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Election Day!
« on: November 04, 2008, 07:53:16 PM »
Yay finally it is election day! I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am ready for it to be OVER ALREADY!  ;D

This thread is for discussion of the election today, and throughout the day and into the night until there is a winner.

....And here...we...go!

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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 08:29:26 PM »
I just hope this one doesn't get dragged out like others have been. I know there are a lot of things riding in peoples minds, but everything has been so overplayed that I am a little annoyed at what is going on.
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 09:59:07 PM »
While I am extremely excited that I got to vote for the first time, this election has gone on far too long. I think it began around January 2007? That's an incredibly vast span of time.

I will be very relieved when it is over, no matter who wins.
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 11:06:30 PM »
I just hope we see how mean-spirited people can be.  The things that have been said about these great Americans are a detriment to us all.  It's easy to sit back and complain about our leaders, but who among us would step up to take their place?  What I find most incredible is how all the truly negative and vicious attacks did not come from either candidate, but from special interest groups and PACS.  Of course, they then get attributed to the candidate.  The presidential elections have become the national equivalent to a sports rivalry.  The team you play for has become more important than the player's ability, or the game itself.  We certainly need to rein in our politicians, but I think some respect is in order, as well.  I also think we need to take a serious look at the media as a whole.  They have lost touch with what the viewers want, and have put getting the story out first over getting the story right. 
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 11:06:54 PM »
I voted and there was no line. It will be good to see this thing end I agree. Who knows what will come of it but I think we are ready to find out.

Darx I couldnt agree more.
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 12:19:05 AM »
I'm amazed at the number of people who are afraid of the results one way or another.  The scare tactics of both parties seem to be working.  No matter who wins, life goes on, and for the most part, will stay the same.  I got horribly negative ads for a state I haven't lived in for 3 years.  Evidentally when you get on the roles, you are on it forever.  They were so over the top, if I still lived in Nevada I would have voted the other way because of them.
I pity my sister who lives in Pennsylvania.  She has gotten robocalls from every single major candidate.  I like living in a small town in an ignored state.

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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 12:38:34 AM »
I, for one, cannot wait for Bush to be gone. 

Thank the lawmakers for term limits!

I agree that there is way too much negativity...but I also see that none of the candidates for any office actually represent the people who are supposedly electing them.  Kind of makes you want to overthrow this entire system.
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 01:13:48 AM »
You know what? I finally want to give a little praise to the Electoral system. I never really understood the need for an electoral collague but I see at least one benefit. It prevents the un-educated masses from turning a presidential election into a popularity contest. I'm not saying that every one is un-educated I'm just saying that record numbers of voters are expected this year, a lot of these voters would never normally take the time but seeing how race and sex are now an issue some of these voters will choose only due to these factors. I am happy to realize that at least the electoral voters are required to have some intelligence and that my vote wont be washed away by the people who don't really care.
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 04:06:24 AM »
How does the electoral college currently change anything?
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2008, 04:13:12 AM »
What do you mean? I don't think I understand the question of how it currently changes anything. You mean with the election and giving the real power of voting to a select few? I mean that seems pretty valid right now.

I am aware that the electoral college is supposed to simply ratify the popular vote of their region but really. If that were so then whats the point of even having them?
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2008, 05:40:28 AM »
Scare tactics are scare tactics.  I'm just afraid Obama will do all those things he said he would.
  • Raise taxes even more on businesses. That means I'll probably get laid off because my company won't be able to afford me anymore.
  • Regulate the financial markets just like the Dems did before, forcing and then encouraging Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac to make bad loans until they melted down taking the rest of the economy with them.
  • Pull out of Iraq willy nilly, leaving the Iraqi people to the tender mercies of Al Quaeda, Iran and Jihadists everywhere in the name of political expedience.
  • Institute a National Healthcare system so the doctors and insurance will function just like all the other bureaucracies, answering to no one but their distant masters in Washington.  Innovation in the field will come to a screeching halt.
  • Dole out cash in the form of "tax refunds" to those who didn't pay taxes in the first place, teaching even more people dependence on the government teat.
  • Institute the "Fairness Doctrine" in the name of getting "both sides" of every issue heard while at the same time holding the sole power to decide what those sides are.
  • The list goes on...

There were plenty of scare tactics on both sides. Easy to discern and separate.  I'm scared of what Obama said plainly he was planning to do. It remains to be seen what he held back.

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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2008, 05:52:58 AM »
Plantation Monster, electors virtually ALWAYS vote for the candidate elected by their constituency; today, they are mostly useless.
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2008, 05:53:53 AM »
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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2008, 05:56:32 AM »
Congratulations to Obama for becoming the first African-American President of the United States.

Congratulations for McCain for a pretty heartfelt concession speech, can't say I can say the same for the crowd. Stay classy.

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Re: Election Day!
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2008, 06:08:50 AM »
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I just had a very similar thought....
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