Election 2004


I voted in the US election via absentee ballot over a week ago and have been delightedly ignoring all the campaign BS ever since.
I have encouraged many others to vote however I do not fault some of the non-voters. The past several days have produced a challenging debate between voting and non-voting libertarians at Catallarchy. No matter your current leaning, today is a good day to read through and deliberate about the points raised in this discussion.
My take: even with all the faults of the current system your votes can make some small positive difference for the immediate future. I fully expect whoever wins to provide ample material for sharp discussion and dark humor.
This periodic voting is, though, a relatively small part of the ongoing discussion. Real long term change requires that discussion leads to regular action not simply a yes or no, him or her, every two or four years. Let’s start looking for actions that can be done daily, weekly, monthly to move us toward a free and peaceful world.

It Won’t Change My Vote

Nope, nothing is going to change my vote now. The ballot is marked, sealed, and headed to the elections office via the USPS.
Those of you who have not voted yet might ponder just how many explosive attacks, be it car bombs, suicide belts, roadside bombs, etc., can be accomplished if you have 380 tons of high powered explosives at your disposal.
Shouldn’t someone have been fired long ago?
Via Matthew Gross.

Who Are They Voting For?

Reason asks some folks:

As Campaign 2004 entered its home stretch, we asked a variety of policy wonks, journalists, thinkers, and other public figures in the reason universe to reveal for whom they are voting this fall, for whom they pulled the lever last time around, their most embarrassing presidential vote, and their favorite president of all time.
The respondents come down on all sides. Snippets from the responses:
  • Glenn Garvin:
    2004 vote: I live in Florida. My votes are randomly assigned based on the interaction of our voting machines, the Miami-Dade Election Commission, and passing UFOs.
  • Glenn (no surprise here)Reynolds:
    2004 vote: Most likely George Bush, and for one reason: the war. I�m having trouble trusting Kerry on that.
  • Robert Higgs:

    2004 vote: I never vote. I don�t wish to soil my hands.

  • Jude Wanniski:
    2004 vote: I�m leaning toward Kerry because I prefer recession to imperialist war, but Bush might tempt me back by firing Cheney, Rumsfeld, and company.
The whole piece is entertaining and instructive. Go read it.
Via Ogged and Matthew Yglesias both of whom think there might be some trends hidden in this stuff.

Slap Vote

This is probably not a good predictor of the election outcome but for what its worth as of 20:57 GMT today kerry had received 50.297% of the slaps. Assuming slaps do not equal support (not true in all subcultures) bush is slightly ahead.
Go slap one of’m a few times.

Failed Administration

cheney tells us:

“The biggest threat we face now as a nation is the possibility of terrorists ending up in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier weapons than have ever before been used against us — biological agents or a nuclear weapon or a chemical weapon of some kind to be able to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans,” Cheney said.
This is as clear a statement of failure by the current administration as I have seen. What they have been doing during the last four years has not worked.
Via Prometheus 6.