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Generally policy here at the Whateley site is to avoid politics, religion, and so forth. They're touchy topics online and tend to lead to explosive arguments even in the most disciplined and controlled places. I am, going to step outside that policy just a little to note - in the next few weeks, The US have elections. These elections include a much debated Presidency, but they also involve votes for legislature, as well as state and local candidates, and in some states various bills (or as they are called in California, propositions). Vote. Even if you think every candidate for every race is a complete waste of time... vote. And don't just walk into the voting booth cold... if you look at the candidates listed on the ballot and don't know what some of them represent, you haven't taken your responsibility as a voter seriously. The information is available to you. In every state. It's been mailed out to absentee/by-mail voters and in most cases it is online. If you think you might at some point in the next four years complain about what an elected official is doing, vote. Because at least then you can justify that you tried to put someone else in office. There is no state in the country in which the current "it is a blue/red state" could not be reversed by the people who haven't voted in the past (registered and voting citizens are a small percentage of the population), if not by people who have voted one way in the past and choose to vote differently now.

Vote YOUR mind, conscious, etc. Don't vote because a party tells you to. Don't vote because the media tells you to. Find a candidate who believes as you do, who understands your circumstances, and give them your vote. If that person doesn't exist, vote for the person who is more likely to introduce changes that will someday put your ideal candidate in office.

This isn't just an ideal. It isn't just something to do if you've got nothing better to do. It's your responsibility as a citizen of a nation. 

*sets the soap box aside*


Ok... that done... I'd like to welcome back Dom to the 'front page stage' as we get the continuation of his Gen 0 / Exploring the World of the Whateley Academy piece about the history of the MCO. He's doing great work with this story. Be sure to thank him for "A Good Man" ... this is Part 2 (and it is not the end of the story).




0 # Valentine 2016-10-25 00:23
And remember even if there isn't someone you want to vote for, there is probably someone you want to vote against.
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0 # Elaine Jefferies 2016-10-25 02:51
Well said my friend! If you didnt tale part in it,dont complain about the outcome. I personally am not happy with many of the choices we are presented with this election. One would think is this the best America can do? Thats not the issue here, There are choices to be made and its our ob as citizens to make them. Do the best you can with what you have. Your opinion,Your vote, matters See you at the polls!
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0 # konzill 2016-10-25 23:23
The way I see this is that voting is not a right but an obligation. If you couldn't be bothered to vote, then, to me at least, that is the same as saying that you wouldn't mind living in a dictatorship.

Of course I'm not American, I'm Australian. And here in Australaia turning up on poling day is compulsary. Sure no one can force you to properly fill in your ballot paper, and there are idiots who draw pictures of dicks on them instead of voting. But thankfully that is a small minority.

I have to agree with this in the strongest possible terms. If you have the right to vote then use it at every opportunity. That way there is at least a chance that your opinion will affect how your country is run. And sure you will never find a candidate that represents yoru views exaclty, then pick the candidate that has the most common ground.
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0 # Jrepg 2016-10-27 00:00
> registered and voting citizens are a small percentage of the population

Most states could be flipped by those who didn't vote, but voting citizens are the majority, not some small percentage of the population. In 2012 57.5% eligible citizens voted in the US. It was 62.3% in 2008.
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0 # Ahimsa 2016-10-28 09:00
This might provide some important information for those who feel that votes (or their votes in particular) do not count:

Disclaimer: I am not American and do not support any of the candidates.
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