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FR Poll: List your reasons to vote For, Against, or Abstain (leave blank) in the 2002 Election.
Posted on 11/04/2002 6:53:27 AM PST by Graewoulf
It is important to understand how false the "Opinion Polls" that "The Media" uses in their broadcasts really are. I submit that the usual quote of "3 to 5 percent error" is an error of sampling PRECISION. The error for ACCURACY is at least 60 percent. My reasoning is as follows: 1.) "The Media" asks only those people who THEY think are likely to vote. 2.) According to the pollster Zogby, 60 percent of those asked refuse to be polled.
The purpose of this post is to solicit the ACTUAL opinions of FREEPERS as to what the reasons are for voting in the November, 2002 USA Election. Send a message to the political parties, candidates, voters, non-voters, whomever! Now is the time to register YOUR true opinion!
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posted on 11/04/2002 6:53:27 AM PST
To: Registered; Mia T; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Thinkin' Gal; kristinn; Snow Bunny; JamesWilson; Teacup; ...
posted on 11/04/2002 7:06:39 AM PST
Every thinking conservative in America should go to the polls tomorrow and vote a STRAIGHT GOP ticket. Period.
posted on 11/04/2002 7:14:32 AM PST
I'm voting for a few reasons:
1. It's my duty as an American citizen.
2. Voting gives me the right to complain. :)
3. My vote DOES matter. Florida 2000 is proof.
4. I hate liberals and everything they stand for.
5. Much of day-to-day life is a reflection of my vote. From filling up my tank, to working 9 hours a day, to buying a pack of gum... it all hinges on my vote- IOW, lower taxes!
posted on 11/04/2002 7:15:46 AM PST
posted on 11/04/2002 7:21:34 AM PST
I *never* expected to vote a straight GOP ticket. I did this time.
Although I have little faith in the CA GOP, I did my part. Democrats, especially since the 2000 Florida mess Gore created, have earned my contempt at the ballot box. This year has seen a memorial turned into a rally, the NJ bait-and-switch, pre-election vote fraud from South Dakota onward. It makes me ill, this trampling of decency and election law.
FREEPERS! SAVE CALIFORNIA from a Dem Sweep! Tom McClintock is our last, best hope! Fight waste & corruption in the CA State Budget!
Here's one for you ---
Nancy Johnson (RINO - CT) vs. Jim Maloney (D - CT).
Johnson - "I'm the oldest member of Congress, and I will fight to keep Social Security from being privatized."
Maloney - Union thug who sends paid union employees out to remove his challenger's signs (Middlebury CT last election cycle.
It's enough to keep me home. In fact, I almost decided not to vote this time around. But I despise Maloney, so I will hold my nose and vote for Johnson.
For my state rep, I have the choice of Hovey (RINO), who touched up a photo of a cell phone antenna to block its construction (upgrading the patheticly old and dangerous communications system for the police, fire and civil defense for free), and the "independent" mortician Lesko, who I almost went for until I found out he supported the "millionaire tax" in Connecticut, the miracle tax raising scheme that is just success and wealth envy.
So basically I'm going in, holding my nose, and voting for the old broad.
I vote Republican because I see a much, much brighter future for America once we remove the left wing, anti-american, socialist democrat anchor from around our necks.
1.It is my duty as a citizen to vote for the person/party that best reflectes my values.
2.IMO the liberals and there socialist values are in danger of distroying the country (and the culture). So, it is my duty to do all i can to fight them off.
3.If i don't vote i have no right to complain.
4.I love seeing DemRats defeated! ;)
To: PhiKapMom; Taxman; Billie; blam; LadyX; ladyinred
Your opinions are requested.
To: Dixie Mom; BeforeISleep; webber; sweetliberty; deport; I'm ALL Right!; samtheman; navigator; ...
I voted early, so I've already cast my ballot. I vote in every single election to do my part to elect conservatives into office. I believe that we really need to work from the ground up and elect conservatives at all levels; from the dog catcher and school board members, on up the chain. Even though the big national and statewide races generate the most interest, our first responsibility is where we can make the most difference: at the local level. I think we can eventually weed out some of the RINOs at higher levels if we build a strong foundation of conservatives from the bottom up.
For me, the reason to vote GOP this year is to limit the power of the trial lawyers, limit the power of the teachers' unions, and to not to start to go down the road where it is no longer profitable for the drug companies to engage in drug research. Bartley has a good op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal describing what a Dem congress would do rather than a GOP one. It is not a pretty picture. One thing the Dems would do is to try to delay the implementation of the scheduled tax cuts that are already in the law, in favor of targeted benefits for their favored constituencies, and to facilitate higher levels of spending.
posted on 11/04/2002 2:09:12 PM PST
3 reasons, stealing from the utterly insipid Babs "I'm a Loser" Streisand:
1. The Supreme Court
2. The Supreme Court
3. The Supreme Court
I'm happily a
To: Mojo; grantswank; blackie; My back yard; Lady In Blue; TheEaglehasLanded; cookcounty; Pippin; ...
