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Cross-posted from "News from the Front".

Warning: Language gets rough after the jump.

For the last few days I’ve been busting my balls trying to write a long and complicated blog post trying to convince people that they need to get off their asses and vote this year. But you know something? The whole thing can be summed up in one phrase.

You know the problems you have with Obama?  The Republicans ain’t going to fix that!

You think Obama’s unmanned Drone Killing program is an abomination and flies in the face of the notions of Due Process? I agree with you.  But guess what?

The Republicans ain’t going to fix that!

You knows who gets the keys to those drones?  Mitt Romney!
I barely trust Obama with this program.  And when I say “barely” I mean the slender thread that is the belief that he is deep down a decent human being.   As opposed to Romney who seems to have put his empathy into a blind trust.
(Not to mention the fact that Romney has surrounded himself members of George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Team! Like those eight years needed a sequel.)  You unhappy with how Obama has been handling the Economy?

The Republicans ain’t going to fix that!

Romney put Paul Ryan in the second slot.  The same Paul Ryan who wrote a budget guaranteed to turn Medicare into a voucher system, privatize Social Security and generally punch poor and Middle Class people in the nuts. You unhappy with how Obama been handling energy policy?

The Republicans ain’t going to fix that!

Romney is going in full with a program to make sure we get and burn every last drop of that dirty, dinosaur juice and damn the carbon count!
You see where I’m going with this? No matter what problems  have with Obama, they are not going to be fixed by letting the GOP back in charge.
Does this mean that a Obama second term is going to be all lollipops and blow jobs?  No.  But a second Obama term with a Democratic led Congress and a Senate that undergoes substantial filibuster reform has more of a shot of getting shit done then the configuration we have now.
Right now, we are on the sixth floor a burning building and we can either get burned to death (Romney.) or we jump out the window. (Obama.)
We still have to worry about hitting the street but at least we’re not on fire.

My reason for this sudden rant.  This article from USA Today from a few days back.

A nationwide USA Today/Suffolk University Poll of people who are eligible to vote but aren’t likely to do so finds that these stay-at-home Americans back Obama’s re-election over Republican Mitt Romney by more than 2-to-1. Two-thirds of them say they are registered to vote. Eight in 10 say the government plays an important role in their lives.

Even so, they cite a range of reasons for declaring they won’t vote or saying the odds are no better than 50-50 that they will: They’re too busy. They aren’t excited about either candidate. Their vote doesn’t really matter. And nothing ever gets done, anyway.

“I don’t think Obama helped us as much as he promised,” says John Harrington, 52, a heavy-equipment operator from Farmington, Minn. Since 2008, when Harrington voted for Obama, the financial downturn has forced him to sell his home in Arizona, move to Minnesota to be near a daughter and put him on the road to Nebraska, North Dakota and Iowa to find work.

His wife “loves” Obama and is sure to vote in November, but he’s not certain whether he’ll get there this time.

This year, perhaps 90 million eligible Americans won’t vote, said Curtis Gans, director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of the American Electorate.

“The long-term trend tends to be awful,” Gans says. “There’s a lot of lack of trust in our leaders, a lack of positive feelings about political institutions, a lack of quality education for large segments of the public, a lack of civic education, the fragmenting effects of waves of communications technology, the cynicism of the coverage of politics — I could go on with a long litany.”

