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eviljonhunt81
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According to the Washington Post, crazy people vote. A lot more than you think they do.

Should we deny the right to vote to somebody just because they may not always know exactly what is going on in our reality? I don't think so. It's the caretakers duty to make sure that they don't abuse the situation (such as using an insane person to essentially cast two ballots for whomever you like), but is there really any major difference between a "crazy person" voting and somebody who has payed no attention to the campaigns at all, and is selecting their candidate on a whim?

At the very least, it opens the possibility for some very interesting elections.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.13
    Originally posted by eviljonhunt81
    According to the Washington Post, crazy people vote.


Which explains Zell Miller.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.46
    Originally posted by eviljonhunt81
    According to the Washington Post, crazy people vote. A lot more than you think they do.


Now we know where Nader's & Perot's numbers came from...
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I don't think it's fair to call people who vote for third party candidates crazy. Especially since you might raise the ire of our resident dictator.

I'd say that third-party voters for the most part are somewhat idealistic and definitely disenfranchised with the two-party system. Certainly, some of the third party candidates bring good ideas to the table - ideas worth getting behind and voting for - but they don't have the financial backing or publicity to really be viable on a large scale. This could all change after a few (or many) more presidential elections, but then again, a majority of people are happy with (or just don't care about changing) the status quo.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.51
    Originally posted by jvincion
    I don't think it's fair to call people who vote for third party candidates crazy. Especially since you might raise the ire of our resident dictator.

    I'd say that third-party voters for the most part are somewhat idealistic and definitely disenfranchised with the two-party system. Certainly, some of the third party candidates bring good ideas to the table - ideas worth getting behind and voting for - but they don't have the financial backing or publicity to really be viable on a large scale. This could all change after a few (or many) more presidential elections, but then again, a majority of people are happy with (or just don't care about changing) the status quo.


Of course I didn't mean ALL the people who voted third party were crazy!! (sorry Zims )

I was commenting more on the sanity of the candidates I mentioned, rather than the voters themselves. I have no problem voting third-party, but why is it that the last two "mainstream" third-party candidates seem to have been a bit, shall we say, off...?
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This is intriguing. I read about a similar study in Newsweek a year or two ago regarding religion/spirituality and the brain. They did similar testing on nuns, monks, priests, etc as they prayed/meditated. Amazing results.
- The Amazing Salami, Using MRI's to see Politics on the Brain (2004)
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