Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Just Encountered a Non-Voter

Posted by on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

  • barackobama.com

...it was someone I've known for a long time.

"Hey! How's it going? Have you voted yet?" I said.

"I'm not voting. I'm just really burnt out on the whole political process," they said.

"Oh," I said, weakly. "I'm really sorry to hear that." And the person was gone.

I've never been good with a snappy comeback, but this is a new low. I think it's lower than the time I was getting mugged and eventually yelled, weakly, "Let go of me!" But at least I hit that person as hard as I could. Now I just keep thinking of all the things I could've said, e.g., "You're too burnt out to fill in a circle with a pen so we don't have a goddamn monster running the country?" Et cetera. Et cetera. Et cetera.

I am now doing penance via last-minute phone banking for Obama. It is really easy to sign up—click on #3 over here.


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yucca flower 38
Arizona went to Romney because they did their damnedest to disenfranchise the democrat voters. Hispanic voters told wrong place and times to vote, provisional ballots not available, early voters (which gave Obama a huge lead) counted as provisional ballots (which aren't usually counted at all). Arizona might not have gone blue entirely but it would be very, very purple.

Eff non voters. They're just lazy or chicken sh*t and don't want to admit they hate both candidates.
Posted by yucca flower on November 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM · Report this
@1/7/15: I don't have their phone number, and they're not on Facebook. I CHOKED, I gotta live with it.

@35: That's pretty great... if only I'd had it at the time.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on November 6, 2012 at 5:50 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 36
don't vote? don't bitch.
Posted by Max Solomon on November 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM · Report this
I too am bad with instant snappy comebacks. Here's one: http://yourexcusesucks.com/
Posted by Jiji on November 6, 2012 at 3:35 PM · Report this
Fnarf 34
@21, I can't listen to podcasts. Really. I get up and walk away after fifteen seconds. I can't help but think, "god, get to the point, TALK FASTER". I'm texty that way. Write it down, then I'll look at it.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
Geni 33
I get so tired of people's manufactured cynicism about the political process. People seem to think it makes them sound sophisticated, rather than abysmally ignorant. If you don't like the current political situation, get involved and work to change it. The world is run by those who show up.
Posted by Geni on November 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 32
What is "The whole political process"? Talking? Voting? doing some reading? Is that the WHOLE political process? Good gracious it sounds like the person has been going 24/7 for the last 18 months with no break to be "really burnt out..." I can only conclude the person has done more than 1000 volunteers combined. OR that person is a lazy piece of work. Must be a member of the 1%. The "I got mine you can fuck off" set.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM · Report this
@10. you need therapy.
Posted by ng53 on November 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
@17, I was on the fence regarding voting for just that reason. Unfortunately, I'm uselessly idealistic and I don't believe in even dignifying the concept that government should have any say in the love of consenting adults.
Posted by Non-apathetic Non-voter on November 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
if the person in question were a republican, would you all have the same response?
Posted by ian on November 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
I certainly vote but either way we'll have a monster running the country. Death lists? Seriously? All monsters have death lists.
Posted by cdb on November 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Posted by sgt_doom on November 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 26
"My back is spineless. My belly is yellow..."
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on November 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM · Report this
Dio you have that person's phone number? Michael Moore will personally call him/her
Posted by melicious_dish on November 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 24
I bet they vote for American Idol
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 23
Podcasts rule. Plus, you can rewind them.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
There is no such thing as "thoughtfully disengaged in the system." Some people like to justify their denial of reality by claiming they're too smart to be fooled, but the only part of the system from which they're "disengaged" is the part where they get to have input.
Posted by Proteus on November 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 21
@16 Ha! So am I. But I wasn't actually suggesting you travel back in time and listen to last week's radio broadcast. I recommend the podcast.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 20
Troll please. Here's a newsflash for you: EVERY PRESIDENT HAS DONE HORRIBLE THINGS! That, unfortunately, comes with the job of being the leader of an empire the size of ours. If you want to be honest, even the Mayor of a small town has to do the occasional bastardy thing.

