#611, Reporting for Civic Duty

When I turned in my ballot, I was voter 611 at my precinct. That’s typically a customer service number, so I’m happy to oblige. 🙂

I never, ever thought that I’d vote for a Libertarian candidate. I appreciate their candor and their ideology, but something about the whole thing strikes me as odd. Mind you, I hope they can foster a movement to force the GOP to reform themselves, but that’s irrelevant. However, I could not bring myself to vote for Bob Riley or Don Siegelman. Siegelman has been someone whose politics I’ve detested for a good two years now, and Riley did nothing in his campaigning to make me want to vote for him. Frankly, I would have loved the opportunity to vote for Steve Windom, because he at least knows he’s a hack. Riley won’t admit to it.

Then there was my state senate spot, where Jeff Enfinger has long been a pain in my ass. This is the first time that I’ve lived in his district, though, having always been in Tom Butler’s district. I know and like Tom, and I was kinda disappointed that I couldn’t help him push towards re-election. But I also know and like Greg Bacon, the Libertarian candidate for #7 Senate. Greg is a UAH and an ASMS grad, and I figure, hey–he gets elected, I can call him up at 4:00 a.m. if I’m pissed. Besides, I’m his representative in SGA. 🙂

Other than that, I voted for the person if I’d heard of them before and didn’t associate their name with evil nastiness. I’m reasonably poltically connected, so I know who most of the bastards are around here.

The fun votes were on Constitutional amendments. Make any new Constitution have to come before the voters? Yeah. Make unincorporated Madison County be zoned? Bet your ass. Sure, the ‘necks won’t like it, but it ought to be done. Madison County needs to stop being ‘neckville.

Glad I voted. I earned the right to bitch around here for four more years. You don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t bitch …


  1. Nothing wrong with voting for or being a Libertarian. If you look real close, you will find that many of our Founding Fathers’s ideas were Libertarian. I often think I vote Republican because they are closer to Libertarian than Democrats and can get elected.

    I would not mind having a few Libertarians in office. It would scare the H— out of a lot of professional politicians.

  2. I don’t buy the "let’s get someone elected" arguments, though. The more political science I study, the more I realize that political parties are a necessary evil, and that the American system is naturally going to produce two of them with large enough umbrellas to get a variety of interests.

    That said, if they produce crappy candidates, I’m going to vote for a third party candidate if I feel that I can support same. This time, I could–so I did.

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