Obama and Romney offer US voters election choice



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14 Jun 2012, 6:23 pm

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16 Jun 2012, 10:21 am

I've been voting for 40 years and I can't remember a more boring, incompetent, scary pair of candidates.



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16 Jun 2012, 1:08 pm

They aren't the only choices. Just because you feel the person you like isn't going to win doesn't make them a choice.


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16 Jun 2012, 1:21 pm

Oldout wrote:
I've been voting for 40 years and I can't remember a more boring, incompetent, scary pair of candidates.


Carter vs. Ford? Boring, but not scary.

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18 Jun 2012, 10:12 am

ruveyn -- at least we got got free entertainment with Billy. And beer.



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18 Jun 2012, 11:04 am

What choice? They're exactly the same.



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18 Jun 2012, 1:32 pm

Jacoby wrote:
What choice? They're exactly the same.


One isn't for gay marriage and one is open to it. Not like either will make a move about it next term. Don't you feel like you're getting distinct choices now? :roll:


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18 Jun 2012, 2:53 pm

There is no real choice. The only difference is one can do whatever he wants w/o fear because of term limits; the other must behave if he wants a second term.



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20 Jun 2012, 10:35 pm

thewhitrbbit wrote:
There is no real choice. The only difference is one can do whatever he wants w/o fear because of term limits; the other must behave if he wants a second term.


Perhaps you're forgetting that the current campaigner-in-chief does what he wants anyway regardless of whether he wants a second term.

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21 Jun 2012, 10:18 am

Longshanks -- since it's becoming apparent that most believe either will do what ever they want when elected, perhaps you could send the crown on your avatar to the winner. Thanks.



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21 Jun 2012, 11:01 am

Oldout wrote:
Longshanks -- since it's becoming apparent that most believe either will do what ever they want when elected, perhaps you could send the crown on your avatar to the winner. Thanks.


LOL!! !! ! :king: :lmao:

I'll give you 3 for that: 2 for the remark and one for the timing. Actually, I'm a little torn about that. I'm thinking a gold laurel wreath like they gave Caesar - or perhaps the Bicorn that Napoleon wore. What do you think?

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21 Jun 2012, 1:33 pm

Longshanks wrote:
LOL!! !! ! :king: :lmao:

I'll give you 3 for that: 2 for the remark and one for the timing. Actually, I'm a little torn about that. I'm thinking a gold laurel wreath like they gave Caesar - or perhaps the Bicorn that Napoleon wore. What do you think?

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If by Caesar you mean Gaius Julius Caesar the dictator, he was never given a gold laurel wreath--at least never as a decoration unique among Romans.

He was, of course, awarded a plain laurel wreath as were all triumphant generals.

Furthermore, he was awarded the corona civica which was a chaplet of plain oak leaves, which was granted to Roman citizens who had saved the life of another citizen by slaying an enemy on the spot.

He was never awarded the highest Roman honour, the corona graminea. And even if he had been, it would have been made from plant materials taken from the battlefield on which his actions had saved an entire legion or army.

The gold wreath is most likely of Etruscan origin, and survived into Rome not as a decoration for kings (Roman kings wore diadems of cloth), or triumphant leaders, but rather for curule magistrates, including quaestors aediles, praetors and consuls.


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22 Jun 2012, 10:27 am

Longshanks -- considering the two choices perhaps we could throw in a thrown, preferably one that is clogged and odorous.



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22 Jun 2012, 11:40 am

Why would anyone vote for either of them?


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22 Jun 2012, 2:23 pm

Sweetleaf wrote:
Why would anyone vote for either of them?


There are potentially two different questions inherent in what you ask.

Obviously, there are more than two choices for the voter holding the ballot, and a vote for another candidate's electors is a valid option for any voter. So if your question is intended to drive home the point that there are more than two candidates on the ballot this November, I wholeheartedly applaud it.

But the other question implicity in what you ask is, "why bother voting at all?" And this is a notion that I thoroughly reject. I hold voting to be an affirmative responsibility. I don't care what choice you make, but I care very much that you make a choice.

Going to the polling station and depositing a blank ballot, or a spoiled ballot is a valid exercise of a citizen's democratic right.
Sitting your ass down on the sofa on election day is lazy.

If you go to the polling station and scrawl, "you're all a bunch of jerks" on your ballot, I will be the first one to stand up and applaud you for doing it. But if you sit there and say, "I didn't bother voting because it won't make a difference," I will be the first one to condemn you for it.


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