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10 October 2008 @ 02:55 am
It's time to vote!! \^o^/  
I've gotten my voter's ballot in the mail!! ^^

I can't help but feel that the presidential election this time is one of the most important ever. While I'm not a big fan of Obama, I think that if McCain is elected, important rights will continue to be denied. With Obama, it's not a sure victory by any means, but at least it's more likely that, eventually, basic human rights will finally be instated. I'm talking about gay marriage (marriage in name AND reality, separate is not equal). And hopefully we will finally get free universal health care. And maybe no more stupid war? I don't know.. and honestly I'd rather be voting for someone who will stand up and outright say that they support the things that I want (instead of skirt the issues), but I hope deeply that McCain doesn't get elected. It would surely continue the downward spiral that we've been on as a country. T____T *cries* So I have to vote this year, even though it is a pain in the butt to do it from abroad. Even though my vote doesn't really count for presidential elections (the electoral college is a stupid, outdated antiquated system that needs to be done away with, seriously). Even though I really only am voting for the lesser of two evils just to keep the worst one out of office. Three times Presidents have gained office that did not receive the majority of the popular vote. Urgh. Well, I hope that my regional elections, in which my vote DOES count, will make some kind of difference. I will look over the measures that are up tomorrow and pick out everything.

Well, that was my one and only soapbox for the election season. I actually don't have a large interest in politics, and I don't make a huge effort to keep up, but I do try to pay attention to the things that matter to me. For the sake of Americans around the world, and people from other countries that tend to follow the US's example, please legalize gay marriage ♥ ban smoking ♥ relax immigration laws (or preferably get rid of borders entirely, this is better) ♥ stop maging war ♥ start teaching more in-depth courses of tolerance of other cultures in schools ♥ give us government-funded free health care ♥ free schooling ♥ more jobs ♥ and the list goes on. I want everyone under the world to get along and be friends and act as one world, not just one country.. is that too much to ask? =^-^=
Jubeijubeichan on October 9th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Candidates by the issues

~_~ Mine still hasn't come. Not that NY would have a problem with having Obama win I'd still like it to be here.

EDIT: editing to say I agree with you, I'm voting for the lesser of two evils but is very hard because I don't agree with a lot of things Obama wants to do but Palin is a heartbeat away from becoming president if McCain wins and I don't want to chance that.

Edited at 2008-10-09 06:05 pm (UTC)
ルリdemonruri on October 9th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Im not crazy about these new canidates at all, so its going to be hard this year ;\ maybe just like flip a coin.
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v_rozouvan on October 9th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Even though my vote doesn't really count for presidential elections

never say "it doesn't count"!!!

think back to the time when Nixon won by a single vote (Futurama, episode "A Head in the Polls") ^_^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Tha'ts just fiction, though. ^^;;
Patricktallanvor on October 9th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I mailed my ballot earlier this week. Obama may not be perfect, but he's a hell of a lot better than McCain.

At least Obama has some dignity and honor. McCain has tossed away any honor and integrity he ever had, and his campaign is beneath contempt.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I will definitely agree with you there. ^ And to say nothing for Palin... uuuuugh.
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on October 9th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
A report showed that 11,000 gay couples tied the knot in California in the three months after gay marriage was legalised there in June. This surpassed the number of same-sex couples that have married in Massachusetts since May 2004, when that state legalised gay nuptials.
- The Economist

If that's not a sign, I don't know what is =3
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
I hope so!! The question though, is if it will stay legal, since marriage was legalized before in CA and then repealed. But until it becomes a federal thing, it won't be possible for gay couples to get spousal visas and the like.
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Llyn_lyn on October 9th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
i could not agree with you more. your entire last paragraph summed up what i've been trying to say for quite some time now.
i wish more people thought that way.
xo happy voting
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Awww =^__^= I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who thinks this way! Sometimes I feel a bit alone in my make-love-not-war attitude. ^^
Kaoru: tiny hamsteraiko_yamada on October 9th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Your entry is very valid and makes some pretty strong points, I agree. But I just want to throw out there for people who may have forgotten: free isn't free. The money has to come from somewhere. Where? Taxes. Taxes on people that can barely afford to live as it is. Taxes on wealthier people that would have been able to expand their businesses and make new jobs but now can't because their money is being taken. I would love for free healthcare, but if it means taking away money from people that worked hard for it, then I'll live without.

Just my two cents. ^-^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Yes and no.. I honestly think that taxes are high enough as it is, and a studious president(with help of course) would be able to cut spending where it is being wasted, and instead spend the same money on health care, which is more important. Definitely, I agree that higher taxes are not the solution.

There is also the idea that doctors should not get such high salaries. I agree with that as well, though I'm not sure a lot of doctors would.
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宮本spica on October 9th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
From what I've been following of the debates lately, it unfortunately doesn't look like either side supports gay marriage. In the vice-presidential debates, both Biden and Palin stated for the record that they and their running mates do not support redefining the civil definition of marriage. Also, Obama's "universal health care" proposal does not require everyone in the United States to have health insurance, but would offer a subsidy on a sliding scale to those who can't afford it.

