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2/26/2012 9:57:00 PM
Editorial: Apathy, skepticism no reasons not to vote
The Daily Courier

Today is the eve of Arizona's presidential preference election - an election where different people, registered to the same party, run against each other to see who will be the choice of Arizona party voters to be nominated at the National Convention.

That's fancy talk for a primary, as far as we are concerned. And Tuesday is our chance.

Sadly, in other parts of the United States, some people do not value the privilege to vote. According to the Texas Home School Coalition, a political action committee, many voters in Texas will fail to go to the polls this year, not understanding the significance of primary elections.

"It is not uncommon to hear complaints by people who do not like the choices they have in the general election," the coalition's website states.

"Usually, these same people did not participate in the primaries to help choose parties' nominees. It is the dedicated and committed few voting in a primary who set the choices for the majority in the November elections."

The same is true in Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel. On the eve of the 2012 Florida Primary, the newspaper learned of a "disturbing" new study showing that Florida's young adult population was less engaged in voting, volunteerism and public debate than their counterparts elsewhere.

The study examined the potential impact of the state's "millennials" - those age 18 to 29 - saying they present "both a major challenge and opportunity for policymakers" as the state faces a critical time in its economic and social history. "Fewer than half of Floridians in that age group were registered to vote in 2010, ... (and) a little over one in five actually voted."

Go figure.

As Americans, we seek hope, and are promised change. We remember the GOP "Contract with America," and that "America can be America, again" (Kerry, 2004). Candidates have promised "Change we can believe in" (Obama, 2008), "Reform with results" (Bush, 2000), and "Prosperity for America's families" (Gore, 2000), for example.

Participation is key to our democracy. The Green and Republican parties are staging preference elections Tuesday. Be part of the solution and vote. In November, it will make all the difference.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Dogs for Obama

"dyslectic Robin Hood" ROFL

I used to think I was a God.

As compared to the Republican's Great Recession, we are all better off, just some more than others. There is no hope and change for this country, putting the Corporatist Party back in power. They left too much of our retirement investments on the table, and these wolves want another chance to pick the bone clean.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Biz Guy

I am better off than I was four years ago. I have a better job, more disposable income, a much nicer car, and full medical insurance. I am seeing real economic development in an area that for many years had nothing but tourism and retirement, so I also have higher expectations for where I will be in another few years.

My only fear is that the hardliners are going to derail the recovery out of stupidity or spite, and my hard work will be for nothing because a bunch of ideologues can't bear to live in the real world.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: michelle star

"Are you better off now than four years ago?"
Is this the best line the Republican/Fox "news?"/Mr. Steele can come up with?

I don't know about you but I still have the same job I had four years ago, I still have the same freedoms I had four years ago, I can still own a gun, I still live about as normal as I did four years ago.. things haven't changed too much for me in four years. What's President Obama's done to people like Republican Steele to make his life so lousy now? What do you want this President to do to make things better for you Mr. Steele? Give you more money, lower your federal tax rate again, deport all the illegal immigrants (at your expense) back to Mexico? Mr. Steele, when was the last time a working illegal immigrant bothered you? In other words what's so catastrophic that the President done to change your personal lifestyle. Is YOUR life really that bad? Mine isn't.

In the eight years bush was in office, what did he do to make your life better? What do you think Mr. Romney or any of the Republican clowns will do to change what you don't like about your life now?
Why are you so miserable under this Presidents term? Is it because Fox "news?" tells you your supposed to be worse off than you were four years ago?

My life is good because I make it that way. I don't spend twenty four hours a day watching phoney Fox "news?" fed mostly manufactured lies and conspiracies. President Obama hasn't done one thing to change the way I live my daily life. I know there's problems in the United States but there always have been and always will be. I pay more for everything now but what's not so strange about that. Most generations pay more for all things than the last one did.

According to Fox "news?" and the Republican, you would think the sky is falling and the next four years under Obama will "destroy" America. Ever notice how Fox "news?" and most Republicans use inflammatory rhetoric. According to Fox "news?" we're all supposed to be "outraged" and we need to take our country back. Outraged about what and give it to who? A Republican who hates gay Americans, A Republican who hates American minorities, A Republican male who treats all women like second class citizens, A Republican who thinks birth control is a bunch of nonsense, A Republican who hates all religious faiths except Christian? A Republican who will finance this country off the backs of the middle working class leaving the rich alone to create all of our jobs, A Republican who won't tolerate an abortion for any reason but has no problem bringing a severely handicapped child into the world that our private health insurer will not cover because the Republican repealed obamacare.... spare the fetus ignore the child?

