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SquirrelEStuff's avatar

Are you going to vote Democrat straight across the board?

Asked by SquirrelEStuff (9831points) June 20th, 2008

Sorry to get all personal and stuff, but since it seems like most people I’m running into are voting for Obama, are you gonna vote Democrat for all your elected officials?

I ask, because it seems most people think we live in a democracy. The founding fathers said a democracy was mob rule, where 51% of the people take away rights from the other 49%. Im wondering if that is going to happen.

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robmandu's avatar

Since when does “Democratic Party” == “Democracy, not Republic”?

playthebanjo's avatar


anything else would only encourage more of the same crappy government we have now.

paulc's avatar

I can’t vote because I’m not a citizen but if I could I probably wouldn’t vote Democrat (or Republican). Just look at how they passed through the domestic spying legislation today. Sheesh.

PupnTaco's avatar

If I do vote straight Democrat, how would that take away someone else’s rights?

Upward's avatar

Democrats tend to be more liberal and open to letting individuals live their lives as they see fit.

Republicans tend to make rules that infringe on peoples rights.
Usually using their interpretation of the Bible to justify their methods.
It’s worked for them so far, but I see signs of the wind shifting to a more live and let live world.

I may not vote straight Democrat, but I will be leaning that way as much as possible.

ketoneus's avatar

I’ll be voting in Texas, so I’m not sure if there will be a Democratic candidate in every race. If possible, then yes, I will vote straight Democrat.

playthebanjo's avatar

In places where there is not a democratic candidate, you should register as one. You might wake up the next morning being a state senator.

jrpowell's avatar

I doubt I will vote for all Demecracts. I know I will be voting for Obama. I’m not sure about how I will vote for state and local things. I can guarantee that I will not vote for any Republican. But I will take a look at candidates that are Greens or Socialists.

Standswithacane's avatar

just because the religious right has fastened itself to the republican party for purposes of advancing its own agenda doesn’t mean all traditional republican ideology is bad. I believe you owe it to yourself and others to get as educated as possible about your local and regional issues and candidates and vote for the best people according to you conscience. Change the current executive branch of government but be careful about voting a straight ticket one way or the other. Its easy to get on a ballot but it’s another thing to know what you are doing.

reed's avatar

I think by voting a straight ticket, be it Democratic or Republican, it abdicates your responsibility as a voter to research the individual and the positions held by the candidate. It really just says, “hey, I’m an ideologue and I can’t think for myself”. I vote for who I think is the best candidate, regardless of party affiliation. I’ve even done the write-in route a few times.

Standswithacane's avatar

well said Reed man!

playthebanjo's avatar

That sounds like a great idea, but in reality all you get is a lot of bickering. While you might research the candidates and vote for which one you think is best, they will most likely vote the way their party votes. I feel like if you vote from a general ideological standpoint you are more likely to get that ideology to make its way into the real world.

waterskier2007's avatar

living in a democracy does not have anything to do with democratic or republican party affiliation, wow

SquirrelEStuff's avatar


I believe it was Alexander Tytler that said, ” A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

“Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”

I feel all the problems going on right now, is because of too much federal government. They pass laws for everything. Every time someone dies or something happens, the government passes new laws. They give subsidies to all these big business companies. What we really need is more small business in this country. All universal health care is going to help in the long run, is the insurance, pharmaceutical, chemical, and food industry.

I think we need to take a couple steps back, look at what is causing all the problems, not just say we have a problem, lets fix it. Identify the problem, then solve it. This country is so azz backwards it depressing. MORE federal government is not the solution. Its the damn problem.

No one wants to talk about the real cause of terrorism, rising gas prices, rising food prices, rising everything except pay. If they do, the corporate and govt owned media will completely block them out.

