MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Does Wisdom Come From a Day on the Calendar?

April 24th, 2018 Viewed 466 times

wisdomWhile I understand what’s being said here, is the solution to let people that are younger vote on some kind of a sliding scale? Remove the age limitation altogether and replace it with something else? Or is this just a vehicle for the original poster to complain?


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If You Dislike Congress, Why Do You Keep Voting For Them?

June 1st, 2015 Viewed 986 times, 1 so far today

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Maybe They Should Have Stood By Akin

October 2nd, 2012 Viewed 1922 times

It was just a few months ago that Mr. Akin became a national name by stating that women that are “legitimately” raped will not have child—something that he has since apologized for.  That hasn’t stopped it from being the source of a lot of jokes and derision or even being used in campaign ads against Republicans.

I mean, even multiple states away, in New York, former Congressman Dan Muffei is using Akin and trying to attach him and what he said to try to better his chances against incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Merkle—I just saw the ad this past Sunday!

Losing the Right To Vote

January 6th, 2011 Viewed 1551 times, 1 so far today

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In the cyclical nature of Congress, the Republicans have again taken away delegates from American Territories rights to vote on the floor of the House of Representatives:

One of the first acts of the new Republican-controlled House is to take away the floor voting rights of six delegates representing areas such as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa. [House Republicans End Floor Voting Rights for ‘Delegates’ from Puerto Rico, Guam, D.C. and Samoa]

Should Everyone Have a Vote?

January 15th, 2009 Viewed 2117 times

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Yesterday we considered the Electoral College, but in order to fully appreciate the discussion, I think we need to look into the system that was set up by the Founders.  When we look at this question, however, we have to start with voting, and what we find may be shocking to some of you.

The Obama Effect

October 11th, 2008 Viewed 1883 times, 1 so far today

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One of the things that seems extremely evident this year is that you cannot trust the polls.  It doesn’t depend on which campaign you listen to…

  • Sen. Obama’s group claims that the polls neglect cell phones and young people, and he believes it’ll be a landslide.
  • Sen. McCain’s group will tell you that it’s much closer than you think and that you’re neglecting the Bradley Effect1.

And then there’s Peggy Noonan, who in her recent article introduced another wrinkle she calls the Obama Effect:

  1. More people tell pollsters they will vote for a black candidate than vote for the black candidate. []

Caption Contest 2 Voting

June 2nd, 2008 Viewed 1265 times

There wasn’t that many submissions this time, so I had to add a couple!

Hopefully the new contest will be one that more people can get involved in.  I wonder if I have to start offering prizes?  What do you think?

In any case, you know the drill:

  1. Fill out the form below.
  2. Voting is over at the end of the week, and we’ll announce the winners!

We’re Not a Democracy

February 15th, 2008 Viewed 1999 times, 1 so far today

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What’s always interesting to me, every election year, is how the general assumption that we’re a democracy permeates our understanding of how government functions such that we get a lot of strange ideas in our heads.  So, to help mitigate some of this confusion, I offer the following bits of information about our government in the hopes that it will be edifying to all.

Voting on Election Day

September 23rd, 2004 Viewed 1805 times

Bert Prelutsky has an article today about voting— something I’ve been thinking around for a while.  The Founders definitely wanted people with a stake in the game to be voting.  Now we’ve come so far as to herd people like cattle to the polling place telling them to vote for our guy.  My feeling when I hear about all this busing and other means to get people to the polling places is, if it’s important to them why aren’t they finding a way to get there?

Now, before you call me a meanie, I’m not saying that people with disabilities or the inability to travel shouldn’t have a means provided for them should they so desire– maybe an internet sign up page or something.  What I am against is this– “I’m coming by to fill this bus to bring people who wouldn’t have voted otherwise to the polls because I know they know nothing but that they will vote for the guy with the D or the R next to their name.”

Taxes and Voting

September 16th, 2004 Viewed 1881 times, 1 so far today

pay-taxes.jpgWalter E. Williams has an interesting article out today.

There seems to be a lot of seen and unseen gerrymandering going on. In the first place, instead of logical voting districts, representatives are able to carve out for themselves “safe seats” that will always lean one way. This clearly benefits incumbents and doesn’t allow multiple different people access to our government– something that should be encouraged, right? I think someone should encourage a law to be passed that defined voting districts in straight grid like lines. Sure, natural topography would make some districts small, but that would allow some excitement! I don’t know– there has to be a better solution out there than the crazy districts that are the norm now.

The second has more to do with William’s article. In it he talks about how a majority of Americans pay no taxes, and these are the ones with equal votes to those that have a direct stake in how much money is taken out of their paychecks. This puts people who get money from the government directly opposed to people who lose money to the government– a guaranteed class warfare struggle. Again, I’m standing with the Fair Tax. I think that if that was implemented, we’d see some change in voting patterns too!

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.