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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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Who are you going to vote for and why?
Which political platform or candidate are you leaning towards? Do you think that a level of political involvement is important to pagans? Are you registered to vote, will you vote and who -if you don't mind telling the world- are you planning to vote for (or against)?
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| I Am Certaintly Well Past Leaning For Anyone...i Will Surely Be... ||Aug 6th. at 10:38:06 pm EDT|
|Tom‡is Weinstock-Blair (State College, Pennsylvania US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I am certaintly well past leaning for anyone...I will surely be voting for Al Gore this November. It is my belief that he is the politician that is not only the most 'malleable' in his opinions towards non mainstream faiths, but is also the candidate out of all liberal possibilities who stands the best chance on a realistic level of winning this election.
Ralph Nader is a wonderful person also, but for him to be running in a separate party is just splitting the democratic vote and helping the Nazis...oops, excuse me, Republicans to regain the White House. As someone who is originally from Europe, I know first hand the dangers of having too many political parties, this is after all how the Nazis (there's that word again) gained power in Germany in the late 30s.
It is EXTREMELY important for pagans to vote. As our respective faiths gain more media attention, they are also more open to the scrutiny and overt discrimination of the religous right and their lackeys...don't let them get this chance! Exercise your voice in the most powerful means possible and VOTE!
| Choice. Freedom To Choose The Person That Closest Represents My Concerns And... ||Aug 6th. at 10:15:40 pm EDT|
|David Aquarius (Renton, Washington US) ||Age: 41 - Email |
Choice. Freedom to choose the person that closest represents my concerns and aspirations about the future. What a choice! I am a Liberal, tried and true, card-carrying member of the ACLU and the Sierra Club and I can't see a choice. But I will choose and I will do my homework about the cadidates because I am a Liberal. I am a part of this country and as long as I wave the First Amendment around I better do the responsible thing and vote. I consider the act of voting one of the most powerful collective rituals we have. A simple act, a mark, a punch, a pull of a lever and we change history, select the leader of the free world. Conspiracy theorists aside, we do our part, for good or bad (oh, those Reagan years!) To vote is to speak. To speak is to be heard. To be heard is to lead. By leading the way for our children, we can help establish a future where they will live without the intolerance and fear that we had to. It is for them that we do these things anyway.
| I Am Leaning Towards The Democrats (though At Times I Seriously Think... ||Aug 6th. at 10:06:16 pm EDT|
|Victor J Kinzer (Bloomington, Indiana US) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I am leaning towards the democrats (though at times I seriously think about voting libertarian). This is only because ofthe Republicans ties with the Christian Coalition, and Bush's endorsement of that Jesus day. That really annoyed me. I don't know much about Gore unfortunately, because the press just doesn't give him as much coverage, but from what I know of him I would rather he be in the oval office than Bush. I am not yet ergistered because I have not been in my home state since the beginning of the summer. I am getting registered just as soon as I get home in 2 weeks though. I think that political awareness is very important for pagans. Though we have a right to religious freedom if the people we let into power don't agree with that freedom and they convince enough people that they are right, they can vote it right out of the constitution. It wouldn't take as much as some people might thing.
| Well, Let's See. #1, I'm Leaning Towards Nader Personally. As For The... ||Aug 6th. at 9:57:06 pm EDT|
|Suzanne L. (Springfield, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Well, let's see. #1, I'm leaning towards Nader personally. As for the level of involvement, I think *everyone* should be involved in politics, even if it's just informing yourself about the issues, and making an intelligent vote, whether it be for the local town/city elections or the biggie - the Prez. And I don't mean relying on your best friend's brother's girl/boyfriend's opinion. Hey, they might be political geniuses, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't think for yourself. ::grin::
Yes, I'm registered to vote. Did it the day I as eligible to, but missed out on the last presidential. :-(
I'm voting *against* G.W. "Jesus Day" Bush. That's as far as I'll commit before the booth. :-)
| While I Am A Registered Democrat, I Find Myself Leaning More Towards... ||Aug 6th. at 9:55:39 pm EDT|
|Soli (Hamden, Connecticut US) ||Age: 26 |
While I am a registered Democrat, I find myself leaning more towards the platforms of the Socialist and Green parties. I wish both parties would receive more exposure, so the general population would know that there are alternatives to the two (or is that three now?) parties.
Given the current state of religious freedom in this country (which I think is precarious), any pagan who cares about their community and world at large should be at least aware of the political state of the country, and especially their local area (given how we are seeing more communities banning teaching of evolution and supporting some religions while ignoring and bashing others). It saddens me to think that there are probably many Pagans/Witches/Wiccans who either don't think they can make a difference or that it's not really a priority in their lives.
Yes, I am registered to vote, and I will be voting this fall (via absentee ballot). All I know so far is I am again voting against the Republican party because I would fear for many of the freedoms I currently enjoy.
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