Current Issue
Back Issues
 Subscribe to BartBlog Feed
How to Read
Members ( need password)
Subscribe to BartCop!
Contact Us
Advertise With Us
Link to Us
Why Donate?
The Forum  -
The Reader
Poster Downloads
Shirts & Shots
BartCop Hotties
More Links
BFEE Scorecard
Perkel's Blog
Power of Nightmares
Clinton Fox Interview
Part 1, Part 2
Money Talks
Cost of Bush's greed
White Rose Society
Project 60
Chinaco Anejo


Search Now:
In Association with

Link Roll
American Politics Journal
Barry Crimmins
Betty Bowers
Consortium News 
Daily Howler
Daily Kos
Democatic Underground 
Disinfotainment Today 
Evil GOP Bastards
Faux News Channel 
Greg Palast
The Hollywood Liberal 
Internet Weekly
Jesus General
Joe Conason 
Josh Marshall
Liberal Oasis
Make Them Accountable 
Mark Morford 
Mike Malloy 
Political Humor -
Political Wire
Randi Rhodes
Rude Pundit 
Smirking Chimp
Take Back the Media
More Links


Locations of visitors to this page

To Vote or Not to Vote 
Me? I'm voting for damn sure


My husband and I had a long conversation the other evening.
The question being discussed was whether or not to vote in the upcoming election.

The last ten years have been pretty brutal. I could probably go further back than ten years,
but why beat a dead horse? After the 2006 midterms, and especially after the 2008 election,
we had some hope. Not a euphoric amount. But there was real enthusiasm in our house.
Maybe, we thought, bit by bit, legislation and government priorities would become more
just and equitable for the majority of people and not just for the special interests.
Perhaps there might even be a good dose of FDR-inspired populism thrown into the mix.

Two years later the enthusiasm and hope has faded into nothing but deeper cynicism as
day by day the bills mounted and prices rose and we watched as Wall Street and Corporate
America carted away sacks of cash. We watched as working people were kicked out of their
homes or ruined by student loans, health care and credit card debts. We watched as the
military-industrial machine snatched up 50% of working folks’ taxes and insurance and
pharmaceutical companies made backroom deals with our president. We watched as
people lost their jobs and ran out of unemployment and the poverty level rose. And Biden,
Gibbs, Obama and the Democratic establishment want us to stop whining, buck up and
go vote – and please do so with the requisite amount of enthusiasm. Sigh…

Part of me wants to sit out this election – not out of petulance, but sort of in a strategic way.
Maybe if the Democratic party falls flat on its self-satisfied face, this could be a good thing in
the long view. If they aren’t rewarded for their behavior, perhaps this is what needs to be done
in order to allow for a more principled Democratic party in the future (or a third party with more
substance to challenge the established order). As my husband says about disagreeable and
unpleasant situations – “Sometimes you have to make a mess in order to clean it up.

Throwing an election is never a good idea, I don't care what Gore and Kerry say.
You MUST vote and you need to get your friends to vote (Unless they're Repugs.)

I always vote but my vote never counts since I live in 19th Century Oklahoma.


  Back to

Send e-mail to Bart

Privacy Policy
. .