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Hey, what are you doing next Tuesday? That's right, you're voting! If you don't vote, you suck. Don't even talk to me.

Listen to Molly: Politics is not a picture on a wall or a television sitcom you can decide you don't much care for. Is the person who prescribes your eyeglasses qualified to do so? How deep will you be buried when you die? What textbooks are your children learning from at school? What will happen if you become seriously ill? Is the meat you're eating tainted? Will you be able to afford to go to college or to send your kids? Would you like a vacation? Expect to retire before you die? Can you find a job? Drive a car? Afford insurance? Is your credit card company or your banker or your broker ripping you off? It's all politics, Bubba. You don't get to opt out for lack of interest.

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Not to mention: Do you want nursing students with concealed weapons permits to come to the midterm with a cluster of guns, say "I'll teach you something about spirituality," and shoot a professor twice in the chest and twice in the head, not to mention shooting two other faculty members. Here in Wisconsin, there is considerable enthusiasm for allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons. Please, please say no to these legislators.

elavil @ 10/30/2002 06:21 AM CST

While I certainly will vote, I'm thinking I'm going to have to write somebody in for Illinois Governor, since the three candidates on the ballot all have serious problems:

1. Jim Ryan. Even if I was a Republican (as are many of my former bandmates, some of whom I don't speak to anymore after that royalty lawsuit and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snubbing), his craptacular work on the Cruz and Hernandez cases would put him in the "problem" rather than "solution" category.

2. Rod B'vitch voted for W's war, so that counts him out. At least Senator Durbin didn't cave on that one.

3. Then there's Skinner, the "Libertarian". As a sex/drugs/rock-n-roll kinda guy (though I quit horse after I went into that coma back in the 80's), the Libertarian party is usually right up my alley (legalize drugs and prostitution, cut taxes, what's not to love?), this guy wants to ban abortion and supports the drug war. Might as well be a Republican.

Maybe I'll write-in George Ryan. Republicans and Democrats hate him! He probably is a crook, but what Republicrat isn't? He had the guts to put at least a temporary stop to capital punishment.

Oops I forgot that I moved to the suburbs of Nashville after my solo carreer petered out in the early 80's (Capitol decided I was a "dinosaur" and put all their money on the Knack -- great move, guys!) and in fact never lived in the state of Illinois. Never mind.

Bob Welch @ 10/30/2002 09:40 AM CST

OK, if I don't vote will you talk to me????
(OK, that was cheap shot, since I don't even live in the US)

But I did want to add that many countries have compulsory voting. Here, if you are a registered voter and decide you don't want to vote you get a fine, not much, like $50 or something.

But they also have the polls open all day (9am to 9pm) on a SATURDAY so everyone can get a chance to vote.

So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

the other amy @ 11/02/2002 03:28 PM CST

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