Why You Should Vote in the Presidential Election

This election cycle has seen quite a bit of apathy among the electorate and really who can blame them? None of the candidates are exciting, interesting or even slightly different from the steady crop we’ve had over the last couple of decades. In fact, in some cases, there is quite a bit of anger and frustration on the part of the electorate over which candidates managed to get to the top slot(s) – and many suspect the ‘fix is in’ . They may be right.

However, we are stuck with those who have been selected for us and I’m all for looking on the bright side and coming up with some reasons why we should all vote – and since I’m pretty sure that there are plenty of lists around for all the reasons we shouldn’t vote, this seemed like a good idea. Although many things seem like good ideas and fail miserably but that’s another story….

You should vote in the Presidential Election because:

1. Tuesday is typically an off day and there really isn’t much else to do.

2. You might end up on the evening news as an interviewee in the exit polls. Naturally, you’ll have a much better chance if you draw attention to yourself through the use of costumes and/or picket signs. The media loves cheap and cheesy.

3. We haven’t had a chad count in a long time.

4. The sooner a new president is elected, the sooner the media can get some raw meat to feast on and it’s been a paltry feasting season so far. Note: The media apparently require vast amounts of fresh carrion, ah…er..protein to survive.

5. There is nothing good on television that day.

6. There are sure to be protest demonstrations for whichever Dem candidate got cheated or shafted, thereby increasing your chances of appearing in the evening news.

7. November is a boring month and the autumn leaves you’ll see on your walk to the polls will be about as good as it gets.

8. You can delude yourself into believing that your vote counts.

9. Since it is a federal law that your employer must give you up to two hours to vote (without penalty) you will have an extra 1 hour and 45 minutes to screw around before you go back to work.

10. We need a new list of conspiracy theories, new blood in the Whitehouse will help to spawn same.

11. I’m dying to see if Bill Clinton will be our first male First Lady.

12. The sooner we get this over with, the sooner we can start looking forward to the next presidential election.

13. Due to global warming it may be your last chance to vote before it is proven that voting is destructive to the planet.

14. Since you’ve probably spent the last ten years of your life in front of a computer screen, doing something more exertive could be dangerous for your health.

15. It’s cheaper than putting gas in your car.

16. You may luck out and be witness to voter fraud and/or disenfranchisement and be able to sue somebody later, thereby facilitating an early retirement.

17. It’ll be fun to see what Florida does to screw it up this time.

18. This may be your only chance to vote for your dog.

Okay, well that’s my list. What’s yours?

13 thoughts on “Why You Should Vote in the Presidential Election

  1. Hi WC,

    Amazingly enough, Tennessee, one of the poorest and most backward States in the Union, holds possibly the best elections. Even more surprising, in the Memphis area, the most poverty stricken and poorly educated and poorly governed area of the state, we have the latest voting technology! I can, for instance, vote two or three weeks early, between eight in the morning and six in the evening Monday through Friday, which means there is almost never a line and, if there is, I can go back the next day. Beyond that, all our voting is done on touch screen computers that are almost impossible to make a mistake on. It’s also interesting to note that we managed to set all this up without having a State income tax.

    As to your excellent list:

    2. Reporters are scared of me.
    4. Great!
    6. Not around here. There’s too much chance of getting caught in the crossfire from a gang fight.
    7. We don’t walk since nothing is anywhere close enough.
    8. It does, on occasion. Besides the Florida example, we’ve had several local elections in recent years that were decided by less than a thousand votes.
    9. I’m self employed. Guess I’ll have to sue myself.
    10. Oh, I do so love conspiracy theories!!!
    18. I suspect I’ll vote Libertarian this year, and my dogs all seem to be Democrats.

    the Grit

    Hey Grit,
    Wow, I must be living in the wrong state. And how in blazes did you end up with Democrat dogs? πŸ˜†


  2. Hi WC,

    Technical stuff. Your ads aren’t showing up for me, giving only the dreaded “The web page can’t be displayed” warning. That’s probably due to my dreadfully slow dial up connection, but I figured it worthy of mention. Also, the contrast level of the print on your side bars is difficult for my aging eyes to distinguish.

    the Grit

    Hey Grit,
    The ads aren’t showing up because I haven’t gotten around to that yet. Which I could use some advice on if you’re giving any out.

    I know about the contrast issue, not sure what to do about it, since I don’t want to change themes. Again, suggestions are welcome.



  3. Interesting list.

    What would Bill’s title be? NOT First Gentleman, i hope.
    How about, First Husband? i don’t like that. It doesn’t flow.
    But he needs a label. First Pimp p’raps?

    And let’s not forget the day after- on which we will either be elated and smug because our choice beat their choice or irritable and depressed because our choice got screwed.

    I’m liking the First Pimp title – that more than works for me. πŸ˜†

    Yeah, the parties or funerals after the elections could end up being a whole ‘nother post if not twenty. πŸ˜‰


  4. I love your list. I’ll be bringing my cane to vote so I can scatter people in my way. That’s always fun. Well, you gave me some damn good reasons to get me out there and vote. I love #2 and #11. I’ll be curious if Hillary wins what they will call Billary.

    Dang, I should have worked in caning in there somewhere. πŸ˜† Now that would be a good addition to the list. πŸ˜‰

    Check c’s comment on a possible title for billary, it may catch on. πŸ˜‰


  5. The polls are a great place to pick up disillusioned female voters.

    Wow, yet another place to pick up babes, eh? Who knew? πŸ˜‰


  6. LOL – you think of everything. Oh, and I just noticed your banner says “the home planet.” I guess we are still waiting for our people to come get us. πŸ™‚

    Teens, I really snorted on this one. Yeah, we’re definitely waiting for ‘our people’ to come git us. LOL. I’d phone home if I could. πŸ˜‰


  7. WC:

    Great post! On election, we can all rest assured that no matter who is elected, there is one thing that both Democrats and Republicans share in common: Our money!

    – JOS

    Hey JOS,
    You know, you’re right, that is the one thing we have in common. Dang those varmits.


  8. I wonder what the turnout will be if gas prices keep rising.

    I don’t know, but just in case, I’m gonna eat a lot of beans in the weeks leading up to the election. πŸ˜‰


  9. Oooh, I got one Annie, I have to vote to get the “I voted” sticker to add to my sticker collection! Whoot! Whoot! Also, didn’t know that employers had to give you 2 hours – I cracked up when you wrote that’s 1 hour and 45 minutes left to screw around — SHOOOOOOOT! I work NIGHTS!!! BOOO! HISSSSS!!!!

    You know, Bella, I was going to say that one – but I didn’t think anyone else out there had a sticker collection. πŸ˜‰ LOL.


  10. Hi WC,

    As to the political choice of our dogs, I figure they’re liberals because they’re always waiting for a handout instead of hunting up their own food πŸ™‚

    As to advertising, I suggest a combination of Google and Text Link Ads. You might also want to include an affiliate program or two. Amazon.com perhaps.

    As to the contrast issue, if there’s not a menu option to set the colors, then you’ll have to make a change to the theme code. I’ll get a copy of your theme and check into it for you.

    the Grit

    Hey Grit,
    I see your point about your dogs, maybe they are just compassionate conservatives????

    Thanks for the tech data, I will be working on it.


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