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Old 10-05-2008, 10:54 PM
Simon Willard Simon Willard is offline
 
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Default Bad voting is an oxymoron

If you believe in democracy, then an election is a measurement of the feelings of the electorate. The goal of democracy is to treat this measurement with respect by allowing it, within broad limits, to define the government. The measurement is not bad. Nor are the components of that measurement -- the votes -- bad. For a true democrat, votes are sacred.

There are people who vote foolishly. But contrary to Mr. Brennan, these are the people who do NOT vote their feelings. A example of a foolish voter would be the person who says, "I am a libertarian, so I must vote for candidate A because his platform has the most libertarian elements".

To be a good voter is to do in the voting booth what makes you feel good. To be a foolish voter is to vote someone else's interest.
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