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a few open letters

Dear the State of Michigan,

Wow. Don't think I'm going to forgive your for the civil rights hate just because you went for Kerry. I was all excited to see that even Kalamazoo County went in Kerry's column. And you're so cool with the mitten-shaped geography that can be represented with hands as maps. Not to mention the long standing anti-death penalty stance. These always made me feel a little bit of state pride, but really what's up with the big gay hate?

I mean, I'd be all for a complete marriage ban. Why not go all the way?

Disappointed in the Republic of Cascadia,

[ j ]

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Dear the Youth Vote,

Seriously. What the fuck was so important that nine out of ten of you couldn't stumble your way out to the polls yesterday?

Hoping you enjoy the inevitable draft,

[ j ]

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Dear the John Kerry Sincere Thank You Letter,

Thanks for ruining my plan to use time at the office to not be sad about the election. That part where you wrote, "I wish I could just wrap you in my arms and embrace each and every one of you individually all across the nation" is cheesy as hell, but I really think that we could all use a hug about now.

Best of luck back in the Senate. I hope you've prepared some interesting text to use for all the filibusters,

[ j ]

Comments

Dear the Youth Vote,

Seriously. What the fuck was so important that nine out of ten of you couldn't stumble your way out to the polls yesterday?

Hoping you enjoy the inevitable draft,

[ j ]


excuses i've heard:
- i didn't know where i was supposed to go. (are you r-e-t-a-r-d-e-d?)
- i was looking for a job. (from 8 am to 8 pm, right.)
Seriously, what they need to do is just declare Voting Day a national holiday. The vast majority of excuses I hear for not voting have to do with time. Those people saying they were "looking for jobs?" Yeah, you can't be calling companies/going to interviews when they're all gone on a national holiday. People would have an entire day to figure out where to vote and get off their asses and do it. And then they'd also have the rest of the day to volunteer, or just go mess around, or attend election parties.

I really don't see why they didn't institute this a long time ago because it makes sense for so many reasons. For all of the importance we place on voting and participating in the democratic process you'd think they'd want to facilitate that participation as much as possible.
Oh, yeah - Michigan's Gay Marriage ban was around 60% for 40% against, which was *at least* smaller than most states 75% or more. . .

But I agree 100%. No marriage for anyone.
Still, it's a sad day for the Great Lakes State when we're celebrating a 20% margin in the wrong direction. But I know what you mean. Even I, a great big liberal, find it hard to get fired up for anything to do with the whole marriage issue.

I just think it's silly that people care so much.

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( I think that Oregon was the closest -- and theirs was an amendment to allow rather than ban)

come on folks!

The polls are open 13 hours, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. And you can't find 1/2 an hour to vote? And you need the entire day off to vote? And if it were a national holiday, would you vote then--or go to the beach? I somehow don't that think time is the problem. Plus all the absentee and early voting options! What else might the excuse be? Because I just don't get it.


I'm with Joe and his machine. What are you going to do with it? I am saddened and sick of reading on my Governator's website each day about another 19 year old who has been killed in Iraq. Enough! Enough. Hey--Iraqi mothers and fathers, please heed the call. Don't stand in the doorways, don't block up the hall. Because if you don't help, no one can help you.

Re: come on folks!

I don't think that anyone needs the day off work, and think that in most states it isn't hard to get to the polls or to get an absentee ballot. But, I don't see anything wrong with making it a national holiday.

It would probably do a lot to help with getting qualified people to work the precincts and to help with get out the vote efforts.

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Though even if it were a holiday, there would still be people in service industries who would need to work. So, it wouldn't solve all the turnout problems, but I think it would be a nice gesture toward really encouraging voting.
Some guy on the West Wing tonight suggested a complete marriage ban. He was like, you don't condone my lifestyle, I don't condone yours. So there you go.
I actually watched the West Wing last night (desperate for fake government television again) and was thrilled to see someone advocating this position. Of course, it was portrayed in the context of an obstructionist nutcase, but I'll take what I can get!

I just think that the issue would be so much easier if the religious and civil aspects of "marriage" were separated.
Awesome!
I'm a big supporter of dumping marriage from government recognition.
I would have a lot more respect for it if we just separated the religious ceremonial marriage from the state-sanctioned civil union aspect of it. I think that it would completely resolve the issue, but really what do I know?

I'm not at all in touch with the mainstream.
I never realized how completely out of touch I was with people until Tuesday night when I saw that the gay marriage ban passed here. I was so sure it wouldn't pass, it never really entered my mind that it could. Fred was trying to convince us on Friday that it definitely would, but I thought he was being crazy. How could it possibly pass? I mean, almost every person I know voted no on it, the exception being a couple of assholes at work, but even most of the people at work who were talking about it planned to vote no. And even my 85-year-old grandma is for gay marriage, so I figured a slim majority must at least not be against it. It makes me cry that I'm surrounded by way more horrible, mean, ridiculous people than I ever imagined.

I should tell Jason that we can't get married now, in protest.
Hm . . . interesting idea. Not sure I can get behind it, but interesting. . .
I have a feeling he won't be able to get behind it either. ;-)
I should tell Jason that we can't get married now, in protest

This is a great policy.