Open Letter to the Undecided Voter

Open Letter to the Undecided Voter

I cannot vote in the US Election, yet this year more so than ever before, the outcome matters to me. The US president is the most powerful man on the planet, and the choices he makes affect not only the United States of America, but indeed all the inhabitants of our world.

If you can vote tomorrow, please do not give your vote to Bush.

The world is not only black and white. It cannot be run through sheer might alone. Shock and Awe will not create democracies. “Bring ’em on” will not save lives.

Please help bring home the soldiers from crossfire, and not in a coffin. Don’t stay home tomorrow, but use the voice you’ve been given.

— Consider the cost of war, and the casualties of war.

— Consider what you were told prior to the war, and what actually happened.

— Consider the opinion of the rest of the world.

Then vote.

In case you were wondering why I decided to replace my frontpage with an, “Open Letter to the Undecided Voter”, there are only a few reasons.

As I mention in the letter, I cannot vote in the US election, yet it does impact me, but more importantly, those I care about.

During the course of the last 4 years, on more than one occasion, I have touched political subjects in this journal. Discussions have been rough at times, but never un-interesting, quite the opposite. But one thing is discussing it, another thing is acting upon it.

I do not believe in fate, nor destiny. I believe we make our own future. Knowing this, is to know that change is possible, even great changes. All it takes is to act, once in a while. Heck, even Nader could be elected by the traditional couch voters.

So I summed up an endorsement of Kerry, and replaced my frontpage with it. Why? Because if I can tip the scales of just _one single voter_, I will essentially have voted in the US election.

On the Election

Nov. 2nd, 00.30: I have been following the election on CNN all day, but I do need sleep. If all goes well, I’ll smile tomorrow at 7 o’clock when the result is in. Unfortunately I have the nagging suspicion that we’ll once again have to wait a month for a judge to decide.

Godspeed.

Nov. 3rd, 07.51: Just woke up to see Bush the projected winner. I’m so sorry to hear that.

Nov. 3rd, 09.58: Ohio will decide the election. FoxNews calls it for Bush of course, but fact is that until overseas votes and absentee ballots are in, Ohio cannot be called, or even projected. We’ll know in 11 days from now.

Nov. 3rd, 11.40: Reports show hour long queues outside polling places in Ohio, during pouring rain. Some voters having waited 8 hours to vote, several students not having had their chance to vote even 3 hours after polling places were scheduled to close. How can that be described as a functional democracy? How could that not have an effect on the result? After all, it’s not easy for women with children and the elderly to wait 8 hours in pouring rain, is it? It’s a farce.

Various Election Resources

10 thoughts on “Open Letter to the Undecided Voter”

  1. Christopher says:

    Despite the fact that I will be high on Valium when I vote and high on Vicodin when the returns start coming in I give my word to the rest of the planet that I have done my level best to see to it that George W. Bush is not returned to the White House.

    Of course, if by some utter fuck up in the cosmic order of things he is returned to 1600 Penn. Ave. I won’t care as I’ll be totally drugged anyway.

  2. Joen says:

    I’m surprised your comment didn’t get stuck in the moderation queue—usually only comment spam contains the word “Vicodin”.

    Indeed it will be a nightmare. Halloween indeed. The polls say what… 49 vs 47? I’ll be so tired at work wednesday.

    By the way, sincere apologies to everyone that my server is painfully slow today (of all days!). It seems to be my SQL server that’s on it’s knees, seeing as the frontpage that’s not using the SQL has no problems loading—fortunately. A server switch is on the way.

  3. Chris says:

    i’m so mad and angry…i want to cry, kill myself, etc etc.

    my departure from this country will come sooner than thought.

  4. waaiiiiiit for it!!!!

    allllmost therrrrrre…..

  5. Joen says:

    It’s not quite there yet, I know. Let’s hope absentee ballots will turn over some much needed states.

    Sincere apologies for the DB—I know about it, and hopefully my work serverguys will scramble ASAP.

  6. Joen says:

    Sigh.

    I disrespect 58,878,565 Americans. In fact, I think they are plain dumb, in the most literal sense of the word. That’s sad.

  7. Daniel Pi says:

    Your SQL server seems to be acting real weird…

    At any rate, yes… The entire area that voted for Bush isn’t known for being especially sharp-witted.. (I should know, having lived there for a good part of my life)

    Looks like we’ll be seeing some more wacky bush antics costing lives of our dear neighbouring continent.. Unless he starts moving over this way.

  8. brian says:

    Its funny how long CNN and CBS held on without any sense of journalistic integrity to the possibility that Kerry was going to win. Poor old Wolf Blitzer just about jumped on top of anyone who even suggested that Bush was going to win, he couldnt take that scenario, he wanted Kerry to win and didnt want to broadcast the reality of it.

    I switched back and forth betwen all 4 major networks just for the record to so I could note which ones were biased to who. It was like they were scratching and clawing as they slid down a slippery slope and reality started to set in. Anyone with a brain in their head or a calculator could see that even at 2 am that Kerry would have had to win 100% of the remaining vote and still would have not come close to winning.

    Please do not take my comment as gloating, in fact I am as grieved as you are that so many people could have voted for Kerry. I think it only emphasizes the point that the democratic party truly needs to ask it self what it believes in. You may disrespect me, and even call me dumb but I think that the Bush supporters have made a far greater effort to try and understand Kerry than the Kerry supporters have tried to understand Bush. They prejudged him at the last election which was won as fair and square as this one.

    Good thing the rest of the world cant vote.

    It is sad how divided our contry is, and the world for that matter. I really think Bush will work on pulling together more support for him in the weeks to come as the democrats realize how extremely left they have gone and work on coming together.

    I do not disrespect or call Kerry voters dumb, I have only made every effort just as you have to see people really think about the issues. Name calling in politics is about as low as it gets.

  9. Joen says:

    I will reply to this one, and then close the thread. Continuing discussion in the latest thread, please.

    For once, CNN and CBS did the only right thing. The margin was 120.000 votes, and there were 200.000 votes remaining from overseas ballots and as such, and as CNN said, it was too close to call. Sure, we all knew the race was over, and the monkey remained, but not to call it, was the journalistically right thing to do. I’m not even going to discuss this—that’s how it is.

    I do respect you, for actually discussing this in sensible manner, but I can see already now that this is a topic we’re going to have to agree to disagree on, for instance on whether the last election was won fair and square. No it wasn’t.

    I further disagree “how extremely left” the democrats have gone. Are you out of your mind? Seriously? The republicans are more right wing than ever before, it’s like the NSDAP all over again.

    While I am closing this thread, I am doing so to move the discussion to the other thread, linked to at the top if this comment. Feel free to reply to my comments there—you can always refer (link) to this with the permalink grabbed from the number in the topleft of this comment.

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