Well, difference of opinion is what makes for good discussion, and it's also the bedrock of our pluralistic society. So I am going to say that not voting doesn't necessarily exclude you from commenting on what our elected officials are doing.
As for the low voter turn-out in Illinois, I am sure that lack of excitement about the choices had something to do with it. One continues to hear how there are legions of registered Republicans who are not thrilled with the choices, who would vote for someone other than Mitt Romney if there were options more compelling than Santorum, Gingrich and Paul. But it's not as if there is anyone even on the periphery that would generate that excitement. Christie? Palin? Huckabee? Nope.
I am afraid that for many Republicans, there may be a repeat of 2008 - oh well, we don't like the one guy, but the other guy is downright scary, so I better go with the first guy. But that is what the two-party system, and the condition of our political process, and all the cynicism and skepticism around expecting anything from our government, has left us with!
I said: "If you really don't care ~ don't show up in November either ~ and please, keep your mouths shut and quit bitching about how 'bad' it is."
I didn't say or mean to exclude anyone from commenting on what our elected officials are doing. Just don't bitch about it. Comment away . . . Just don't bitch...
And about using 'our' elected officials . . . nice touch
Well I don't believe in the "us vs. them" mentality. It's a closed system as far as I am concerned.
In Illinois (okay Chicago) 24% turnout = 12% of those eligible, each voting twice..
Unfortunately on election day I had to be near my brother who was having critical surgery about 75 miles from my polling place. The surgery went better than expected, but I had to be at his house the day after the surgery to brother sit him. On Tuesday about 3:00P, my brother was considered stable but he had to sleep in the CCU overnight. At 3:00Pm I left the hospital and drove the 75 miles in Chicago rush hour's (rush hour starts at 3 and end's at 7-8:00. I made it to my polling place about 6:30. The only reason I made this drive was to vote, afterwards I stopped by my apartment to get the mail, then I hit the road back to my brother's place. I checked into a motel across the street of his apartment 9:30, then I went to my brothers place.
Illinois had a 25% voter turnout...must not be many 99.9%er's in the state. other than myself and a few others I know. I can always say.....I VOTED BECAUSE I CARE. The other 98% of the 99.9%er's must have taken the day off and went to the beach..Bottom line is "I VOTED" and I have a sticky to prove it.
Loomis said "I have a sticky" - teehee!