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Tuesday, November 02, 2010


"Ballots are the rightful, and peaceful, successors of bullets."
--Abe Lincoln

"Remember to vote early--and often."
--Al Capone
The word "vote" comes from the Latin votum, which means "wish." This in turn comes from an older word volum, "to vow." The two senses of the word are still resident in the act of voting, even millennia later in our cynical and degenerate age. We are given this right, this vow, and into it we invest our wish. Among the many rights we have as citizens, few affect the course of the nation so directly.

So, whether you root for the blue, red, green, or tea-colored team, go vote. It is our right as citizens, and our luxury, and it costs nothing*.

*Unless you mailed it in Oregon, in which case it cost you first-class postage.


  1. I note, with a bit of relief, that your election ad gravy train has suddenly run out. What are you going to do now that there are no casino ads to keep you in beer?

  2. That was a thin gruel, my friend. The real gravy doesn't trickle down to the likes of beer bloggers. Unfortunately.

  3. "...and it costs nothing*"

    Tax dollars don't just appear to run elections. Socialist thinking at its best.

  4. Anon: it doesn't cost the VOTER anything.

    Let's keep the ideological political shots out of comments--I'll delete any future ones like that.