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The lost souls who don't "waste" their votes

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This past week I spoke to someone who doesn't have a lot of use for Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln, but intends to vote for her anyway. "I'm not to to waste my my vote," he said with a smirk, when someone else brought up the name of Green party candidate John Gray.

It's an odd thing about the folks who are so intent on not "wasting" their votes; while many keep up with current events, issues and candidates, the truth is is that priobably most have only surface knowledge of current events.

All too often, they have a sort of "Talk to the hand!" mentality when folks actually try to tell them about lesser-known candidates. Ironically, a lot of the lesser-known candidates (often virtually unknown thanks to lazy reporters) may actually hold positions that are closer to what what is really important to them.

But they will adopt a haughty expression, and tell you how they will vote for someone who has a "better chance of winning." They really can't explain why, since all too often they end up voting for someone that has let them down in the past, and will probably do so again in the future.

And they will whine about it - if they bother to pay attention at all.

Not wasting their votes?Sorry, dude, but every time you vote against your beliefs or honest political convictions you waste your vote.

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Mired in the past with the Founding Fathers

Looking over the ramblings on facebook this morning, I see a number of folks who are posting that it is not enough to read what the Founding Fathers wrote, we must also read what they read. Fair enough, up to a point. Here was my response - I can no doubt expect much sneering in reply:

They also read deeply of the works of European politicians/philosophers, the results of which went into their thinking processes. They were also students of history, and were aware of the English civil war, and how rights were codified in Britain.

Then again - why this mad rush to limit ourselves to the thinking of the past? No offense to those who deify the Founding Fathers, but life is gloriously complex, and we insult their memory by pretending otherwise.

Honor their vision, and read what they read, but don't think that they are the be-all and end-all of American intellectual thought.For better or worse - whether you approve (or cower in fear) of the mores of your time, We - whichever generation has the ball at the time - well, you get my meaning.

What led them to exclude slaves and women from legal/Constitutional protections, for example? Times change, and so does our way of thinking and looking at the world - because we read and debate classic and contemporary writings.

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