Choices and consequences

As a former election judge in Austin during the 2000 General Election, I can state from my own observation that voters can be stupid. It was November. It was raining and the temperature was around 48-52. My poling place was an apartment complex office/club house. We had 200 people in the space wrapped around twice. It was taking over an hour to get people through the line. I locked the door at 7pm and announced to the room that the polls were closed and anyone outside the building was not allowed to vote. We got everyone voted and out by 8pm. About 8:30 a guy who I had seen leave the place came knocking on the door. I told him the polls were closed and he couldn’t vote. He said he went to another precinct and they wouldn’t let him vote. I said I was sorry about that but each location is by precinct and the polls closed at 7pm. He got pissed and started yammering about “rights” and threatened to call my superiors the next day. I said, “That’s fine,” and he left.

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Majorities

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In 1970 I was in the 2nd grade. The teacher had been indoctrinating us with the notion of majorities and having us vote for stuff. So there was something that ‘we’ had decided to do as a class that I disagreed with or didn’t want to do, and a classmate said, “Oh well, majority rules.” It wasn’t something that I needed to be obstinate about to the point of getting shoved into the Principal’s office. Given that, I had no choice but to go along with whatever it was. I don’t fault the little girl for saying that. I know that she was just being a good little sheep-drone and all, but to be honest, over the years situations where it becomes clear that my agreement or disagreement is irrelevant in the face of some group dynamic has caused me to feel a certain amount of disenfranchisement.My desire is always to live life individually, and to allow society and other subset groups go this way and that at their whim.

The presidential selection myth

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“Anyone can be President.”

 

I find there are still a lot of people who believe this myth. Okay. Fine. Let’s make that our assumed premise. Explain why the majority of candidates elected in the last 35-40yrs were educated at ivy league universities.

After you tackle that, explain why, still assuming the statement above, we may have Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush next November