And you know what I say to those people?  Fuck you!
Yes. Seriously.  Fuck you!
I’m sorry but I have reached the age where I am fed up with people whining and bitching. “Ooh, ooh, my vote doesn’t count”. Well yeah, dumbass.  It doesn’t count if you don’t cast it! Self fulfilling prophecy, duh!
And if I hear you bitch that voting is too hard, may I remind you that this past year in the Middle East, tens of thousands of people fought and bled for the same right that you are prepared to toss aside like a used Starbucks cup.  If these people can handle facing down tanks, guns and men on the backs of camels, you can wait on-line for a few hours in a school cafeteria.
(Sidebar: Yes, I am aware of the number of restrictions that certain states have put on voting rights.  But all that means is that you need to make extra efforts in your area to make sure your vote counts. Contact the office of your area’s Secretary of State to get all the details on this year’s ballot. If you’re concerned you’re being disenfranchised, then contact the ACLU.)
You don’t want to vote because things never change? Fuck you! In 2009, we got Health Care Reform.  The bill isn’t perfect but damn it, we finally got something on the board!  And it’s something we can build on and finesse.
You don’t vote because both parties are the same. Fuck you, you’re just not paying attention right now!
There is no such thing as two opposing candidates who are exactly the same. Even if neither person is an exemplary example of humanity, you can still find something to break the tie.  Remember that “South Park” episode where the kids had to choose as a school mascot either a Turd Sandwich or a Giant Douche?
Giant Douche. Because at least he can clean giant things and therefore serves a purpose.
You’re welcome!
You call it going for the lesser of two evils.  I call it playing the percentages!
Progress is not something that just comes. You have to fight for every single inch.
I mean, my God, reproductive rights are back on the table!  I thought we had that shit locked down in the seventies! Instead, they’re starting to split hairs on Rape!
Is our side trying to suppress the vote?  Is our side blocking new job bills?  Is our side trying to get us into a shooting war with Iran? (And don’t throw Lieberman at me for the last one. That man hasn’t been a real Democrat for years.)
We are not perfect but at least we are trying to make shit work!

Let me make this clear.  You ninety million who say you’re not going to vote this year are as big a problem as “Citizens United”.  No, scratch that. Bigger!
Because your numbers can overcome “Citizens United”!  Your apathy can’t.
I understand that with all that’s going on right now, the first reaction is “Fuck this bullshit”.
Except that this year, if things don’t break our way, the bullshit will most assuredly fuck us!


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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

    by TheRagingCelt on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 07:29:11 PM PDT

  •  Can't vote; not American (7+ / 0-)

    I'm from the Philippines so I can't vote, but I do hope that Americans who can vote, do vote, and vote for Obama, please.

  •  Beautifully said! (5+ / 0-)

    "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

    by Chi on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 07:51:52 PM PDT

  •  Hard to get volunteers calling, voters excited (5+ / 0-)

    I live in a community up the west coast of Washington State from Seattle.  

    Finding volunteers who want to walk precincts or call is like pulling teeth and then you find that the people who are most likely to poor mouth Obama are - Democrats.  

    There are a range of opinions.  Some of them are of the impression that it is too late and the plutocrats have already won and that trying to win this election is chasing after the horse that has already left the barn.  

    Some of them are progressives who don't pay that much attention to what is going on and want to be left alone with their contemplation of nature or their art.   They don't think Obama has changed enough fast enough and are sure that he isn't worth turning out for.  So they may or may not.

    If Romney wins, the irony will be that it will be these folks who gave him the margin of victory.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 08:00:38 PM PDT

    •  Then the argument I made... (0+ / 0-)

      Is the argument you need to make.  If 2008 was about hope 2012 is about damage control.
      Admittedly it doesn't look good on a bumper sticker.  But still...

      "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

      by TheRagingCelt on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 08:11:37 PM PDT

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    •  that badmouthing comes from places like here where (3+ / 0-)

      there is a small but very LOUD group who attack everyone who supports obama and the adminstration.

      what those fools don't realize is that if romney gets into office along with more republicans in the house and the senate, they are the first to be sacrificed!

      •  Yup! (1+ / 0-)
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        That same group is largely responsible for generating the "enthusiasm gap" that cost us so badly in the 2010 midterms.

        Consider yourself tipped, because due to some recent site hypocrisy, I can't right now.

        "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

        by Whimsical on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 06:06:10 AM PDT

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        •  thank you - this "tip" is special and i will (0+ / 0-)

          treasure it!  8^)

          i did report it last nite - the callout for others to come into the diary and start a pie fight was atrocious - i'm hoping markos is around and will review that diary.  not good at this critical time in the election.

  •  Is There Some DLC or OFA Community That Believes (2+ / 0-)

    Daily Kos activists include millions of pouting liberals who need to be gob-smacked into ending some ongoing anti-Democratic-Party strike?

    The people who sit out election day aren't here. The historic defeat we took 2 years ago included a 40% drop in BLACK voters compared to 2008. This is not a Black-heavy forum. You have to go somewheres else to find and motivate them. Also the great Obama youth surge vote that crashed in 2010. They're mostly not here either.

