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I don't mean to be insulting. I try to respect everyone regardless of their political or philosophical views, but how in the fuck are there still people who consider themselves "undecided" with regards to the presidential election.  I've been struggling to grasp this concept. Are they merely ashamed to identify themselves with one political party in particular? Have they not been paying attention to the news in any way whatsoever? Are they stupid?

For a long time undecided voters have been given some type of Socratic status, as though they are more intelligent with regards to their votes.  In all honesty, they either don't care or are just plain stupid.  How can you possibly be undecided when the party platforms are so drastically opposed to one another? I am not advocating for one party or the other, but to say now (in the most polarized society we've seen in a long time) that you are undecided seems like you are admitting that you have paid no attention to whats going on.

I am completely cognizant of the fact that a lot of people don't have the benefit of being able to follow the campaigns on a day to day basis. But please, this isn't just some election with politicians who are all the same.  This is an election which will shape the future of our country, our lives, and our childrens lives. Take the time to be informed and make a decision that you think best represents the values that you hold so dearly.  

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  •  Young voters, people in crisis, the uneducated (2+ / 0-)
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    chimene, OooSillyMe

    who prefer reality TV a la Honey Boo Boo, and people who believe it's none of pollsters damn business who they plan to vote for (my grandparents were among this group).

    Sadly, some of these people will vote. Many won't even bother.

  •  In my home town (2+ / 0-)
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    hardhatmama, OooSillyMe

    where loyal republicans live in large numbers undecided means they can't stomach the idea of voting for Romney and can't face the idea that leaves them one other viable choice.

    It is not Obama they are afraid of most are of the impression he is okay for a democrat...............Had he been a republican Mittens would have lost the primary.

    But we are also from a place where your secret ballot is just that it is considered rude to ask someone their political position. Undecided can also mean "none of your business"

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:24:40 PM PDT

  •  I would hate to see you MEANING to be insulting... (3+ / 0-)

    ...my experience is that undecided voters are, in fact, people who don't live and die politics like folks around here and are just trying to live their lives every day and claw out a living in this world.  My experience also suggests - because in my passionate youth I made the same mistake that you've made here (twice in two paragraphs) - that they have enough issues to deal every grinding, dirty day  and don't react well to suggestions that they are 'stupid' just because they don't have enough time or emotional reserves to deal with what essentially looks to them like a bunch of people making promises that they can't or won't keep...

    ...my experience is that the fastest, most efficient way to make all those "undecided" voters pick a side and evaporate that apparently upsetting component of the poll results is to stand on one side or the other of the line and shout and them that they're - just possibly - "stupid".  At least, that's my experience..

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:41:52 PM PDT

    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      BlueEyed In NC

      Some find politics to be a toxic subject and don't wish to be involved in it. They avoid watching any political shows, and, when they can, political commercials, which they continue an intrusion to their peace of mind. They feel they have other things to think about and to worry about, and generally distrust all politicians. If you try to talk politics to them, they shut down.

      There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

      by InsultComicDog on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:39:32 AM PDT

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  •  Because they're idiots (0+ / 0-)

    I am trying to be insulting.

    I've been insulted for being "partisan." But you know what? I vote Democratic because I know enough about the issues that affect me and the rest of the country to know that, in general (although not necessarily all the time), the Democratic Party's values are my values, and the party's priorities are my priorities. These so-called "independent voters" (which are pretty much a myth...only a very, very small percentage of voters are purely "independent") are apparently voting based on which candidate looks better, or which candidate delivers the wittiest one-liners at the debates. There's nothing Socratic about them. They're, by and large, dolts. Yet we partisan voters are the ones who are often demonized.

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:43:05 PM PDT

    •  And I'm talking about (0+ / 0-)

      the people who are actually "undecided." Obviously, the "undecided" category holds a diverse array of people who declare themselves "undecided" for different reasons.

      I have my doubts that one can genuinely be undecided and not be an idiot. An exception to that would be, say, a former Republican who is now "seeing the light" thanks to the disaster that is the Romney campaign.

      Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

      by Chrislove on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:55:59 PM PDT

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  •  There Are Very Few Undecided Voters After 4 (0+ / 0-)

    uninterrupted years of campaign 2012.  This is why Romney's in so tough a spot being only a few points back; there are even fewer undecided voters left to convince.

    There are far more who are undecided about showing up at all than there are undecided about which choice they'd make if they did.

    We need to get into all this deeper, bigger-picture stuff beginning Nov. 7th, because the way we've been approaching it the past 2 generations has been epic fail.

    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 Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:46:37 PM PDT

  •  What is the most frightening is the "undecided" (0+ / 0-)

    voters will in all likelihood decide the election.

     They are the least informed among us.  Those who might literally be dragged to the election booth, by a "decided" voter and have no idea what a ballot looks like or what it contained in it.  Those who never watch the news, never read an article, never discuss politics in any real meaningful way. Those who really believe so and so whom they ultimate will vote for...will somehow pay their bills, secure their guns, won't turn this country into a "Muslim" one or whatever other power they give to the guy who gets this esteemed vote.  

    The rest of us who take this right seriously will never, ever hold the power that they do and that is really a travesty!

  •  My theory: (0+ / 0-)

    They are lying.  They know who they'll vote for, the just won't say.

    VULTURE/VOUCHER 2012. FUCK YOU, MIDDLE CLASS!

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 09:35:55 PM PDT

    •  In some cases that is true (0+ / 0-)

      In some cases, even if they are still undecided, they are leaning one way or the other. They just don't want to commit to it yet in their minds, or maybe they don't want to say.

      Some "undecided" voters like the attention it gets them. They like being in the position to have everyone hanging on their vote, makes them feel important.

      There's smart, and there's K-mart smart. Sarah Palin is K-mart smart.

      by InsultComicDog on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:00:26 AM PDT

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