Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Voter turnout and the Mid-Terms

More proof that you get what you vote for, or in this case, don't vote for.

Voter turnout among the eligible population was pretty piss poor. Especially in Texas. Texas tied for next to last place with Utah at 32.2% of the eligible population voting. (New York was the big loser at 32.1%) What does this mean? Well, for me in Texas, it means that just shy of 5 million people voted and determined who was going to lead, in this case straight to hell, our state.

Out of 15.4 million people who could've voted only 4.9 million did. Those other 10.5 million of my fellow Texans? They are the ones to blame for the fiasco that was the mid-term election this month.

Democrats in Texas, I have only one thing to say to you:

Get off your asses and vote!

You'll never know if you could've made a difference in this election because you stayed home. You made a difference in my district in 2008 but because you couldn't be bothered this go round our incumbent DEMOCRAT in the state legislature lost to someone whose only policy ads were about education (cause his wife teaches special ed) and whose attack ads claimed Maldanado was a no-show to most of her committee meetings. And for God's sake Williamson County, can you not get behind someone, anyone, to run against John Carter? I mean it's just a travesty that this ass hat runs unopposed. I want the freaking choice to vote against the walking pimple on the arsehole of humanity but you're not giving me the chance.

As for all those idiots who voted for Rick Perry, you've let the ideologues continue their rampage through our state. We may have managed to defeat the far-right Don McLeroy and Cynthia Dunbar in the primaries for State Board of Education elections, but we left 5 members of their "coalition" on the board and kicked out Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, R-Dallas; Rick Agosto, D-San Antonio; and Rene Nuñez, D-El Paso, who voted in opposition to the coalition. Those who replace them are unknowns at this point but for at least one - Carlos Garza, who defeated Nuñez, the signs are not good. He's been quoted thusly:
“Creationism I believe is true. I believe there should be a good mix. I think what the board did was bring in a mix.”
So, those Dems who stayed home? You could've saved Nuñez, but you didn't. You could've ended the reign of Governor Big Hair, but you didn't. You could've saved Maldanado, but you didn't.

The one thing that the average American can do to affect this nation, over two thirds of my fellow Texans couldn't be bothered to do. Seriously, it's the only benefit of citizenship that allows you a voice, but you prefer to remain silent. Until after the election, when you can complain to pollsters, co-workers and you mom about how the country is going to hell in a handbasket.

Well, my friend, you helped put her there.

h/t to Joe.My.God who started this morning's journey into vitriol. Way to go, Joe.


Pseudo said...

I am sorry; this really stinks.

I am proud to say that Hawaii voted in a new Democratic governor who won despite horrendous negative ads paid for by the national Republicans.

Same for the two Dems we put in the House.

LeftLeaningLady said...

I want to say something kind and wise. But I now have Governor No Hair, who loves him momma. And Steve "Your Uterus Is MY Uterus" Southerland as my Representative in Congress. Hell, I guess I can be happy that Florida put a Cuban-American in the Senate... except he is 100% Catholic and loves the fact that the little woman can stay home and take care of the ever growing family.

Let's go to Hawaii.

True Blue Texan said...

I agree, LLL, let's go to Hawaii. sigh Someday.

Though if Palin or some other right-wing whack job gets elected in 2012, we're putting in for a transfer to the UK office. I don't care if it's in the arse end of England and two hours from anything exciting. It will be better than America at that point.

Nance said...

I am moving to England with you, in the unmentionable event that you've mentioned here.

This is a mighty post! So many of the unvoters are young folks and it is never clear whether we, their elders, do better to kick their butts or woo their involvement. Like most adults, I'll probably hedge my bets and do some of both.