A Republican WILL change you lifestyle when he gets involved in your bedroom and your personal beliefs. He will take your money and give it to the rich, much like a dyslectic Robin Hood.
So much for smaller and less intrusive government, right Republican?

Vote Republican and cut your own throat.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: c h

Oops. We forgot to add that the ones that don't vote, complain the loudest about who got voted in...

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Mr. Maverick

I am NOT going to vote for the least worse candidate. THEY all are unelectable and off the wall. If this is the best of the Republican Party I see a landslide victory for the Democrats. How did any of these people even graduate from elementary school?

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Minnesota was the only state to NOT vote for Ronald Reagan for a second term. It's not surprising a liberal college would conduct a survey of such extremes. I would like to see the order of other questions if any, and who were their respondents. If college students, no doubt this brilliant study will only be accepted by the progressive movement. The best question for this year is "Are you better off now than four years ago?" Only an "air-head" could say yes to that.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Dick Jonas

People who don't vote are the flab in the body politic.
To protest the status quo by not voting is the dumbest move of all time. It is the surest way to promote the status quo.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

Here, Swallow This Placebo. You'll Feel Much Better About Yourself.

So many still seem to think it's possible to vote things all better. How many times has it been tried? How many times has it worked? Every time they broadcast the "Who Wants to be President?" fake-reality teevee game show huge blocks of people swear they are confident some contestant is actually likely to "fix" a bunch of stuff. Taken in again. ("Vote for me, George L. Tirebiter! Remember -- I'm always right and I never lie!" (Stolen, with apologies, from Firesign Theater.))

How many people saw Obama as a savior? 'Bout a zillion. How many have recently hoped for Newt, Mitt, Rick, Ron? 'Bout the same. Happens every time. About the same size chunk of citizens "just knew" Clinton or Nixon or Harding was the "right" one, mostly because "I like what he's saying". Of course you like it. His handlers knew you'd like it so they stuck it into his lexicon. Fooled again. With the exception of Reagan (and possibly Rick Perry: "One... Two... Uhhh... uhhh." Okay, and Dan Quayle, and what a hoot he was, huh?) these contestants can be trained to memorize lines and spit them back out -- often with great apparent credibility. That's how they get these jobs.

It works every time and at all levels. We had some election thingy last November to improve the city council in Prescott. Suckered again. Then, when things didn't change there were a lot of complaints about how it would've worked this time "if only you other people had voted better", or simply if a lot more had voted at all.

How does anybody manage to keep thinking crappy government is the result of low voter turnout? We don't learn. It doesn't work because it's a con, a scam. We have bad government because the whole who-ha has been subverted. It's broken, wrecked. We've been duped, ripped off of the most promising governmental structure anybody ever concocted.

But maybe we are learning after all: People aren't voting because they're figuring out it won't make any difference.

My personal favorite: "It you didn't vote, you can't complain!" Of course it's just the opposite: You voters are the ones who keep putting incompetent hacks and gangsters in power. I didn't do it. I WON'T do it. You did and you will again. If you voted and the whole mess is still a mess, you're the one who can't complain. You bought into it once again. (Your gullibility is cute, though. Can I have a Mary Kay® Cosmetics party at your house? You can become an MK rep, too, and you'll be rich.)

But I don't want to be just a nattering nabob of negativity (thanks, Spiro, that was your best ever), so next time you go to the booth vote a couple of times for me, too, will ya? I don't care who you cast my vote for -- I'll know you're to blame for the ensuing disaster.

It doesn't matter how sincerely you hope Tinkerbell is real, she's still not gonna show up for drinks on your patio.

We worship wealth and we're continuously reaping its stinking harvest. I didn't know the guy, but I hear Jesus was always warning people about this sort of thing. Didn't stick, apparently.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Vermin Supreme is still a write in candidate. My November ballot will probably have his name written across the whole thing if it's a mail in election.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Namby Pamby Liberal

James Madison said: Actually, it is probably a good thing most millenials don't vote. Have you heard them respond to questions on news interviews? They can hardly string a viable sentence together, let alone comprehend what's going on in the world. Best to leave the voting in the hands of those who at least try to stay informed.

This from the guy who is so "informed" that he is regularly schooled on his factual errors in various topics, up to and including the works of James Madison!