I voted already, straight Republican down the line.
I voted because:
1. I am an optimist, and think my vote counts for something.
2. It is my responsibility to be an informed voter as payment for the privilege of living in this great country.
3. I can't stand the noise that comes out of the mouths of Dems and would do anything legal to just shut them up.
4. More seriously, I understand (even more so since 2000) that this is a fragile republic in need of my personal support and care. This country is my family and I need to exercise good judgment in dealing with its problems (not just take the easy route and let "a village" deal with it)and give room for the growth and opportunity of the bright minds that I know are out there.
5. I am pro-life, ALL life.
To: backhoe; MoJo2001; Aeronaut; AntiJen; Kathy in Alaska; bentfeather; skraeling; WestViking; ...
I live in Bobby Scott's district in Virginia. Like the last time around, I will be writing in Clarence Thomas. (MoJo thinks one respectable black man should have a vote casted in his favor)
I will be voting "NO" on the tax increase that they want to do in Virginia to help "alleviate" traffic issues. Well, if you allow them to tax you on this thing..they won't stop. Stop it now!!
I will also be voting for Republicans whenever I can. Although, those are few and far between in my neck of the woods. That's for sure!!
posted on 11/04/2002 2:42:38 PM PST
and bump...Judge appointments
posted on 11/04/2002 2:57:08 PM PST
It is my duty and privilege to vote. Freedom is hard won and hard to maintain
I live in a community that is Social Democrat and Green. There are some of us who disagree with these platforms.
I will vote for any Republican on the roster, except for the rhino who represents my district.
If I don't like who is representing me the vote is the hire, fire way it's done here in America.
God Bless America!
I voted over a week ago for all Republicans !!
It's appropriate to vote for Republicans !!
Down With The Left !!
Up With The Right !!
Vote For Republicans !!
GWB Is The Man !!
Death To all Muslim Extremist's !!
The RATS Are In Disarray...Eradicate The Rodents !!
Fire Democrats, Hire Republicans !!
The Second Amendment...
America's Original Homeland Security !!
Freedom Is Worth Fighting For !!
Let's Roll !!
Molon Labe !!
posted on 11/04/2002 4:21:37 PM PST
I vote because it is my chance to influence our government and society.
Even if I vote for a candidate who doesn't have a chance of winning, enough of those votes would have an influence if more people would vote. In the 2000 election, Karl Rove expected 19 million religious conservatives to support President Bush, but only 15 million actually cast those votes. The combined total for Pat Buchanan and Howard Philips was much less than half a million. Where did the other 3.5 million go? I can only assume that they didn't vote or that some even voted for Algore. I think both of those strategies are counterproductive. If those 3.5 million voters had voted for Mr. Buchanan or Mr. Philips, it would have been a huge story. If even a thousand or so were in Florida and had voted for Algore, their voting for Mr. Buchanan would have prevented the recount debacle and made the strong conservative showing the biggest story of the election. I rarely cast a true protest vote, but even when I do, I see it as important.
Typically, I vote Republican. I've voted for a few independents and third party candidates. In some local races, I've voted for Democrats, particularly when party is not shown on the ballot.
Tomorrow, I'm voting for Republicans in our US House and US Senate races. I haven't found anything that says that we have a state legislative race. I'm voting for a Republican district judge candidate, but I don't think the ballot will show party in that race.
posted on 11/04/2002 4:32:39 PM PST
My reasons to vote
I am a conservative, and I support President Bush. But most important to me is getting rid of the liberal agenda. I am alarmed at the extreme changes for the worse, that have developed because of the Clinton-Gore corrupt administration.
posted on 11/04/2002 7:03:03 PM PST
Hopefully, tomorrow there will be enough Conservative voters to vote in the Conservatives that are running for office in our Republic.
"Even if I vote for a candidate who doesn't have a chance of winning --- ." This is a very tough concept for many voters to accept.
Have you found it difficult to convince your friends to vote even if the candidate will probably lose?
Yours is a difficult choice: a crook or a RINO? You are not alone in that dilemma.
To: rintense; ConservaChick
"Voting gives me the right to complain." was listed by both of you. Would you agree that voting is the ONLY complaint that politicians really listen to?
