in my mouth for politics of any kind. One week is still a long long long way away.

9:27 AM  
OpenID jeshknits said...

We're not in the same congressional district, are we? Which is too bad---if we were I'd suggest going to the polls just for the all day breakfast party dude on the ticket. Now there's some change to believe in. And eat for dinner!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Elections always suck because you know you'll never get what you want but yet you really should vote. Is like your caught between a rock and a hard place.

10:24 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I don't think we've answerd an evening phone call in about 3 months! Between the GOP, DNC, and FOP - they are driving me to drink!

2:05 PM  
Blogger whichendisup said...

heh.. I got a call the other day from someone @ Get Out the Vote. The fine gentleman wanted to make sure that I was registered and would be voting, interesting as it was at least 2wks AFTER the deadline to register. He then proceeded to ask me who I was going to vote for! I wanted to reach through the phone and smack him after ranting that my vote is MY business -- neither of which I did cause I didn't want my 4 y/o asking why I was going apesh*t. But man if she was at school! I'm done too.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

I ALWAYS vote third party. ALWAYS.

I don't see it as throwing away my vote. I see it as casting a vote for the underdog, the unheard, and the unpopular as well as making it clear that I think shutting out any candidate that's not R or D is fascist.

Rock the Vote!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

There is always the Pig...she has fell behind in the polls :)

Seriously, I think everyone should vote, whether I like who gets elected or not.

I believe if a person chooses not to vote, they better choose not to bitch about whatever happens after the fact.

Voting third party, write in, etc. is not throwing a vote away. It is sending a message.

So, my vote would be for casting a vote.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

You should write someone in. In high school they used to write in Jello Biafra, from the Dead Kennedys. I was going to write in Larry Flynt, until Sarah Palin came on the scene, now I am voting for Obama. Not because he's a savant that is somehow going to change *by himself* 200+ years of bureaucracy, but because Palin is that bad. So if you're still undecided - show them by either voting 3rd party (but I wouldn't give Nader the satisfaction) or writing someone in. I'm with you on wanting it to be over. Definitely.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

P.S. As I am in California (and not California, Pa ;) ) I'll be voting NO on 8 definitely, even though some crazies painted people's cars and garage doors "No on 8" or "bigot" out here. I usually vote no on the propositions anyway. Talk about a waste of money and/or robocalls.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

If you think you're tired of hearing about the election, think about poor old me working at the board of elections, dealing with irate voters all day long on the phone. : { I haven't even filled out my absentee ballot yet because I'm so tired of hearing/talking about ballots. Ugh.

Unfortunately, I think you're right though about the 8 years of damage that'll have to be cleaned up. The mess Bush left this country in is probably going to take decades to fix.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm sooo tired of the election too. P.S. you have a message.:)

6:03 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Well, i've always hated the line 'if you don't vote, hten you don't deserve to bitch". Why? I read up on all my local candidates. They all sucked. I read up on all the political parties. They all sucked too. As in had major points in their platforms that there was no way I was going to support. in Canada, you can't refuse your ballot for a federal election. You can only vote or not vote. I suppose I could have spoiled my ballot, but then the ballot would have been thrown in the pile with all the other rejects who couldn't mark their ballot properly by accident, as opposed to my defacing it on purpose.

So who the hell would I vote for? HOW could I vote? In good conscience, I couldn't support ANYONE. Maybe next time I'll run for office. Of course, I have to scrape up $1000 and a bunch of signatures, but I suppose I could do that....

What do you think?

9:06 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Maybe he was an intern and they were hazing him? "Yeah, dude, didn't you know that you have to call everyone who's ever lived in Texas and ask them to vote? No, no, they can still cast their vote even if they no longer live here. Start with 2000 and work your way up." *snicker snicker point at gullible new guy*

12:01 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

To Carol:

Hate the line about bitching all you want, but in America you can write in whomever you wish and it is counted, so yes, if a person doesn't vote in the USA, they better not bitch.

My word verification is "bangrans" :)

3:05 AM  
Blogger Mag said...

Ditto what Kay said.

My phone is off after a Democrat douchebag called and woke me from a sound sleep at 11PM! I'm on cell only for the duration.

I am currently wading through the local state propositions. These things really matter in my life. For instance our first two are proposed amendments to our statev constitution. The second one is about how eminent domain can take your property and sell it to a casino developer without paying you what your property is worth This has been legal forever in Nevada. People will steal what they legally can. Look into your state governments and forget the POTUS if you like.
"Here is the new boss, the same as the old boss"~~~ Uh, The Who, or Pete Townsend or something. ;)

11:36 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

I get jury duty notices from Passaic County all the time (even though I live in Essex), but your story tops that by several hundred miles.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Oh, man! I so hear you on this one. I am so undecided. Neither one of the candidates is a good choice, and there isn't a clear choice among the other guys either - although I've read some stuff about McKinley (the Green Party candidate) and I like her - at least better than the others ;). I'm thinking I may vote just in the areas where my single vote really does count: local, state and the legistlative branch, and exercise my right NOT to vote for the "lesser of two evils."

When I saw Bexar County, I almost fell out of my chair. I read it to my husband, who also lived in Te-Hoss, and he laughed out loud and said, "Idiots!" That was too funny!

7:31 AM  

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