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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Question of the Week: 14 - 11/6/2000
The Unresolved US Election
Did YOU vote? Which candidate did you vote for? How do you feel about the political wrangling going on right now in Florida? Will/Should either candidate concede for the good of the country-or should either/both fight it out until we all scream for mercy? How do you think either candidate, if declared the winner, will be able to bring the country together given the inference that the election results now point to an America that is almost equally divided into one camp or the other? And the BIG question-What, if any, impact will the final results have on the Pagan communities?
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| Yes Indeedy -- I Voted -- For Gore. And One Would Hope That Since... ||Nov 12th. at 3:32:22 pm UTC|
|diana rhode (amherst, Virginia US) ||Age: 68 - Email |
yes indeedy -- i voted -- for gore. and one would hope that since wicca has been recognized as a bona fide 'religion' in these united states w/all attendant perks and privileges, that it would not really matter who wins the election. however, i recognize that there are those that will follow whatever a president does/approves/disapproves of -- down to what sort of dog to get -- which might bode heavy for wicca were the shrub to be our next president.
no, i don't think either candidate should concede.
as far as the mess-up in florida -- why, f'pete's sake, are there ballots that allow for the appearance of having voted twice, thereby cancelling one's vote.
shouldn't we have a bit of standardization of ballot-casting methods. one reporter from fla. explained that if one filled in the box/circle/place with red ink, it would not 'read' and not be counted. why cannot black-inked pens --if that's what is required -- be handed to voters as they prepare to cast their ballots.
interesting that the bush, alto' he had passed into law in texas a hand-count provision in the event of close elections, is now screaming 'foul' over a hand-count in fla. hmmmmmmm. also, the big puzzle is why were not those that 'messed up' refused a fresh ballot even tho' that is provided for by law in florida. again -- hmmmmmmmmmm. smelly, what.
| I Voted For Harry Browne, The Libertarian Candidate. I Believe That Both... ||Nov 12th. at 4:01:47 pm UTC|
|Zorya (Dayton, Ohio US) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I voted for Harry Browne, the Libertarian candidate. I believe that both Bush and Gore are big government/big spenders and as such are in conflict with my basic political beliefs. I think that the political wrangling going on in Florida is counterproductive and will only increased hostilities between the various major factions in the US. My personal opinion is that the absentee ballots from military members stationed outside of Florida will go heavily for Bush, primarily because of the deep level of anger and hostility that a large number of military personnel have for Mr Clinton and anything associated with his administration. That being said, I do not feel that either candidate should concede until the the absentee ballots are tallied.
On the question as to whether either candidate can bring the country together - it depends on the factions. If one or both continue to cast the other as evil there will be no progress.
The influence on the Pagan community will most likely be whatever the rest of the country is experiencing. I do not forsee a "witch hunt" against the pagan community.
| I Didn't Vote...i Sat At Home Watching Everyone Fight At The... ||Nov 12th. at 4:21:26 pm UTC|
|Matt DeRuilley (Detroit, Michigan US) ||Age: 23 |
I didn't vote...I sat at home watching everyone fight at the polls over who is more attractive. Besides it doesn't matter who is in office, the world is changeing whether they like it or not. The Goddess cannot be stopped now.
I think it'll be funny watching Bush though, he'll freak when he learns "Oh my God THOSE people have a legal right to worship OTHER Gods!!?!" Lol.
Just my thoughts.
| I Also Have To Respond To Kelly Stead's Response. I Am One... ||Nov 12th. at 4:48:56 pm UTC|
|SpiritFlame (Phila, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 28 |
I also have to respond to Kelly Stead's response. I am one of those "no true Pagans" that celebrate the Christian holidays with their families and raise their children in the church. I don't hold a grudge against the Christian church. I left my Christian background simply because I couldn't relate to it. I found a home in Wicca. Yes, I know the history of the Burning Times. But the Christians I know were not there during the Burning Times. They didn't light the stakes, they didn't hang or torture anyone. How can we expect to dismantle ancient stereotypes and bridge the gap between Christians and Pagans if we refuse to accept them as well? We can't flame them and reject them and then get angry when they persecute us!
Choosing to celebrate holidays with my family and choosing to raise my children in a caring church community is my business. Not all Christian churches breed hatred and intolerance of other faiths. Our stereotypes of Christians are as bad as their stereotypes of us. IT IS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL. It harms none, and when my children are old enough, they will decide for themselves -- just like I did. Don't tell another parent how to raise his/her child.
Being Wiccan is a very personal decision for me (Dianic Wiccan), and I believe strongly that it is up to each parent how s/he raises their child. No one can tell me what faith my child should be. Part of being Pagan means being free. Free to choose our own lives, make our own decisions. If we then judge other Pagans for how AND WHAT and WITH WHOM they choose to celebrate on a given holiday, we are no better. We may as well be the religious intolerants who call us Satanists. Besides, who is to say who is right and who is wrong in the way one worships? No one holds the patent on the truth. We are each on our own spiritual journey.
Flaming other Wiccans and Pagans who don't agree with you will not do anyone any good. In fact, I am not including my e-mail address with this because I don't want to get flamed for this response. I don't usually speak out this strongly about things, but I don't like being attacked, even generically, for what is strictly my personal business. There is enough fighting in this world, and enough religious intolerance in this nation. Let's not add to the hatred.
| I Feel I Must Speak Up To Debunk The Vicious Rumor Sheet... ||Nov 12th. at 5:21:54 pm UTC|
|Lisa/ChaosMoth (Mountain View, California US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I feel I must speak up to debunk the vicious rumor sheet that someone posted here, because it's one of those pieces of urban legendry that gets passed around by email to cause discontent. (One of the people on this forum, for example, voted for Bush(!) because he'd heard on a hate-site that Gore(!!) was anti-gay.)
