Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day...

Well, folks, today's the day. Today we go to the polls and vote for our CongressCritters, Goobernors, and Snakators. There's a fairly good chance that the Stupid Party might re-take the House, and a significantly less good chance of them re-taking the Senate as well. We stand poised at a critical junction in our political landscape, the mid-term election of a first-term president. Bill Clinton saw his party's lock on Congress broken for the first time in 40 years during this time. George Bush saw his strengthened.

For the first time in my life, a good chunk of MA actually has a two-party race. I've watched election after election go by with either no competition to the "D" or an unsupported "R" to the slaughter. It's kinda fun to watch former "safe" seats like Barney Frank's actually be contested; on the flip side it will be nice to see the nasty attack ads off the air - Democrats get especially vicious when they are threatened in their lairs. Who are these uppity peons who dare oppose their benevolent dictatorship? And yes, I know, there are GOP critters who get equally vicious, but for me, watching the ads delve into the absurd - they're honestly attacking one GOP challenger over something that happened 20 years ago - that he wasn't directly involved with.

In any case, not that anyone reading this hasn't made their decision already or anything, but when you go to the polls, if there's any one deciding factor, vote against the politician with "Incumbent" next to their name. Vote them out. Vote them all out. If they're that great, vote 'em back in next cycle - they can use the two years' vacation to think about why they found themselves surreptitiously kicked to the curb. The complacency ends tomorrow. We didn't want the stimulus but you voted for it anyways? GONE. We didn't want the bank bailout but you voted for it anyways? GONE. We didn't want the automaker bailout but you voted for it anyways? GONE.We didn't want Ă˜bamaCare but you voted for it anyways? GONE.

Ignore us at your own peril.

It's been said before, but no matter what you do, vote. Go to the polls. Have your say. If you can spare the time, hold a sign for a local (non-incumbent) politician. Give a neighbor a ride. Bring coffee to the camp of the politician you support. If you're in an area susceptible to it, keep an eye out for shenanigans - people harassing voters, turning folks away, that sort of thing. Shining bright spotlights on these roaches is the only hope we have of keeping these excesses in check; lord knows the "traditional" media isn't going to investigate these events.

And remember the words of John Quincy Adams:
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Go out and make a difference today - vote them out; vote them all out.

That is all.

9 comments:

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,

You make mention of the "attack" ads . . . I think it was The Wall Street Journal -- an analysis of attack ads over the last 20 or 30 years was performed. Republicans generally attacked on policy and principle. Dems generally attacked on personal qualities. We're seeing it this cycle too.

- Brad

mopar said...

Well said Jay (as always). I didn't vote yet, but I did visit 4 different polling places at ohdarkthirty to make sure there were signs nearby for the pro2A candidates.
Speaking of, gotta publicly wish one of our own good luck today. Bruce has worked hard to become state rep in NH, they will be lucky to have him after he wins tonight.

Judy Aron said...

Thanks for this post -it pretty well sums it up! Vote the incumbents out!

Weer'd Beard said...

Yeah that ballot was AMAZING! Contested seats all-around, and contested by strong candidates.

Its gonna be a close one, but man wouldn't it be great for a total turn-over?

We'd live in a RED STATE! ; ]

Jay G said...

For the first time in my life, it'd be better red than dead... :)

Bubblehead Les. said...

Wife and I voted weeks ago by Absentee Ballot in Ohio, That has shorted the line by two bodies in my district, thus enabling more people to vote. Highly recommend it for the 2012 Elections (unless Barry tries to suspend them). More new voters, less chance of getting rigged machines and New/Old/New Panthers trying to Fuck with you, allows you to carry concealed w/o having to be disarmed to exercise your Constitutional Rights (why do you have to give up one to do the other, test case for SAF, anyone?). Lots of bennies, less hassle, like the old commercial says "Try It , You'll Like It". Have fun today!

Seth from Massachusetts said...

Yup, I voted to throw all the bums out.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

*Sigh* I wish my ballot was that easy.

It's a three way race here (D/R/I). The incumbent (D) is bad on everything but guns and ObamaCare, so he's got to go. The (R) looks okay, except he's clearly a state-level careerist obviously taking advantage of the anti-incumbent sentiment in a bid to move up to the Federal level. The I is an unknown who says all the right things but realistically doesn't have a chance to win with an R in the ring, but may have a decent chance of pulling a Perot and splitting the anti-incumbent vote enough to cause the incumbent to win.

I'll most likely vote for the Are, but I'm really going to hate it.

Mark said...

My only regret in escaping California when I did was not getting a chance to vote against "Guns should be completely banned for everybody, except me." Barbara Boxer.

Instead, I got to vote against Patty Murrey up here in Washington. Since Dino Rossi actually has a chance of winning, I feel like I helped more up here.

-Mark