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Midterm Election Day 2010

category_bug_politics.gif For awhile there, I thought this day would never arrive. I'm sure my blood pressure will drop 25 points just on relief from nasty political ads.

I voted by mail a couple of weeks ago and now await the results. One of the things that has always depressed me is that with the exception of Harry Truman's surprise triumph over Dewey in 1948, the polls are hardly ever wrong or even off by more than a couple of points. Sometimes I wonder why we vote at all; just let the pollsters decide.

Nevertheless, I will undoubtedly stay awake late tonight watching the returns. One of the advantages of being on the west coast now is that some winners are announced earlier than on the east coast.

Wondering if anyone had ever said anything pithy about voting and elections, I tracked down some yesterday. Here are a few - serious, ironic, funny and mostly, cynical – in no particular order.

“Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.”
- Gore Vidal
“We'd all like t'vote for th' best man, but he's never a candidate.”
- Kin Hubbard
“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.”
- William E. Simon
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - both commonly succeed, and are right.”
- H.L. Mencken
“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you're black in this country, if you're a woman in this country, if you are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you to vote Republican?”
- Cher
“The Democrats think Republicans are stealing elections. The Republicans think Democrats are stealing elections. And those of us independent of the two old parties know they are both right.”
- Kevin Zeese
“If the gods had intended for people to vote, they would have given us candidates.”
- Howard Zinn
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
- Sir Winston Churchill
“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.”
- Clarence S. Darrow
“Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing.”
- Bernard Baruch
“Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.”
- Author Unknown

At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Johna Ferguson: Aunt Warrena

Comments

Thanks for this, Ronni. I needed a chuckle or two after the past few weeks. Dee

And you leave me with a smile to start my day. Thanks Ronni.

Thank you for the good laugh needed to survive this day. I like Winston Churchill's quote best.

I am not going to stay up this year because every time a 'dim wit' wins I will get angry and, like a married couple, I don't want to go to bed mad.

I also voted almost as soon as the ballot came as I knew exactly how I'd vote. I don't plan to watch any of it tonight. I can get the bad news tomorrow. I also plan to not write much about politics because it's all going to be making me mad when I can't do anything about it. I'll wait until we start to ramp up for the presidential election. I am sick of it all. I need to focus elsewhere for awhile as my bp was higher than it should be the other day. Since I don't want to take meds unless I have to, I am going to try to redo some things in my life and being mad at what I can't fix is definitely on the delete list.

Thanks for finding and sharing the quotes. . . a combination of ouch and laughter.

Put me on record: I do not want Sarah Palin to run for President. The worst part of all this is that if the Tea Party candidates do well, she'll be emboldened. Heck, she'll be emboldened no matter what. Therefore, post election will be hard to tolerate. Anybody can be President got me going. Thank You Ronni.

I forwarded your post thoughts about voting to several in my family and also friends. Very good quotes! -- barbara

Thanks for the laughs Ronni, this morning I got a phone call that was actually a human I knew calling for me! No more nasty Senatorial ads for now in Washington. Go Patty Murray.

Loved your post & the quotes. I've heard so much bull from both sides & the middle. I voted my best commonsense and studied take on things.

I used to sell Discovery Toys to Patty Murray when she was still a pre-school mom in Shoreline, WA. I even helped on her first campaign!

Now that I moved to Arizona, I wish I could still vote for Murray rather than the Dem running against McCain, who hasn't a chance!

I'm prepared for the results for the most part. The hardest part after knowing some of those nutjobs will be in office will be the smugness of Republicans. It's always a lost cause in my state (TN) but really hope none of these Teabaggers get into office.

My faves are the Churchill and Simnon quotes. Thanks for that.

I borrowed your William Simon Quote for my blog encouraging everyone to vote.

Gore Vidal's was good too.

I just got back from voting at our neighborhood library. slim crowd. No one there under 40. Sad.

God help us if many tea partiers get elected, especially Angle. I would like to light a fire under Harry Reid but not with tea leaves.

We really need to find the things that unite us (Teabaggers, Lefties, gays etc) and minimize the differences. We must get along with each other. If we can't we're doomed.
It's almost like the time of the Civil War when Lincoln said "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
The politicians thrive on the discord and conflict. It helps to raise money and win elections at our expense but it's time for all of us to reject the manipulation of these power-hungry hypocrites and ignore their self-serving efforts. YES, we really can!
(Ronni: Have I been blacklisted?)

Thanks for these quotes, Ronni. They made me smile. I read these comments and I'm awfully glad that I don't get American network and cable television. The Canuks in BC are only concerned about CA's Prop 19 and how it will impact their billion dollar industry of BC Bud. Otherwise you wouldn't even know there was an election in the US! I'm thankful that I have a choice and don't have to bathe in all the rhetoric.

great quotes! Like Gore Vidaland Cher! Someone wrote in the editorial yesterday(Oregonian) saying there should be a rule that politicians running for office should only be allowed to speak about themselves! that would be great, no more nasty, "he said this she said that" ads! No more nasy attack ads, now it'll just be sappy happy family holiday ads! ok, we can tolerate them, they last a few months, not what seems like forever!

I just voted in Ames, Iowa, where at my polling place there were 100 people/hr all day and of all ages. "They" are pissed off at our Supreme Court Judges who declared that it's against our Iowa Constitution to deny equal marriage rights to same sex couples so there's a big push to deny their approval for another term. This and other nastiness has brought out voters. I wish it were more like the Iowa caucuses that gave Obama his start when there was hope instead of fear. PS Loved the quotes.

Love the quotes!!!!!

Here are couple more from my files:

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. -- John Quincy Adams.

If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves. -- Thomas Sowell

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country. -- Ambroswe Bierce

Political elections are a good deal like marriages, there's no accounting for anyone's taste. -- Will Rogers

And yeah, I voted today and am leaving shortly to go to the Democratic Party's party just to talk with some of my campaign co-workers. I hope it's a celebration!

Great post, Ronni. Like several other responders, I'm all for trying to reconcile some of our political differences so we can work together on the nation's problems. I'm not sure that will be possible with the tea party types--we'll just have to see. At least the Nut from Nevada (Angle) and I'm-not-a-witch from Delaware lost, so maybe there's a little hope. Even the most uninformed voters must have perceived on some level that a working brain is helpful.

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