Ah, Election Week

I don’t usually do overtly political comics, but maybe I should. Maybe I’d feel less useless. Sure, people would get angry, but people get angry anyway, that’s what the Internet is for, so what the hell.

In features like this, I usually drew myself wearing whatever I was wearing at that moment. I still look pretty much exactly like this, only my hair is slightly shorter.

17 thoughts on “Ah, Election Week

  1. By coincidence, this non-American will be voting in one month (Scottish Parliament elections).

  2. Does this count toward the official off-panel head insert (panels 7 and 9) and Silent Penultimate Panel counts?

  3. I’ve never understood why people want others to vote. Sure, if it’s for the candidate they support, they want the extra votes. But why urge someone to vote if they’re just as likely to vote against your candidate? Or why urge someone to vote if you have no stake in the outcome?

    If there’s no candidate I like, I am proud not to vote at all. It’s the only way to say “I think they all stink”. I’m not into voting for the lesser of two (or more) evils, because that’s still voting for evil.

     

    • I would definitely vote, even though I’m not usually fond of any of the candidates running, but I can’t register… For some reason, cats (even superintelligent genetically enhanced ones like me) aren’t allowed to vote. Or run for public office.

      I blame PETA, personally, nyao.

      A friend of mine was thinking seriously about starting a “None Of The Above” write-in campaign just to show the whole country how messed up our government is, and because he’s sick of having to choose between two “clueless rich white a##holes” (his words, not mine) every election. Scary part is, I often agree with him…

  4. By strange coincidence, there actually IS an election this Tuesday, and I *do* plan to go out and vote in it. It’s just a local one though – Statewide, not national.

     

    @Bob: we want everyone to get informed and vote because a) if we’re making the right choice, people will vote with us, and b) if we’re making bad or poorly informed choices, smarter people can outvote us. Democracy: It may not be the government you WANT, but it’s always the government you deserve!

    • “It may not be the government you WANT, but it’s always the government you deserve!”

      So we the people (and I count kitties as people, seeing as I am one, nyao) deserve a slow-motion train wreck between a bunch of crypto-Fascists and a bunch of clueless twits who feel that if you throw enough money at our problems, they’ll eventually get solved?

      From where I’m looking, its not so much the government we deserve as it is the best government money can buy. Between big money PACs, the Supreme Court ruling that campaign donations are a form of free speech (silly me, I always thought it was bribery, but what do I know? I’m just a housecat), and rampant vote purchasing, is it any wonder the US is a huge mess compared to Canada or most of Europe?

      And don’t get me started on the fact that the US needs more than two political parties!

  5. Here in Kentucky, we are having our primary election next month (in May).  We have elections three years out of four.  It used to be worse — it used to be four out of four.

  6. @Bob: I think a spoiled ballot is a better way of expressing dissatisfaction with the range of options than not voting at all, if you want your outrage to be distinguishable from apathy.

  7. I guess I’m an elitest, because if people don’t care about voting I’d much rather that they didn’t vote.  If they don’t care enough to vote, they probably don’t care enough to become informed about the alternatives.  (Let alone the system behind the elections, and the rationale for that system.) 

    Sure; it would be nice if everyone was informed, educated and interested.  But twisting their arms to “go out and vote” doesn’t begin to address that problem.  Instead, it just makes it more likely that some flashy, charismatic but incompetant candidate will be elected.  Which is hardly helpful.

    • And 2016-7 just proved this to be true. Can’t even accuse them of being crooks this time around because one of them publicly announced it himself and the other isn’t doing much of anything to disguise her activities.

  8. Not voting is still voting for the least of N evils. where N-1 is the number of candidates.

    But the only way nobody will get into office is if nobody votes for any of the other candidates.

  9. I agree with Carl. I dislike the busing of lazy voters for the same reason (that and because it’s generally one party busing people in figuring that they’ll vote for the last people they talked to). If you actually know what you’re voting for, go out and vote. If you choose to remain ignorant, don’t vote and mess up the system.

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