I don't see why using those words in the same sentece is such a bad thing. Our system has its flaws, but it's quite a bit more effective than most systems. If we can't have faith in the power of our vote, then what the hell is the point?dondrei said:Well first of all, the combination of "vote" and "effective" in the same sentence, and second of all - you do understand the purpose of a protest, right?
Let's not forget that the country has been practically evenly split the last two presidential elections.alexzed said:I'm back in San Fran for business, and right outside my office, right now, is a medium sized anti-Bush protest. Good to see people speaking their minds - and even the riot police are staying a good distance away, not swinging with wild abandon, as I thought they might. So I'm glad to see protests here...need to see more!!!
Which is why people need to make educated votes and know who they are voting for and what they stand for. Then once they vote, it should be thier duty to hold that person accountable.dondrei said:Protests are much more effective than votes, for one thing they give minority opinions a larger influence on politics. Politicians pay attention to them. Well, unless they're hard-liners, but even so it makes the party powerbrokers edgy.
They accomplish a lot more than votes do - hell, votes don't even translate to a particular demand most of the time. Even when they do, it's the politicians that choose their platform and which parts they exercise once in office. Voting doesn't give you a chance to give your opinion on particular issues, you just get a choice of people to elect and maybe they'll represent your opinions on issue X and maybe not.
And let's not forget that swing voters are usually a minority, the majority is tagged and bagged before campaigning begins unless something drastic happens.