• Posty McPostface
    5.8k
    I'm wondering if people who inhabit this community have voted already. This is limited to the US mid-term elections.

    Why or why not have you cast your vote?
  • ArguingWAristotleTiff
    3.2k
    Before dawn, first in line to cast my ballot!
    :up:
  • Jake
    781
    Yup, done did the vote thang. I'm so grateful to our Tweeter-In-Chief because I no longer have to think when voting. Now I just go down the ballot and check anything with "DEM" after it. I could probably do that on LSD. Hey, maybe I will next time! :smile:

    Vote for Jake and the Space Cowboy Party!!!
  • ArguingWAristotleTiff
    3.2k
    Space Cowboy PartyJake

    Who was it at PF that had an avatar of the SpaceCowboy?
  • Michael
    7.4k
    I didn't vote.
  • Michael
    7.4k
    Who was it at PF that had an avatar of the SpaceCowboy?ArguingWAristotleTiff

    @Postmodern Beatnik.
  • Jake
    781
    I'm pleased to be able to share the Space Cowboy Party theme song in two forms.

    First, the live performance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwoiy-Fwm0E

    Next, the cut from the album (tighter and groovier, but no video)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELcTJZLxhFU

    This is what was on the radio around the time I started voting. A guy in our gang had a huge old 1940s era car, it was about a half mile from the front seat to back seat. :smile: We'd all pile in the car, smoke about a pound of weed, and then drive for hours down the beach (you can drive on the beach where I grew up) looking for girls.

    So, this is the platform offered by the Space Cowboy Party. Good friends, classic cars, a 30 mile long beach, pounds of weed, and girls. Vote for me and I'll make it happen for you! Unless I get too stoned and forget. Or get the munchies and forget. Or get ______ and forget.

    I told you 'bout living in the U.S. of A.
    Don't you know that I'm a gangster of love
    Let me tell you people that I found a new way
    And I'm tired of all this talk about love
    And the same old story with a new set of words
    About the good and the bad and the poor
    And the times keep on changin'
    So I'm keepin' on top
    Of every fat cat who walks through my door

    I'm a space cowboy
    Bet you weren't ready for that
    I'm a space cowboy
    I'm sure you know where it's at
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    I was born on this rock
    And I've been travelin' through space
    Since the moment I first realized
    What all you fast talkin' cats would do if you could
    You know, I'm ready for the final surprise
    There ain't no way around it
    Ain't nothing to say
    That's gonna satisfy my soul deep inside
    All the prayers and surveyors
    Keep the whole place uptight
    While it keeps on gettin' darker outside

    I'm a space cowboy
    Bet you weren't ready for that
    I'm a space cowboy
    I'm sure you know where it's at
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    I see the show downs, slow downs, lost and found, turn arounds
    The boys in the military shirts
    I keep my eyes on the prize, on the long fallen skies
    And I don't let my friends get hurt
    All you back room schemers, small trip dreamers
    Better find something new to say
    Cause you're the same old story
    It's the same old crime
    And you got some heavy dues to pay

    I'm a space cowboy
    Bet you weren't ready for that
    I'm a space cowboy
    I'm sure you know where it's at
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
  • Jake
    781
    Got room for one more?ArguingWAristotleTiff

    Well, I don't know about that. First you would have to prove that you are infected with the ridiculous stupidity of youth, because the Space Cowboy Platform Plan Thingy depends upon that.

    But, if you can work yourself up in to a state (chemical enhancers allowed) where you think you REALLY ARE a space cowboy, then ok, jump on board. There are already about 17 people in the back seat, but I'm sure we can squeeze in one more.

    Check out the lyrics to the song, pretty political really....
  • LD Saunders
    314
    I voted early, because if I died before today, I wanted Trump and the Republicans to know that I was rejecting them after they turned the GOP into a racist, conspiracy-theory driven political party.
  • Bitter Crank
    6.7k
    Alas, I am not voting. But vote blue, no matter who.

    Hey, I have a great excuse: I'm having a colonoscopy tomorrow and today is prep day. Not straying more than 5 seconds from the bathroom. Certainly not going to stand in line hoping that lightning did not strike in the next 20 minutes (because if I was standing in line, that's when...)

    Had I planned ahead, I could have voted early, but I had forgotten about today and the sturm and drang of total clearance.

    On the plus side, Minnesota often has the highest rate of voting in the country, and I live in an area that is a Democratic Farm Labor stronghold, so the liberals will be taken care of.

    One of the candidates for Attorney General is Keith Ellison, formerly in Congress then Democratic Chair for a while. He had a sort of sex scandal -- his girl friend is accusing him of kicking her out of his bed. She says she has a video of it. Who was the third party in the bedroom making the video, inquiring minds want to know. She doesn't want to turn the video over because it was private. Well, Madam, I should think you would consider the whole thing to be too private to bring up publicly. If somebody kicked me out of bed, I wouldn't shout it from the roof tops. Geez. Getting expelled from a bed is usually not a compliment.

    We also have a Somali woman running for congress, DFL endorsed. She had some sort of financial irregularity which she dismissed with the kind of breezy logic that one expects from the practiced political operator.

