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NOVEMBER 8, 2011 5:04PM

Voting for a Republican

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I just voted for a Republican.  I don’t usually do that without a lot of research, without being disappointed in the Democratic candidate.  But this time, I did it on impulse.

The day before the election, I received many robo-calls.  Technically, according to the law, these recordings are not supposed to start unless I answer with at least two words.  I answer with one word.  Most of them start up anyway.  A few tie up my line with silence.  

One of these was a recording telling me Not to cast my vote for this Republican.  That I’d be wasting my vote and besides this man was dangerous.  He had endangered the lives of some undercover police officers by shooting his gun into the air.

My instinct was a – vote for this guy – he’s got somebody rich frightened.

How is anybody supposed to recognize an undercover police officer?  They’re in disguise – probably dressed like drug pushers or prostitutes.  And, while I don’t think it’s cool to shoot a gun into the air to frighten drug pushers and / or prostitutes (especially not prostitutes), I don’t think it endangers anybody.

I did some web surfing about this candidate.  If he wins, he’ll be the first Asian-American ever elected to the city council.  He’s a war hero (maybe that’s where the gun stuff comes from.)  He seems like a decent guy.  

I’ve seen signs supporting him in Chinatown.  I’ve also seen signs asking City Council to remove bike lanes from Chinatown.  I ride a bike. I WANT bike lanes everywhere.  I hope this candidate won’t vote to get rid of my bike lanes.

Online I found another interesting tidbit.  A City Council member whose office has regularly failed to return my calls is a likely candidate for President of the City Council.  He’s a Democrat.  If this Republican candidate wins, he’ll probably vote for somebody else – anybody else.  That could be good for the city.

I wasn’t going to vote for a Republican for City Council this year.  But thanks to that nasty recording, I voted for him, and so did my husband, the alien.

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I suppose there could be some decent people who ride their bikes around firing guns in the air.
a certain number of bullets fired into the air come down in someone's head.

but voting for any politician is a nihilist gesture, akin to dropping coins into a cap passed to top up the retirement fund of a mafia hitter.
gee i think that's a foolish basis upon which to exercise the right to vote in a democracy. why not vote for the candidate who comes closest to yr interests on the basis of issues, you know, read a few papers, listen to a few debates, or talk to a few friends who know more about politics who you trust? it's not that hard is it to be an informed voter rather than an impulsive one?
Ben Sen, I did the research. We vote for 5 at large city council members and one for our own district. There were 4 Democrats I wanted to vote for and one I felt iffy about. I voted for the Repub instead of the iffy Dem. I'm not a casual voter. I'm not a straight party line voter. But this was an impulse vote. Without that call, I'd have voted for the iffy Dem.
People have to do what they feel best doing. I don't think I could but everyone has choices and you respect them.
HUGGGGGGGGGG
Say it ain't so. I've never felt so betrayed. I am weeping. Good for you. R
Update -- all the Republicans got trounced. All the Dems won for city council.
Welcome to my world. Down here, it's rare to get a Democratic candidate in local elections, so it comes down to the person you object to the least.