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: L.G. Mace

Note to Walter Van Leeuwen. If you in fact changed your registration in January, you can vote. The cutoff was January 30. However, in any case, your lack of knowledge of the laws is no reason to complain. If you had been registered Republican all along, you would not have this problem.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: WALTER VAN LEEUWEN

I have a comment to make about the election tomorrow. I changed my party affiliation to Republican in January and I went to find out why I could NOT vote tomorrow and was told that I had not changed it in time. So I CAN'T VOTE. Now I find out that this is not a legal election even though it looks like my tax dollars are paying for it and there is a State Law telling when and how to vote. That law in in direct violation of the constitution. I don't know about any of you out there but that is wrong. The law needs to change. Or the taxes of this state need to be better spent. According to 4 amendments to the Constitution we have the RIGHT TO VOTE. And this little know State Law is restricting that Right.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Once A Believer

Given Choice Between Romney and Santorum, Most Voters Choose Suicide according to poll.

The survey spells trouble for GOP, Pollster Says. With just one day until the key Republican contests in Michigan and Arizona, a new survey of likely voters indicates that in a match-up between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, a majority would choose suicide over either candidate.

The poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, shows Mr. Romney drawing 21%, Mr. Santorum 18%, and various forms of suicide 61%.

“Throwing yourself in front of a speeding city bus” was the most popular means of suicide at 22%, with “jumping off the roof of a really tall building or bridge” coming in second at 17%.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Sonoran Desert Rat

I have returned my ballot unmarked as a protest. If I vote for any candidate I am validating I agree with their opinions and candidacy.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Mainly for RAV USN Ret but Rommey will get the Republican nod in Arizona, Michigan and at their convention. The Big O will be reelected but will lose the Senate and the House will stay GOP. So says the Big Irish Computer.

This is as of today, tomorrow is another story.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

As a registered Independent, my vote is unwanted. It's curious, because to win a general election, about half of us Independents will be required. It is foolhardy for the Republican party to dismiss Independents - 33% of the electorate, and increasing!

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: David Kerr

252 days until the election. Arizona will have the choice to become another California, with horrible schools, a declining economy and dysfunctional government controlled by a coalition of liberal newspapers, unions, trial lawyers and environmental extremists.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

It will be what it will be. The French have an expression that low voter turnout indicates a general satisfaction in the country. I personally don't see a general happiness with the Obama administration and that the dissatisfaction is growing. And the rapid increase in gasoline costs is right in line with Obama's plans to push us into electric and public transportation. Wake up people!

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: James Madison

Actually, it is probably a good thing most millenials don't vote. Have you heard them respond to questions on news interviews? They can hardly string a viable sentence together, let alone comprehend what's going on in the world. Best to leave the voting in the hands of those who at least try to stay informed.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Corporations Are People

According to the Texas Home School Coalition,------ you have my attention now.
Jerry, just remember. It's not a lie...if you believe.
I'm a registered Republican, and I'm hoping the powers that be will understand my message. I can't get myself to vote for any of them.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Rita Stricker

I just love it when people who support a system that hands out felonies like candy on Halloween, illegally stripping citizens of their "right" to vote, then get on their soapbox and preach about the "key to democracy."

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Sam Steiger always said if you don't know, don't vote!

And though I am a lifelong registered Republican, I don't know if I like Mitt Romney.

I DO know that I dislike his competition, that I live in a state with a large LDS voting block that ought to support Romney and that I have been receiving annoying robo-calls from Gingrich and Santorum.

I don't know if I'll bother to vote tomorrow.

Thanks for the advice, Sam!

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Greenish Gore Dogs

You forgot "Compassionate Conservative", a gentler and kinder form of fascism.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: Real American VET USN Retired

THE MEDIA sure loves elections they go banana's and make up stories and lies.. They got their SO CALLED EXPERTS ON, their fancy computers, and WITH HUGE MONITORS!!! AND they love those friking POLLS..I have been called 5 times already in 2012 and LIED EACH TIME. NO matter what I tell them they can make up any results they want and I bet they do. It's who got the $$$ anyway. WHOSE THE MEDIA's FAVORITE CANDIDATE THIS WEEK??? Is RON PAUL going to do good on Tuesday?
WHO DOES THE BIG COMPUTER say is going to win in NOVEMBER!!
They will spend what 5 BILLION DOLLARS or more running just for PRESIDENT this year and STILL the real GOOD CANDIDATES will stay silent and not run. And there is still more people unregistered to vote then there are to vote.
It's better than going to a movie. But 'then' again SILENT MOVIES ARE BACK YUUUKK!!

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