2000 presidential election

I Voted

I voted, even though I’m not in a swing state.

I voted, even though I’m just one person out of millions.

I voted, even though some of my votes involved tough compromises that I didn’t want to make.

When I was 19, I thought my vote didn’t matter. I knew more about math back then than I knew about politics. I voted then out of a sense of obligation but without any hope that my choices would have an impact.

Several years later, I watched 500 votes in Florida decide the 2000 presidential election, which resulted in 2 wars, a massive increase in the surveillance state, the worst recession in decades, a rollback of rights I had gained in the 90s, a massive increase in the wealth gap, 4 trillion dollars of debt, and a decrease in federal funding for projects like the one my mom works at (proactive health care for babies and their moms who are in poverty). Those choices did lasting, permanent harm to my country and to the people around me, as well as to people in distant countries who I will never meet. Harm that 8 years of a more liberal president have not managed to fully address, and that can never be erased.

I voted, because I know that someone else will decide not to vote.

I voted, because I saw what happened in 2000 and 2010.

I voted, because I saw what happened with Brexit.

There is no strategy here. There is no way in which not voting, or casting a protest vote, or spoiling a ballot has any positive impact on the world. Those choices may feel validating and righteous in the face of an imperfect political system, but those are just one person’s feelings. If everyone voting in 2000 had known what would happen in Afghanistan and Iraq, the votes likely would have gone very differently, because they would have had to take into account the feelings of all the people who were harmed by that.

We can’t see the future. All we can do is look at our options and our past to predict what the likely outcome in the future is. Here are some issues dear to me that are likely to be addressed by our next president and congress:

  • Appointment of Supreme Court justices, who will decide on cases like equal bathroom access and accurate gender on ID cards for Trans people, reproductive rights for women, whether or not SuperPACs can continue to exist, and whether voter ID laws and other restrictions are fair or are targeting people of color.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline and general respect for treaty rights.
  • How to address the increasing violence in the Middle East.
  • What to do about Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine, Syria, and elsewhere.
  • Climate change and energy initiatives.
  • Health care costs and access.
  • College costs and debt.
  • Our campus assault epidemic, as well as that of our military branches.
  • Minimum wage increases and fair, progressive taxing.
  • Retraining police and building community connections and trust to address the appalling police murders of black and/or mentally ill people.
  • Mental health care expansion and improvement.
  • ADA compliance, especially in schools and workplaces.
  • Public school funding and support for students who are struggling.
  • Election reform.

And many more. You can probably think of some issues that are dear to you. While I know a president can’t control all of that alone, I can say that a president wields a great deal of influence through their nominations and cabinet choices. It’s far better that you have a president and congress in your corner and willing to work toward a deal that gets some of the things you need or want than to have one that would shut down the government rather than work toward a livable compromise.

You know that time John Lewis staged a sit-in in the House and refused to move? He didn’t do that to shut down the government. He did that to force Paul Ryan to allow the House to vote on a bill that Paul Ryan was blocking so his colleagues could avoid losing face either to the public or the NRA. John Lewis sat down and refused to move until he got a vote. You don’t even have to do that. If you’re a citizen and 18 and registered, you already have a vote.

I voted. Will you?

The sour reality of this election is that, frankly, both candidates are awful. Both have done terrible things. And it sucks, it really sucks. But it’s important to know that voting for third party isn’t going to accomplish anything. A third party candidate will not win. Look at the 2000 presidential election. Look at the racist governor of Maine who only won with a 37% vote because of the divided democratic party.

That’s why you need to swallow your pride. If you agree with people like Bernie Sanders, then vote Democrat. Again, third party will not win. If you agree with Democratic ideas then your best shot is to vote for Clinton. And if voting for Clinton as a person bothers you that much then just look at is as voting for the party that you feel can better this country. Vote for your party, not the person. Personally, I do not like Hillary Clinton. I never have and I doubt that I ever will. But I’m voting Democrat because I don’t want Donald Trump to win.

Please don’t have the mindset of “Well I don’t want to be the one to blame when Clinton does x bad thing”. Because, ultimately, you are going to be the one to blame when Trump does the worst possible things imaginable to this country because you wasted your vote on a pointless protest vote.

Places like Tumblr often seem to have the mindset that “things will work in our favor if we whine enough”. Guess what? That’s not how life works. Sometimes life just sucks and there’s nothing you can do about it. This election is a prime example of that. It sucks. That’s just how life is. You have two choices. Not three. Not four. Not five. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is going to become president tomorrow and there is nothing you can do about it. So hold your nose and pick your poison.

the idea that Ralph Nader split the vote and lost Al Gore the 2000 election is a narrative created by the GOP to shift the blame for the undemocratic theft of the presidency away from the GOP-dominated supreme court and the Jeb Bush-led Republican government of Florida and towards a minor-league leftist ideologue

Ralph Nader did not cost Al Gore the election. Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election. He not only won the popular vote, he by all accounts actually won the electoral college, as well: had the Florida recount continued as was required by the state’s constitution, Gore almost certainly would have taken that state and the Presidency.

What costed Al Gore the election was not the fraction of a percent of votes he lost to Ralph Nader; what cost him the election was the illegal and undemocratic election tampering by Republican elements within the state and federal government.

so is the green canadian flag in steven universe an alt-history thing, like the massive hole in eurasia

who won WWII in steven universe. who won the 2000 US presidential election. do the beatles die in a different order on SU

I just don’t like the guy.
—  Former President George W. Bush, sharing his dislike for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), with donors during a private fundraiser in Denver, Colorado on October 18th. Cruz actually worked for Bush during the 2000 Presidential campaign and in various Bush Administration positions before returning to Texas to serve as Solicitor General of Texas.

I grew up in a conservative Christian home. And from kindergarten through 8th grade, I attended a conservative Christian school. One of the earliest political memories I have is the 2000 Presidential election, during which our entire school held a mock election with George W. Bush and Al Gore on the ballot. Out of the approximately 200 students in our school, only 1 voted for Al Gore, and he was sent to the principal’s office for a “discussion.”

I share this story to illustrate what I think is true for many Christians when they approach the ballot box: The dominant narrative and most important question is, “Who’s the Christian candidate?” which usually means, “Who’s the Republican candidate?”

A candidate like Bernie Sanders – who persuasively uses Scripture to deconstruct the ills of capitalism and income inequality in the United States – messes up the all-too-persistent narrative that Republican = Christian candidate. I find it refreshing, and a dialogue worth having.

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Does anyone know where this is from? Below is the YT description:

Published on Apr 18, 2011

Software programmer says US elections are rigged and that US Representatives tried to pay him to rig their election vote counts.

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Here’s the immortal section of Godzilla at World’s End where Marc Cerasini rakes Big Government and Bill Clinton over the coals for their inefficient response to a series of kaiju attacks, from the perspective of a businessman who runs a news station that prides itself on being fair and balanced.

I love that the postponement of the 2000 presidential election is presented as the gravest of the administration’s crimes. Yep, that one sure turned out to be a victory for democracy!

I honestly got so excited when I found out @ahzoka had no idea how ridiculous the 2000 US presidential election was I was like OH MAN WHERE DO I START god I’m such a nerd