Voting is a responsibility, not voting is not an option.
I will vote straight Republican, I am on the Campaign Committee of the Republican Candidate for Governor, and have done what I could to help the candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, and Atty General. With one exception the Repbulicans on the ballot here are all good. The exception is my state rep, he is to the left of most Democrats. That line will be left blank.
I will vote no on all initiatives, because they are all bad, especially the Soros funded ones.
posted on 11/04/2002 7:57:29 PM PST
by c-b 1
To: newzjunkey; Howlin
It is all well and good to vote a straight GOP ticket. How should the RINOS on the ballot be dealt with? RINOS get into office as Republicans, but they later on vote with the democrats.
Actually, it did make me smile to picture all of us tomorrow, holding our collective noses and voting for the RINOs, idiots and malcontents that litter the campaign trail.
To: c-b 1
"That line will be left blank." That blank line will be a duly cast ABSTAIN vote. That vote will not be counted. Only in the U.S. Congress are ABSTAIN votes counted. As in Europe, elected U.S. officials have more rights than those who elect them.
To be more precise, your ABSTAIN vote might be reported in a newspaper as a "machine error" or due to "voter confusion."
"Judge appointments." Would you mind expanding on that topic a little?
I see the ad, but what are your reasons for voting?
I share your vision, but with less than 50 percent of the voter age population taking the opportunity to vote, our Republic elects officials with only a 25 percent vote total of the voter age population. Witness the two sick willy National Elections.
You seem to have high hopes for the ones that you vote for. I hope that, after the election, that they do not compromise away what they promised to do while campaigning for your vote.
This is how you deal with them: you vote for them because they are NOT Democrats. And you pray for the best. You pray that once they are in office and WE HAVE CONTROL OF THE SENATE, they'll fall into line.
That's the best we can do -- unless you're prepared to let the Democrats destroy this country, which is EXACTLY what they have in mind.
posted on 11/04/2002 8:19:53 PM PST
"How should the RINOS on the ballot be dealt with?"
For the US Senate, this time anyway, vote for a RINO because they will cast one important vote that they will get right - that for Senate Majority Leader.
For the other races, vote your conscience, but remember that a RINO is better than a DINO (e.g. a Hillary Clinton or Paul Wellstone Communist/Socialist masquerading as a Rat). All the -INOs are to the left of their alleged party.
posted on 11/04/2002 8:19:57 PM PST
Any ideas on how to apply pressure to these RINOS after the election?
"they'll fall in line" is a bit vague. Would you mind expanding on how that will be done? Or, perhaps, a better way to convert RINOS into Republicans?
Honestly, I have no idea. I don't know where you live, but I live in Fairfield County Connecticut, in one of the northernmost towns.
We've basically been invaded. All of the yuppie idiots from down county have come up here because the housing values have gone sky high, and they can no longer afford to live there. Meanwhile, all of the even bigger liberal yuppie idiots are flowing in from NY and NJ, trying to escape the taxes.
As a result, my taxes have gone sky high, and the liberals have a lock on the local governments.
RINOs abound, and I honestly don't think it's winnable. I plan to move. I'm just waiting for my grandparents to pass away (most likely in the next few years), and I'll be out of here so fast they won't even see me.
We've been looking at Texas, Nevada, Colorado and other Western states, and that's where we're going. I want to be with my own kind. These people grow tiresome quickly, though they do amuse me at times.
My Dad was the librarian in the next town over (he quit), and he got sick of the NY and NJ transplants moving in for the lower taxes, demanding more services and schools and everything else they have there, then bitching about their taxes. I witnessed this a few times, and I really pissed people off because I would burst out laughing and walk away.
Excellent point: vote to regain control of the Senate.
We are back to the numbers game. It takes only one in four of the voter age population to win an election. Since you have lived there a long time, would you be able to win an election, if you ran for public office? If so, stay and fight!
Creeping Socialism is coming in from both Coasts! You are not alone!
Have you found it difficult to convince your friends to vote even if the candidate will probably lose?
Actually, many of my friends avoid bringing up the topic of politics with me, so I rarely find myself trying to make this pitch in person. I would also say that most of my friends are people who are going to vote anyway, so my challenge is influencing their votes as opposed to asking them to vote.
Rather than trying to persuade someone to vote in this situation, I will generally try to persuade them to vote in other races. If someone can't support my candidate (or any candidate) at the top of the ballot, I'll try to lead them towards voting for candidates I like in other races. Another problem with the "I don't like top of the ticket, so I won't vote" attitude is that we lose conservative votes across the ballot. If someone won't vote in any federal race because he doesn't like any of the candidates but I can persuade him to support my candidate in the state legislative race, then I still feel that I have achieved a small victory.