You say we need to be independent from foreign oil? I say we need to be self sufficient. Not as a country, as a person, an individual. Don’t let our government let energy companies build solar plants. Those companies still own the power. We need solar panels and wind turbines for everyone. We need to learn about permaculture and grow and raise our own food. We dont need to give more control of food to govt. Look whats happening to it. Its not even food anymore. Its chemicals, hormones and preservatives. If you dont want that stuff in your food, you gotta pay extra for it. Google Monsanto Corporation.

I think the more complicated you make things, the harder the problem becomes to solve. This is what is happening. Like Einstein said,
“Our time is rich in inventive minds, the inventions of which could facilitate our lives considerably. We are crossing the seas by power and utilize power also in order to relieve humanity from all tiring muscular work. We have learned to fly and we are able to send messages and news without any difficulty over the entire world through electric waves.
However, the production and distribution of commodities is entirely unorganized so that everybody must live in fear of being eliminated from the economic cycle, in this way suffering for the want of everything. Furthermore, people living in different countries kill each other at irregular time intervals, so that also for this reason anyone who thinks about the future must live in fear and terror. This is due to the fact that the intelligence and character of the few who produce something valuable for the community.

I trust that posterity will read these statements with a feeling of proud and justified superiority.”

Let’s leave it up to the government to give us solar power. It’ll come from General Electric.

Standswithacane's avatar

there’s nothing to bicker about if you educate yourself and decide for yourself what is best. Your Perception of bickering may be another person’s constructive dialogue, like right now. I willsay this, however: after what we have seen from our present administration, I sense a hard and fast swing to the left. Perhaps it’s an exercise in physics… for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

playthebanjo's avatar

Perhaps I wasn’t clear. The bickering I was talking about is what happens after the folks we elect get into office. Then the party says to vote one way, the other party says to vote another and only someone who doesn’t mind burning future bridges will vote in a way contradictory to the party line. My point was that if, in general, your belief structure leans toward the democrats, vote democratic. That way there will be more democrats in the house/senate to pass/reject decisions that come before them. If you have the opportunity to vote in 2 people and you do a republican and a democrat much of the time you have cancelled out the effectiveness of your vote.

dland's avatar

I tend to vote for all Democratic candidates for because there is rarely, if ever, a viable alternative. Voting for Independents is pretty much throwing your vote away. Voting for a Republican, now that they seem to be required—by their own party—to be ridiculously narrow-minded religious righties, is to reject what I think is right for my community, my state and my country.

PupnTaco's avatar

@ Chris: sorry, I still don’t understand how me voting Democrat will take away your rights.

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

The democrats are promising that the govt will solve your problems.
If universal health care goes through, Ill be paying for healthcare for people that smoke, eat unhealthy, or live unhealthy lives. Im not saying that Im perfect, but I feel Im much healthier than alot of people. Im saying that the problem isnt that people dont have healthcare. The problem is that the insurance and pharmaceutical companies have taken over the industry. Our food is made up of stuff that is making us sick. Its the corporations and govt taking over the necessities of life and the dems arent going to do anything about that but feed into it by making everyone pay for it.

marinelife's avatar

I never vote straight anything. It does not make sense not to vote within the context of the specific race and issues.

@chris6137 Yes, isn’t that what happened in 2000?

jrpowell's avatar

Isn’t saying that “The democrats are promising that the govt will solve your problems.” a bit disingenuous? I haven’t heard a claim like that. Hyperbole doesn’t look good on you. And your Ron Paul pin still clashes with your trousers.

buster's avatar

No. Im voting for Obama. Pretty much because I want cheap insurance. I don’t have any. its expensive and im to poor the pay for it at this point in my life. I wish he liked guns though because i do. Oh well i need healthcare more. I don’t really know anything about other elections right now but i dont claim one side or the other. I pick who I believe will do the best. Im not some democrat or republican sheep. Even though im voting for Obama I think a lot of young people are saying Bush sucks! or Hooray Obama because its trendy. Not because they really care. A lot of them don’t really have any clue and haven’t really paid attention to the government their whole lives. Think for yourself. Question authority.

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