Friday, December 07, 2007

Vote for your hopes and not your fears

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for a political message. Yes, it's presidential primary season here in the U.S. and I've just come back from hearing Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich speak. Aside from how amazing it would be to have a vegan president, I came away convinced that Mr. Kucinich is the best candidate to lead us away from this path of endless war and towards a more peaceful, compassionate future.

Now if you listen to the pundits, he doesn't stand a chance but is that really how you'll base your vote? Call me idealistic (and someone surely will), but I believe that if everyone who said "I like Kucinich but he doesn't stand a chance so I'm voting for someone else." actually voted for him then he may well get elected. So I'm urging you to support the candidate you most believe in and not the one some mass media organization has labeled as most "electable".

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I often think of the "don't waste your vote" mindset as a complete reversal of the way I think voting should work. Instead of "vote for the candidate you want so the person you like will be elected," it becomes "vote against the candidate you don't like so the person you don't like won't be elected." A lot of powerful people seem to understand this fallacy and use it effectively in the mass media to influence people who don't understand it.

Tamara said...

I'm so glad you posted this, and jealous that you got to hear Dennis speak! I have been following his campaign closely and have posted about him on my own blog too. A while back, I posted a link to a 'quiz' you can take to see which candidate most closely matched your beliefs and the vast majority of people who took the test through my blog and told me their results found that Kucinich was ranked #1 for them. I really think he is the most closely aligned with the majority of Americans, but unfortunately due to the other candidates' deep pockets and media biases, many people will never know. It's up to us to spread the word! :-) I will also mention that there is a big push for donations on 12/15 - Dennis doesn't accept contributions from corporations or special interests so it's all that much more important for us to help him out - they are trying to raise a bunch of money all on one day (12/15) to generate media attention. You can read more on his website, which you linked to in your post... okay, I'll shut up now. Obviously I am excited about this topic! ;-)

Rural Vegan said...

I'll be voting for Dennis no matter what his "chances" are. My conscience simply will not allow me vote otherwise!

Courtney said...

I couldn't agree more! However, even if everyone who supported Kucinich actually voted for him, I STILL don't think he would have a chance, unfortunately. But, he has my vote!

Courtney

maybepigscanfly said...

I could not agree more with your sentiments about voting for the candidate you believe in. I know so many people who will only vote for a main party front-runner because they believe that any other vote is a throw away, even if they don't even like who they end up voting for. Although it's even more frustrating when people don't even vote!

Thanks for this post!

Oh and a vegan president would be amazing!

Melody Polakow said...

I am voting for Kucinich. I was a Dean supporter last time... then Kucinich.

He has always had more balls than the majority of the politicians out there. True to him beliefs 100%. He is not bought and paid for.

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

well said

VeganLinda said...

I heart Dennis...love, love, love him and will be voting for him again this time. I totally agree, ya gotta vote for who you really want or you will definitely not get them.

Sean Tubbs said...

If you missed it, you can take a listen or even watch parts of the event at the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. Please send the link on to anyone who you think would be interested in taking a listen.

bazu said...

Hear, hear. I wholeheartedly agree that our electoral system is so messed up, that it leads people to only vote for "the lesser of two evils" and only consider the two major party candidates who are only marginally different from each other! Talk about throwing your votes away!

Alec said...

In theory, I would love to agree with this idea, and I love to think of myself as an optimist, but in reality I would question myself for doing it. As an example, if all the people who had voted for Nader in the 2000 election had voted for Gore instead, Gore would have been president instead of the texas idiot we got (remember Gore lost by only a couple hundred votes in FL)! I really want Dennis Kucinich as our next president. I agree with probably 95% of his policies and think he would make an outstanding leader for our country and show the rest of the world how the US should be. I will vote for him in the primary. However, if he does not become the democratic candidate (which unfortunately looks quite doubtful at this point), I will not vote for him in the election if he runs as an independent. Why not? Unfortunately, I feel it is necessary to compromise by voting for whoever is the democratic candidate because I know that an independent will never be elected (at least not at this point). Any democrat would be the next best thing over a republican. I would ask the people who have responded to this if they feel the same way. I do not like making compromises on my beliefs in my life, but I feel it is necessary at times, as I feel it is here. OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.

niki said...

While I agree with many of Kucinich's ideas (veganism, gay-rights, etc.), from living in Ohio and listening and reading about what he's done since he was Cleveland's mayor, I don't think he has what it takes to be President. He talks a good talk but rarely gets anything done and points fingers quite often at the those around him. Just my opinion - p.s. I would also love to see a Vegan president :)

apotheosis said...

Sometimes voting requires bravery

“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

Vegan Dad said...

"Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight."

- Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience"

Chelsea said...

Awesome post. My dad and grandfather went to hear him speak a week or so ago..I wish I could have gone! I supported him in 2004 and I'm going to support him now. A vegan president? Oh how I long for the day.

Sara said...

I voted from Kucinich in the 2004 primaries and it felt very good.