    I would vote blue no matter who but the roster of democratic candidates just isn't very satisfying. The candidates that are red can jolly well drop dead.
  • Nils Loc
    337
    Voted for all democrats though it doesn't much matter in my state. Think a majority of incumbents are blue most of the time, probably what one would expect in the most ethnically diverse state in America. Democrats are probably the new conservatives though, since everything feels like it is shifting right.

    Why did I vote?

    Because if someone asks I won't be embarrassed that I shirked my civic duty, or whatever. Also I think compulsory voting is a good idea, so I'm practicing for that.
  • darthbarracuda
    2.9k
    No, I didn't vote. My reasoning by analogy: if you are overweight and in a Burger King, and you are pondering whether you should get a single pounder or a double pounder cheeseburger, the best choice is to just leave Burger King and get something more healthy.

    Voting legitimizes power structures.
  • praxis
    881
    I voted to delegitimize the Republican Party (in its current state anyway), though I don't think it'll matter much were I live.
  • Posty McPostface
    5.8k
    Well, I have voted. Nothing much to say why if one was cognizant and not in a coma over the last two years.
  • Posty McPostface
    5.8k
    Dems are taking the house, yay!
  • Bitter Crank
    6.7k
    One thing I noticed in the returns is that in various states 3rd party candidates have drawn more votes than usual. It is probably the case that some of the third party people are awful, but I do like to see 4% -10% showing up for alternative candidates just because it suggests that people might consider an alternative to Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
  • ArguingWAristotleTiff
    3.2k
    @Bitter Crank I wish you well on your procedure today. Make sure you demand a good amount of Twilight sleep! I wish I could be near you to care for you this afternoon~ :flower:
  • Jake
    781
    Dems are taking the house, yay!Posty McPostface

    Thanks for breaking that news, I was surely wondering. Well, the next two years will now make WWII look like a skirmish.
  • Bitter Crank
    6.7k
    Thank you! I've had one before, so it won't be a complete surprise. The worst part right now is drinking 2 more quarts of salty slop.

    There's snow on the ground this morning, 31º. The weather ball is green so frigid lows are foreseen. A low of 15 for Saturday. Brrr.

    Have a good day. :flower:
  • Jake
    781
    Bitter Crank is the only true liberal on the forum as he is celebrating election day by blowing the Tweeter-In-Chief out his butt.

    And by the way Mr. Crank, stop bragging about your glorious fall weather. 85 here today, and I don't mind telling you I'm about sick of it, as it's been like that since last February. But I'm trying to remain hopeful, as our nine days of winter will surely arrive sooner or later.
  • Terrapin Station
    4.4k
    Voted for Green and Libertarian candidates . . . which is usually what I do. I consider myself a "libertarian socialist," though my views are very idiosyncratic. At any rate, Greens and Libertarians are closer to aspects of my views than other parties. I can't really stand either Democrats or Republicans. I hate that we have a practical situation where it's only Democrats or Republicans who are viable candidates for any major office.
  • Jake
    781
    I hate that we have a practical situation where it's only Democrats or Republicans who are viable candidates for any major office.Terrapin Station

    Such sentiments are perhaps at least part of how Trump got elected. Many people are looking for something other than the status quo, and Trump isn't really either a Dem or Repub at heart. Now that the mid-term is behind us perhaps he'll finally get serious and launch the Narcissist Party. :smile:
  • Terrapin Station
    4.4k
    Such sentiments are perhaps at least part of how Trump got elected.Jake

    Well, and people say things like that as if there's a belief that I would have preferred to have Hillary in office. But I wouldn't. I honestly can't stand either Democrats or Republicans. I don't like Trump, either, but he's not been any worse in my opinion than any of 'em. Every president in my lifetime has been useless in my view.

    My political views are way, way out in left field.
  • Jake
    781
    I don't like Trump, either, but he's not been any worse in my opinion than any of 'em. Every president in my lifetime has been useless in my view.Terrapin Station

    I'm not arguing with this, just saying that many people appear to share your view, and in their frustration have turned to options outside the usual routine. Bernie Sanders was also an example of this to some degree. Who knew a grouchy old socialist would take the Democratic Party by storm?
  • DiegoT
    76
    I´m from Spain, and I find difficult to grasp why people can be so sure they are in the rational waggon. To me, both Republicans and Democrats are very much affected by irrational ideas and discourses. They magnify like a lense the decandence of the country. I´m not saying Spain is doing any better, or the rest of Europe; I just can´t understand how people can see their own leanings as the most sane. You vote Dem then, don´t you think they are tribalistic, obsessed with race, and unable to deal with reality?
  • Michael
    7.4k
    The candidates that are red can jolly well drop dead.Bitter Crank

    One did. He still won.
  • Michael
    7.4k
    unable to deal with reality?DiegoT

    I think that better describes the Republican Party. Anti-climate change, trickle-down economics, bearded guy in the sky who demands that gays be oppressed...
  • praxis
    881
    Who knew a grouchy old socialist would take the Democratic Party by storm?

    A democratic socialist.
  • ArguingWAristotleTiff
    3.2k
    One did. He still won.Michael

    :rofl: Only You as a non-American would know that! To add a little absurdity to it, Exiled Sheriff Joe Arpaio shared the same stage with him the night before he died. :eyes: :rofl:
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