I have to disagree with you about your vote not counting. Your vote and everyone's vote does count especially when elections are determined by the slimmest of voter margins nowadays. Anyway like you, I'll be voting for the lesser of two evils (especially when Palin is in the picture), and hope change for the better will come. :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
You're right, both sides have stated terrible things when it comes to gay marriage. But I do believe that with Obama, at least we have the chance of changing his mind. Hopefully he will come around. I think that he could be persuaded a lot easier than McCain will (and there is always the chance that he is lying, since to take a stance on gay marriage now carries the risk of being a political suicide). Yeah, and I don't think that Obama's health care system is perfect, but again it's all about heading in the right direction. Eventually the US will catch up with Canada and so many other countries that have free health care.

It's true though that my vote doesn't count. With the electoral college system and having the electorate not bound by the majority, the person elected into office doesn't have to have the majority of popular votes. It's happened three times in history, having the person who didn't win the popular vote elected into office. It makes me sad, because in the end our votes truly count for nothing. T___T
L.impressioniste on October 9th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I filled out my voter registration form yesterday. I've never voted before, but this time it feels important that I do so. The country has really gone downhill, IMHO, over the past two presidential terms. :(

I want to vote for Obama because Sarah Palin scares me, and I think nothing will change with McCain.

I was reading that the slew of young people supporting Obama is going to be a big pull for him likely winning the election, but there's always that bit of uncertainty. :(

I hate the fricking Electoral College.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Me too. The electoral college is antiquated and was created in a time when managing an entire country's worth of individual votes was hard to do. With the advent of technology, it's useless and I really feel that it takes away our decision from us. It's very much like the Senate and House of Reps-- I don't like the idea that someone else gets to vote for me, because I don't think that they necessarily represent my views and I would like to have a say.

I hope that Obama pulls this off and becomes president. I really fear for my rights when it comes to McCain. Bush has done bad enough, I can't even imagine how bad it will be under McCain.
im_an_aaangel on October 9th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Absolutely agree with you. This country is SO far behind, I laugh when anyone brags about how "progressive" we are. Please, we still have leaders who don't understand the separation of church and state. And I definitely agree with all the examples you listed (aside from the smoking ban. I don't smoke but there are ways of doing it respectfully and leisurely without destroying yourself and those around you. Same with drinking.)

Ugh and free healthcare and schooling! C'mon leaders, those are the two main essentials for your country's citizens. Why do they cost so much?!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
YESYESYES I don't understand how Bush can get away with bringing his religion into everything. It makes me angry sometimes. :/

I definitely am 100% smoking, since I don't understand how there is any possible way of doing it without bothering other people. Unless you have a smokeless cigarette. If you do it in any building or outside, the smoke gets everywhere and ruins people's health, and if you do it on your own inside your own house, then it makes your clothes reek and you might have to ride the bus or something next to some people who do not want the stink of tobacco. When smokeless cigarettes become popular, then I will accept it but not until then. Sorry for ranting.. ^^;; but it's probably the issue that I feel most strongly about, since I am bombarded with it everywhere here with no regard to my rights to not get lung cancer.

Yeah, I don't know why free healthcare is so hard to provide!! Other countries that are "not as advanced" (according to some people) as the US have it, but we still don't. It boggles the mind. And schooling only goes up through high school, but college is prohibitively expensive and a high school education isn't enough anymore. It's really infuriating, I know people who are more than $100,000 in debt just for school loans, which is ridiculous.
illuminesce on October 10th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
I dunno - while I'm not a smoker, it seems like banning smoking might be an infringement of the First Amendment...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
But by not banning smoking, it's an infringement on my rights to have smoke-free air. Smoke in the air is slowly murdering me every time I have to breathe it, so smokers are essentially committing premeditated murder. If someone wants to harm only themselves, then let them do it. But harming others is not within their rights. So the only way I would ever accept smoking is if cigarettes were smokeless and therefore it didn't harm people other than the actual smoker.
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astrorainfallastrorainfall on October 10th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
Yay for you Jamie. I wish the rest of the world could vote for America's next president.
(Anonymous) on October 10th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Don't you all wonder why the government only allows McCain and Obama to debate and be seen on television??? Could it be that they don't want some of the others like Nader to be well known for fear they would actually get elected and not be in our government's pocket?!! Please do some research on the other canditates running for president. They will do a much better job. Mom
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
That's true. I think there are others who would do a better job for sure. But any vote not for Obama is a vote helping McCain get elected. And I'd rather die than help that happen, unfortunately. ToT

Of course since my vote doesn't count, maybe I should just vote for the better one. -_-;
Chiakichiaki777 on October 11th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
Yaaay same here! Happy voting!