This year in particular, it is important to get every vote tomorrow. I'm voting for Tony Perkins in the Louisiana US Senate race, and most pundits probably say that he doesn't have a chance. Maybe he won't win, but every vote that he gets is another vote that keeps Mary Landrieu from winning the seat on the first ballot. Likewise, even when someone expresses a preference for one of the other Republican candidates, I encourage him to be certain to vote because we need all GOP votes to force a runoff.
posted on 11/04/2002 8:40:27 PM PST
By your reply, I am guessing that Bobby Scott is running unapposed. Am I correct?
Yes, I do mind expanding. I know you know what I'm talking about and I'm not playing that game tonight.
Vote for whoever you want, but don't ask me to justify my vote to you. If you don't vote for the Republican Party, you can sit and your computer and tell the rest of us what a purist you are. And you can explain to us how your vote against a candidate YOU judge not to be conservative enough didn't leave Tom Daschle in charge.
posted on 11/04/2002 8:48:36 PM PST
Thanks for replying back to my question on convincing friends. You make excellent sense in that you encourage them to vote in other races. My concern is that so few of us vote that we will end up with a Republic of the idiots, by the idiots, and for the idiots!
I really like the Louisiana Rule: Unless one candidate get more than 50 percent, there will be a runoff election. Did I state that correctly?
There is no game here. I am posting this so that the undecided, lurkers and the indifferent might be inspired to vote tomorrow for the good of our Republic.
I chose my ping list carefully, and as you can see they are some of the best minds on FR. THEIR compelling comments are what I seek so that the Conservative voter base will expand tomorrow. And that is why I asked you to expand your comments: for the benefit of the undecided.
I apologize if my comments have offended you, in any way. I can assure you that such was not my intent to you or anyone else on this thread. My intent is as stated above.
Voting is not only a right, it's our responsibility as a people who live in a democratic "Republic". We have government through "representation" and those who represent us are "VOTED" into office, who in turn elect like minded people under them. If the vast majority of the people didn't vote, then that representative gov't of, by, and for the people will not exist. It will be gov't of, by and for the "few" who took the responsibility to go out and vote. If less & less people go out to vote, then just a small % of the population will control the destiny of this nation. When those who have been elected see this, they will know that they can do anything they want because the "people" don't care about what gov't is doing, and we could end up with a Socialist Gov't... In fact, it's already heading in that direction even as I write.
"FOR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY TO BE LOST ONLY TAKES GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING!
I vote because: I cannot face my Maker as say that I care about abortion, homosexuality, pornography, evolution, the removal of the 10 Commandments and the Bible from our pub(l)ic schools, the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish bigotry which the left-wing liberals are promoting and making it look like such things are a "choice" rather than the "abomination" that the Bible calls them, and then tell Him that I didn't bother to vote for people who want to return this nation back to the moral prnciples that this nation was founded on. I can't say I had good intentions, and I believed in the moral principles of the Bible and practice them as best I can, but will not lift a finger to change America toward a more moral gov't. Especially when I also believe that "good intentions" are the stepping stones to HELL.
I also believe that if the majority of the people of America, through the election of liberals in gov't and therefore the leadership of both Houses of Congress, and thus the Supreme Court, raises their hands to God Almighty and thrust their middle finger up at Him by electing leaders who believe the exact opposite of what the Bible says, then America will not be America any longer. She was protected by The Almighty and blessed by Him, but His hand of blessing and protection will be removed, and then what happened on 9-11-01 will look lik a picnic in comparison to what will take place in America, because Satan will be let loose to do as he pleases to the people and to the land called the United States of America. In my apathy, by not voting, I too would be, in essence raising my hand to God and saying to Him, "I don't know & I don't care", whatever Lord, whatever." I believe 9-11 was a warning to America to "wake-up" from our complacency and rebellion against The Almighty and turn from our wicked ways, or God will turn His Back on America, as He did Israel because Israel refused to repent. Of course, because of the covenant that God made with Abraham, he could not utterly destroy Israel off the face of the planet. That covenant was restated to all Abrahams descendents. He promised that Israel would be a nation forever, and that King David would be their King forever.
THERE IS NO SUCH COVENANT WITH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!
posted on 11/04/2002 9:12:39 PM PST
Yeah, I know what you're saying...I've thought about running for office, and I might. Just not here. In fact, I thought about primarying Christopher Shays. I (or another conservative) could probably beat him.
We'd get slaughtered in the general election, but he would be gone, which would almost make it worth the bulls--t.
I may just run. But it won't be around here.
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