America goes to the polls today with voting in the Senate and House.  The smart money is on the Republicans keeping the Senate but the Democrats taking the House.  Should be an interesting couple of days!

I get pretty depressed about people not voting.  I don’t get it.  If you are eligible to vote you should.  It doesn’t take long but who governs us has a huge impact on how we live.  I think you loose the right to complain about anything if you can’t even be bothered to go and vote.  So…. GO AND VOTE if you are in America!!!


6 Responses to VOTE

  1. Rose says:

    Done and Done! Early even!

  2. Rose says:

    OK a little more to say, this is an important election here in America. I am surprised that anyone else is paying attention. Voter apathy is something we struggle with, but so many see our system as crooked (witness the 2004 presidential election) – and feel like their votes don’t count – why vote? The local race for our congress person is between an incumbent who fully supports our president and a challenger who appears inept. It makes it difficult to make a decision you can feel good about. However, SWRYV, you will be pleased to know that in my local district, with early and absentee votes combined, 33 percent of registered voters had already voted before election day, including yours truly. In a regular mid-term election we are usually lucky to get a 40 percent turnout, we are already well on our way to beating that number today.

  3. Stewart says:

    That’s good news about the turnout and it looks as though the Democrats have taken the House with the Senate too close to call.

    I guess a two party system does tend to limit your choice somewhat. Here in Scotland we have six or seven parties represented in our parliament with several other small parties or independents. Makes for consensus government which can be both helpful and and not.

  4. Stewart says:

    Rose, why are you surprised that anyone else is paying attention? USA has pretty much defined world events in the past 5 years and the UK has followed blindly on so in many ways we have almost as much at stake in your elections as you do.

  5. Rose says:

    I am surprised because you are better informed than many Americans about the election and what is at stake. Also, because my only other Scottish “man on the street” had no clue we were in the middle of a mid-term election, or the significance of same. So, how do you feel about Democrats now having a majority in the House and Senate and Rummy resigning? How is this likely to affect the UK?

    We don’t know how it is likely to affect us yet. Except that it will limit what Bush can do over the next 2 years, there will be more accountability, and may set the stage for a Dem. president. This was really just the first step in what is likely to be a very long 2 years. But we did enjoy very cheap gasoline in the weeks leading up to the election (about 2 dollars = to one pound, a gallon) I suspect the prices at the pump will be higher tomorrow.

    With six or seven parties represented in your parliament, plus others, how does anything ever get done?

  6. Stewart says:

    I guess we’re a little better informed because we have the BBC not CNN or Fox news! But I suppose that it would be pretty easy to miss out on what’s happening if you don’t watch the news or read a paper.

    I think the Democrats winning the House and probably the Senate seems to have already made a difference. Rummy going was a bit of a surprise. I though Bush had dug himself in for the duration but it seems that he realises that his last two years will have a huge effect on who gets his job next time around.

    The effect on the UK will depend on how the Democrats decide to proceed with Iraq and also with Iran and North Korea. There seems little agreement within the party on how things should be done, just that how things have been done haven’t worked out at all well.

    In many ways Tony Blair has committed us to follow the USA’s lead. There seems little chance of us acting independently although I think that the noises being made both here and in Washington would point towards a withdrawal and a reorientation to a more training and supportive role of Iraq’s own police and military.

    As for how we get things done? Many would say we don’t get anything done! Labour hold the majority and formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats which gives them an overall majority. Their programme includes ideas from both parties.

    The Scottish Parliament does tend to try to work on a concensus basis with massive public consultation on all legislation and cross party committees working out the detail. From the volume of paper that is produced it seems to work!

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