    It's everyday, nonactivist people whose enthusiasm is made or killed by the combination of accomplishments and motivation created by elected Democrats.

    Seems like every 2 days I see one of these diaries;  you're onto an important idea, but it needs figuring out how to make it bear fruit. Exhortations here won't do it.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 08:06:18 PM PDT

    •  Just so you know... (3+ / 0-)

      I am neither DLC or OFA. (I don't think my language would pass the vetting.)
      And while I agree with you that Kos tends to attract the hardest of the hardcore, I also remember seeing a lot of dairies on the site in 2010 calling for "punishing the Demorcrats". (How many of them were written by actual Kossacks or by concern trolls is a legitimate subject for debate.)
      FWIW, I'm hoping that this dairy gets passed around by people who are still sitting on the fence.  And aside from my own personal blog, I don't have many other venues.

      "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

      by TheRagingCelt on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 08:27:05 PM PDT

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      •  Yup. (0+ / 0-)

        The lefty media was in large part responsible for the "enthusiasm gap" that hurt us so bad in 2010.

        Consider yourself tipped, because due to some site nonsense I currently cant do it.

        "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

        by Whimsical on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 06:20:11 AM PDT

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    •  No, people who sit out the elction arent here (0+ / 0-)

      People who spout the rhetoric that convinces others to sit out the election; however, most definitely are here and have been for quite some time.

      "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

      by Whimsical on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 06:07:25 AM PDT

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  •  I reached the age where when people say (2+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan, allenjo

    fuck you to me, I say fuck you back.

    "The Global War on Terror is a justification for U.S. Imperialism. It must be stopped."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 08:28:01 PM PDT

  •  it is a good argument (5+ / 0-)

    i know  a few who get all sanctimonious about not supporting Obama because of his connections to big money.
    Are you KIDDING ME?
    and yes the drone thing, and waaaa waaa aaaaa he hasn't done enough...
    i think these folks do this to get attention,  they need the drama to swill around them or they get cranky. i sure can't figure out any other rational reason. how you could look at this GOP  snot ball from hell party and whine about not being able to vote for Obama...
    if you don't like the guy himself ,think of all the horrid appointments Romney would make,..
    but offering positive reasons doesn't seem to work, so your argument makes sense, then again......i don't get it.. not now. last year maybe, not now.

    When I canvass, i really like the feisty 85-95 year olds who are mad as hell at the GOP, and have enough perspective to know why. i live in an aging district tho, i would love to see young voters get fired up. they need to. they really do. thanks for the diary

  •  thanks, i needed that rant tonite - after (1+ / 0-)
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    being called an "obamabot" for objecting to misleading and deliberate lies about hurricane isaac last nite and today, i was ready to go to bed with the puter turned OFF for the next few days.

    but your diary reminded me that if we ALL don't fight back against the great nothingness - apathy - ignorance - stupidity - or whatever the name that fits might be, then we will lose in november.


  •  Well ranted (1+ / 0-)
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    A good rant has its place and Lord knows when ya gotta vent ya gotta vent.

  •  Plus--Romney would ruin SCOTUS for a generation. (1+ / 0-)
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    Even if you have no other reason to vote, that one should propel you to the poll.  

    Corporate personhood, female non-personhood, shrinking civil rights for anybody who's not in the (pre-2000) mainstream, a cruel and unusual justice system--with even one more young neo-con Justice, those will be cemented in stone for years to come.

  •  So who will fix the problems with Obama? (1+ / 0-)
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    You know the problems you have with Obama?  The Republicans ain’t going to fix that!

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

    by allenjo on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 08:35:25 AM PDT

    •  We will. (0+ / 0-)

      Second term, we stick to Obama and the New Congress like an Alabama Tick.  We press the advantage to the breaking point.
      But we can't do that until we have the numbers!

      "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

      by TheRagingCelt on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 08:45:08 AM PDT

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      •  What advantage will we be pressing? (0+ / 0-)

        Money, votes, what?

        And if we have any leverage for change why haven't we been using it?

        "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

        by allenjo on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 09:02:47 AM PDT

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