A few of those 'facts' are true, and most of them are exaggerated or false.
Check out the info here:
This also contains the original document, if you haven't read it. Maybe if more people hadn't read it, the election wouldn't be stalled right now.
Snopes is a site devoted to finding the truth or falsehood in urban legends and email lore, and generally takes a politically neutral standpoint.
| The Repubs. Continue To Say Things Like The Person In Charge Of... ||Nov 12th. at 5:32:24 pm UTC|
|Amanda (Port St. Lucie, Florida US) ||Age: 47 - Email |
The repubs. continue to say things like the person in charge of approving the Palm Beach County ballots is a democrat, but not all democrats voted for Gore. And, secondly, a person in the work-a-day world is used to filling out forms. After being a housewife or retired for a number of years, it is difficult to look at the forms with such ease. Or, for that matter, a person who works outside all day and takes his orders verbally. I am shocked and appalled by how so many dismiss the votes of these people. Even Bush doesn't want to be bothered with such trivia. It would be like accepting any award accidently, and then knowing it, going up on stage to accept it. We wouldn't have much respect for someone who would do that, would we? So, can we be proud of our new president if it is Bush under these circumstances? I, a Florida resident, would like to have my neighbors' votes counted as what they intended when they cast it. I agree the will of the people should elect the president, so to ignore the will of almost 20, 000 who would have the deciding vote is to me, very disrespectful. I don't think Mr. Gore is being wrong by wanting these votes to be counted. I appreciate someone appreciating each vote as important.
| Yes, I Voted For Gore. Mostly Because Of His Stance On Women's... ||Nov 12th. at 6:15:14 pm UTC|
|Naomi Rouse (Ellison Bay, Wisconsin US) ||Age: 37 |
Yes, I voted for Gore.
Mostly because of his stance on women's rights and childcare relief.
| I Have Found The Election Process This Year To Be Amazing. It... ||Nov 12th. at 6:39:09 pm UTC|
|M. C. Haviland (Christmas Valley, Oregon US) ||Age: 41 - Email |
I have found the election process this year to be amazing. It is very exciting to see our Constitution as a working, fluid document. I do wish that the media and the politicians would simply let the process take place instead of polluting it with their non-sense. They are of course working on their own agendas. Regardless we as Americans have a great opportunity to see the whole process working in a way our Founders foresaw and planned for. I find it all to be very exciting and am enjoyig the living Civic lesson we are getting. As to how the end result will effect all of us as Americans, I have faith that the Constitution will continue to work to protect all Americans from the possible infringment on our rights by the government, just as it was intended. We will have to work just as hard however, to see that the protection which this document provides stays in place. Freedom and liberty are not automatic, even in America, but with diligents, common sense and hard work we can all enjoy these things under any President. In the mean time I plan on enjoying the ride.
| Greetings, A Reiteration Of The "rules'" For Our Question Of The Week... ||Nov 12th. at 7:30:18 pm UTC|
|Fritz Jung (Clearwater, Florida US) ||Age: 48 - Email |
Greetings, A reiteration of the "rules'" for our question of the week ...
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| I Did Not Vote, Due To The Fact That, Y'know, I'm Too... ||Nov 12th. at 7:43:07 pm UTC|
|Anika (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 14 |
I did not vote, due to the fact that, y'know, I'm too young. But, I think, first of all, the media is blowing this WAY out of proportion, and its getting really old really fast(and it only happened a few days ago!!) And I supported Gore, because we were discussing the election in history class, and if Bush wins, it will be one of the first times that the house, senate, and presidency have been controlled by the republicans. Plus, four of the nine Supreme Court members are getting way up there in age, and have been ill. If they die or resign, and Bush gets to appoint new members, he would have influence over almost the whole shebang going on in Washington! I'm concerned, (knowing Bush's views on wiccans, witches, and pagans in general) that they could start actually passing acts that put prayer into public schools and such. For now, though, I guess, I will have to sit back, endure the hype, and hope that the candidate who will be kind to the pagan community wins.
| I Voted For Nader. Living In Texas, Voting For Gore Wasn't Going... ||Nov 12th. at 7:51:50 pm UTC|
|Aoife Moon (Dallas, Texas US) ||Age: 20 |
I voted for Nader. Living in Texas, voting for Gore wasn't going to do much, and so I wanted to use my vote to support a 3rd party (I'm not a fan of the 2-party-winner-takes-all system taht we currently have), even though I don't agree with everything Nader says. However, I've had a bunch of loud, drawn out debates with my parents, who are ardent Bush supporters. I'm also in the doghouse over removing the damn sign from our front yard. it's one of those huge ones - 3' x 5'. Mom says she's furious that Gore is such a 'bad sport' and wants a recount - which is perfectly legal by law. And no, Bush isn't one for doing the same thing in other states.
| As A Pagan, How Could I Have Voted For Anyone But Gore... ||Nov 12th. at 7:57:21 pm UTC|
|Thor Quabbin (Melrose, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 38 - Email |
As a Pagan, how could I have voted for anyone but Gore? The only other remote possiblity would have been Nader, but why risk helping Bush in any way. As for the circus going on in Florida, I find it absolutely amazing. How lucky we are to live through one of the most exciting times in U.S. political history! It is maddening, and yes, we will probably be screaming for mercy by the time its finally over, but in the not too distant future we will be looking back and saying "My vote DOES count!". And as for "bringing the country together", lets be real. This country can rarely "come together" for anything unless its a kid stuck in a well. Besides, no matter who wins, in four years Hillary will probably beat either one of them!
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