If you feel that you cannot vote for anyone other than some dreary mirror image of yourself, that is your personality flaw - just write yourself in, or find some third party candidate that matches your "values", and vote for him/her. But the election is not just some dumb reality show where you vote for your favorite star. There's lots of other important things to vote on.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on November 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
The correct response(s) would be: You are an idiot. You have no excuse. Are you an American? Fuck you. Then move to a country where the political system won't burn you out because no one is allowed to criticize the government.
Posted by Bugnroolet on November 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
Posted by I did vote tho on November 6, 2012 at 1:40 PM · Report this
@10, please see @7. The presidency is not the only thing at stake. I have no sympathy when you abstain from helping your fellow community members secure what the rights they deserve.
Posted by Vote anyway! on November 6, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
Fnarf 16
@9, I'm just really burnt out on the whole radio-listening process.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM · Report this
Michael Moore posted to his facebook that if you send him the number of someone who is not voting he will personally call or text them today.
Posted by JenV on November 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM · Report this
Packeteer 14
Was this person Goldy?
Posted by Packeteer on November 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
2 of my coworkers aren't voting, and I'm pissed about it. We definitely told them we didn't care if they voted for people, but there are life changing referendums that they support, and still won't vote. Infuriating.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on November 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Fistique 12
Presumably they mean "I'm burnt out on people acting like I'm a crazy moron when I tell them I decided not to know anything about the political class which controls my society because it was upsetting to read about."
Posted by Fistique on November 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
biffp 11
Pooping is so yesterday. I'm not fucking do that anymore.
Posted by biffp on November 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
I'm afraid that, from bombing innocents in Pakistan to increasing economic inequality, President Obama has done some monstrous things himself. Governor Romney certainly wouldn't be better. And that's precisely the problem.

Please, have some sympathy for non-voters. It's not always because we don't care.

Posted by Non-apathetic Non-voter on November 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 9
@7 I think you need to listen to last week's This American Life.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
Not voting is stupid, and stupid people shouldn't vote.
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on November 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Fnarf 7
Obama doesn't matter; he's going to win Washington no matter what anybody does. BUT WHAT ABOUT R-74? You're "too burnt out" to care if your friends and neighbors have civil rights or not? How in hell does THAT happen?

You need to tell your friend to fuck off, you're never talking to them again if he doesn't vote. THAT is your phone banking: call your friend and MAKE HIM FUCKING VOTE. Break his fucking windows if you have to to get his attention.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM · Report this
It's worth thinking about the fact that a lot of people are thoughtfully disengaged in the system. When your only two legitimate options are both corporate-influenced warmongers it can be hard for someone who's a true leftist/progressive to want to vote for any candidates. However, that's not really a good excuse for not voting on initiatives/referendums etc. People can write 'abstain' or something similar in the write-in section for offices where they can't in good conscience vote for any of the available candidates. /2 cents
Posted by muffin on November 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Aurophobia 5
Or, you can come the Washington United for Marriage Action Center (517 E Pike) to canvas. You can also make calls to voters who haven't gotten their ballots in by going to the Washington Bus (1100 E Union St #1E) or to the first floor of The Westin downtown.

Obama is very likely to win but we can't say the same for approving Ref. 74. We can use every bit of help we can get!
Posted by Aurophobia on November 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Report this
That person is an idiot.

It's like saying: "I'm burt out on this whole metabolizing oxygen process."

What planet do they live on that they are not effect by government policies?

Elections MATTER.

Way too many people in this country are entitled little twats who want everybody else to do all the heavy lifting for them. Including being "burnt out" deciding on our leaders.

The misconception is that presidential elections are about high ideals. They're not. It's about the dull, inefficient, and thankless work of crafting policy - bit by bit. Incremental changes that take decades to effect.

And unfortunately only days to undue.

And what we are against is the scorched earth tactics of the GOP that want to undue literally every piece of legislation that makes this country livable for non millionaires.

Just vote you idiots.
Posted by tkc on November 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Why do you care if he votes or not? Washington is 100% Hussein anyway, no amount of your friend non-voting is going to change that.
Posted by DennisN on November 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Cook 2
if this were facebook, i'd like that comment above me. but good on you, bethany, for making some GOTV calls now!
Posted by Cook on November 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 1
Here's a crazy idea. Do you know their phone number?
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 6, 2012 at 1:01 PM · Report this

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