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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 Even though my vote doesn't really count for presidential elections (the electoral college is a stupid, outdated antiquated system that needs to be done away with, seriously).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? =^-^=
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.
ikona_rakashaikona_rakasha on October 10th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
totally unrealted, i added you and thought id say hi. *waves*
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Hi! ^__^
illuminesce on October 10th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
But then again, it's an infringement on their rights to smoke, etc. I agree I don't like being places where people smoke particularly, but my roommate smokes, and as long as she smokes outside, and I'm inside, there's no harm done to anyone. I understand your point, but there is the counterargument that you could just avoid smoking places (hard to do in Tokyo, I know .__.) and sit away from smokers when they do smoke.

Who knows? Maybe they'll develop a smokeless cigarette, but in the meantime, there's probably a good compromise of both sides.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on October 10th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
There actually is a smokeless cigarette, but it is not publicized and nobody really uses it.

But I don't agree. They have the right to ingest nicotine, but not to pollute the air that has to be shared with others. When someone smokes, it ruins the air around them (I often encounter smoke while walking and it makes me cough) and if there's just one smoker in a room usually the entire room reeks of it. So when people say that it's the smoker's right to smoke, it's true partially. They can ingest nicotine, but they can't make others do it. So they're the ones trampling on the rights of others. If there was no smoke, I don't think most nonsmokers would have a problem at all with smokers.

So it's like when someone takes drugs. They shoot up a needle, then they use that same needle and poke it into you as you walk by and insert heroin into your blood. They've crossed the line by violating your rights to not put heroin into your body. Same with smoke and nicotine.
illuminesce on October 11th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I wonder if the smokeless cigarette is any good - I should ask some of my smoker friends if they've tried them.

It seems to me that you're especially sensitive to smoke smell and smoke in general, and I can understand your feelings towards smokers, though perhaps instead of banning smoking, there should be more push for smokeless cigarettes or perhaps chewing tobacco/nicotine patches if it really is such a problem? I agree with your argument, but the only thing that I disagree about is that smoke can be avoided while outside (certainly not in smoking bars), and if there's a smoker, you can hold your nose or walk on the other side of the street if it's really bothersome.