I agree partly with you both.... voting is delegating power (extreme power) and do not vote is to close your eyes (and keep hearing the screamings). Its a sensitive matter and varies from country to country, but one can say in general:
We do not live alone (for the sadness of some but for my happiness - that's why I love travelling!) and we do need to be aware of the power we delegate (not voting is also a kind of delegation).
Particulary, I dont believe in elections since the press and the way of communication got concentrated in such a few hands. The US claims for being the deepest democracy in the world but the they are only the deepest sleepwalkers! Not every people but lots of them...
So please, choose the more sensible and peacefull politics, the civilization has evolved a lot since the ancient times!! The time where the stronger overcomes the wiser must be over! Not everything is a matter of strenght!!
We got to respect all the ways of lives!
Cheers! See u around there!
Hillcrest - at a guess, Nebraska?
I don't think not voting is about closing your eyes as much as actually stop believing that the president, prime minister or what you have will ever act in the interest of the public. As an example I've not to this date met any british or american people who support the war on Iraq, yet both countries have their troops there, killing innocent people. This is just one of thousands of examples of how our respective government show that they don't care what the public thinks, it may just be one of the most obvious.
I think that people who are voting and hoping for better times, as hopeless as it may sound will be forever waiting.
Having said that though doesn't mean I'm without hope, quite far from it, I just think the only way is to turn our backs to authorities. I really do think we are capable of creating something far better than this, we just have to team up with like minded people - and of course, respect each others differences. At the end of the day we have far more things in common though, that's something to always remember.
The only limit when it comes to create something good, is our own imagination.
My Imaganation,is to see Tony Blair ,George Bush lose there elections.As the Iraq situation is getting well out of hand.Our forces joined to serve Queen and country and the commonwealth,since when did IRAQ become part of that,and am sure the forces in the USA agreed to protect its intrests eg bases ,embassy etc,not dam well fight in IRAQ.
And to think the british govermenet wants to disband Scottish regiments into one big regiment is dam well rediculous.And more so the fact that the Black Watch have served in Iraq twice and were due to come home for christmas looks like it aint going to happen,why cause they have to support the American troops who are fighting in Falluhga or Bagdad,these guys dont want to be there in one hell hole of a place which is a sure death sentance.
Sorry guys the BRITS maybe your allies in name only,to the average person on the street and to arm forces families aint.So if any Americians reading this value life they will not vote for George Bush.
This weekend sees my brother Brian go start a months training before he is shipped to IRAQ,and he is only a army reservist,and he is joined by the local TA (PART TIME SOLDIERS) tHESE GUYS DID NOT ASK TO GO THERE THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN CUMPULSORY CALL UP ORDERS.
Hence why i feel so strong about this.
My thought and heart goes out to all the scottish regiments who are involved in a conflict that is not a british country or in the commonwealth.
Stay safe boys and come home soon.