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In Which I Exercise My Franchise

State elections today! I'm a big believer in voting in the oddball elections where everyone else stays home, because it is in these elections that my vote is most likely to matter. In a national election, you're just one tiny little datum point in a giant buzzing cloud of probability; but state or local elections are decided more by who stays home than by who you actually vote for. Whichever broad demographic stays home most, loses.

Virginia elections tend to be a choice between the Crook, the Schnook, and the Just Plain Nuts, and this year followed right along. It also tends to be Northern Virginia vs. The Rest of the State, although this is becoming less true as the Richmond suburbs continue to gain affluence. Once solidly a member of the "God, Guns, and Racism" party, Virginia has become much more of a swing state in the past several elections, which is a trend I wholly approve of. A state of well-reasoned moderates is too much to hope for in the near term, but a state that flops from "awful" to "could be worse" is still an improvement.

In any case, I voted, thus having done my civic duty for today. Now for some art and writing! And kittens.

-The Gneech

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dewline
Nov. 5th, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Wishing you good luck with Virginia's future governance, then!
the_gneech
Nov. 5th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

-TG
jordan179
Nov. 5th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Once solidly a member of the "God, Guns, and Racism" party, ...

Historically, the party of "racism" has been and remains the Democrats.
the_gneech
Nov. 5th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
Also, the world is flat and the moon landing never happened. *nods*

-TG
jordan179
Nov. 5th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
No ... the Democrats are the party which opposed the Abolition of Slavery, then re-imposed white supremacy in the South after the liberation of the slaves, used violence to prevent the blacks from voting, and tried to vote down the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which secured the right of blacks to vote. This is all known history.
jordan179
Nov. 5th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and continuing with that thought, the first statewide gun control laws were passed to keep blacks disarmed after the end of the American Civil War, because weapons in the hands of black veterans of the Union Army might have made it difficult for the (Democrat) Ku Klux Klan to administer "punishment" of "uppity" blacks. Which is to say, blacks who might consider voting, and almost certainly voting Republican.
sirfox
Nov. 6th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
those darn dems are so racist, they elected a black man to pin job of president on during the worst fiscal downturn in living memory.
galadrion
Nov. 6th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
At least he and his administration are cooperating, by doing everything they can to make it the worst fiscal debacle they can.
keross
Nov. 6th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Gentles, let us be honest here. Both of the major parties are corrupt. The very nature of a Politician is one of self-interest and dishonesty. That is why I prefer Statesmen to Politicians. Unfortunately, there are too few Statesmen.

As to who is racist, prejudice, bigoted, fill-in-the-adjective, I submit that everyone is. We all have our prejudices, it is a matter of how much we let that rule our lives. Some are more willing to let it show, like Jessie Jackson (with his anti-white collation) and the Grand Dragon of the KKK. I submit that any origination that exists solely to advance/benefit a select group based primarily on a person’s genetic make-up (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc) is racist and/or discriminatory. Period. No exceptions. Yes, that means I class the NAACP right alongside the Nazis, the KKK and the Black Panthers.

I heartily recommend checking out Alfonzo Rachel (http://alfonzorachel.com). He’s black, and proud of it. He’s a talented musician. He is also a Conservative. I don’t agree with everything he says, but he does have some interesting points.
the_gneech
Nov. 6th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
It's worth noting here that I was quite deliberate when I didn't specify "republicans" or "democrats" in my OP, because "God, Guns, and Racism Party" is a cultural block, not a political one. Virginia's had plenty of nasty racist democrats as well as nasty racist republicans.

That someone instantly knee-jerk-defensed the republican party is amusing and telling, but not really germane to my point.

-TG
jordan179
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
I brought up the incredibly-racist history of the Democrats in particular because Virginia is a Southern state -- this is a state in which the Democrats actively defended slavery, and for a century after the Civil War segregation.
javarod
Nov. 6th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
I don't think we had any election here... No wait, they did send me a voter card, so we must've had something, but nobody was saying anything about it, and we've been busy moving, so i missed it i guess.
exatron
Nov. 6th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)

You're not very familiar with the civil rights era, are you? The racists fled the Democratic party and joined the Republicans starting in the late 60s.

jordan179
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
I am very familiar with the civil rights era. The American Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is what secured black civil rights, was passed by the Republicans over the Congressional opposition of the Democrats. And most of the hardcore white racists remained in the Democratic Party: in particular, Robert Byrd, who was actually a Ku Klux Klan official, was a US Senator for decades after that. Democratic racism merely shifted from segregation to affirmative action -- both of which treat blacks as inferior.
sirfox
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Reality check, here... the civil rights act was passed by a BIPARTISAN vote winning the majority of BOTH parties. 61% OR MORE of each party, in each house, both times the law came up voted to pass it.

There was a filibuster attempt by a block of racist southern democrats and one republican ally. It failed. This group no more defines the whole of today's democratic party than Rand Paul or mr. Legitimate Rape Todd Akin defines all of the GOP, and those two are members of today's politics, not those of nearly 50 years ago.

If you pick and choose hard enough, you can find an anecdotal scumbag for any party, group, or organization you like. Holding up a half century old event as a straw man to tar the entire party with for all time? really? Disingenuous at best.
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