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I love the “I will Vote for Anybody but Bush” crowd. Their hatred for the man in office automatically makes any other viable option in the upcoming presidential election, a good one. Does anyone else see the flaw in this? First of all, we all know that you only really have two options for president. Nader, and Perot only act as spoilers in situations when people get a little too overzealous and idealistic and decide to vote for one of them. I know people hate this sentiment, but it is a completely wasted vote. So, given two options, it really isn’t very smart to blindly say that you are going to vote for anyone but one half of your options.

Honestly, it is flawed logic. As much as you may hate this guy for the things he has done, the only scarier thing than “knowing what you are going to get” is “NOT knowing what you are going to get.” People are using their hatred of Bush as an excuse to not explore the real question. Is Kerry going to be a better option than Bush? Is he going to raise the hell out of taxes? Is he going to give all our money away to programs to help widen the middle class and do away with personal wealth in this country? Many people haven’t bothered to find out because they are too busy hating one half of their options.

Have you even considered that Bush could actually be a better option than whatever Democrat ends up winning the election? Is this even a possible conclusion in your mind? It is a reality that many people won’t face up to.

So, make sure you start posting all your factoids about Bush now. Put up all those nicknames that you think are oh-so witty. Please call him a nitwit. Call him dumb. Call him a liar. These are all just excuses that you are ultimately going to use so you don’t have to think about anything when your Presidential election decision comes up. I know the world can be a lot easier without having to think sometimes, but it really is irresponsible.

You never know what you could end up with.

About Craig Lyndall

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    flawed logic?

    ‘environmental’ policy: don’t like it
    economic policy: don’t like it
    invasion of iraq: don’t like it
    education ‘policy’: don’t like it

    it has nothing to do with the man and everything to do with what he stands for.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    You just made my point for me.

    You said nothing about the option you are choosing, just what you are choosing against.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    look, you’ve basically set up a straw man argument. i don’t happen to like any of the current administration’s policies…and i can’ help that.

    would you feel better if i just sat here and called bush “shrub”, “dubya” or “stupidfuckingtexanfratboymoron”?

  • http://www.tekwh0re.net Ms. Tek

    Mark, if you don’t like Bush, you are WRONG. There is NO REASON to not like Bush and since you don’t know what someone else might do, best not vote for them, even if you don’t like Bush because I mean you don’t know what they are going to do. I mean they could be worse than Bush or better than Bush so don’t vote for them even if you don’t like Bush because you don’t know what they are going to do.

    It’s very logical, when you think about it.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    You aren’t much of a critical thinker are you? Or maybe you didn’t read the post. I didn’t say VOTE FOR BUSH. I said please consider the options because choosing based on what you don’t want is kind of dangerous.

    I understand the lesser of two evils and everything else. All I am saying is that you should understand who you ARE voting for, not just who you AREN’T voting for.

    Pretty simple actually. I didn’t say anything about YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR BUSH, Ms. Tek.

    Please read my post next time.

  • Shark

    Craig: “As much as you may hate this guy for the things he has done, the only scarier thing than “knowing what you are going to get” is “NOT knowing what you are going to get.”

    Logic. brrrr.

    The author calling this piece “Think About It” is like a parapalegic saying “Come waltz with me!”

  • http://www.tekwh0re.net Ms. Tek

    Please kiss my butt now, not the next time.

    I read your post, and I see exactly where it was going. Sorry you decide to throw a personal insult to say I lack critical thinking skills, but at the same time, I wouldn’t expect much more from someone like you.

    Choosing against something is just as valid as chosing for. It doesn’t matter at this junction that everyone on the dem side hasn’t quite decided which angle they are going to attack. All of it doesn’t matter because they are all LIARS anyway. They say what they want just to get in office just as Bush did.

    The thing is that we KNOW what Bush has done and will do. We don’t want anymore of that. Time to give a new set of liars the reigns and see what their agenda has to prove. It doesn’t matter because THEY ARE ALL LIARS, GET IT?

    And since you want to throw insults.

    I think you are a nasty poop head.

    Feel better now?

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    I said please consider the options because choosing based on what you don’t want is kind of dangerous.

    ok, that’ works:

    education: i want somebody who will make positive steps toward improving our system of education…instead of creating a lame ‘test everybody more’ program (oh…and also not fully fund it)

    environment: i would prefer somebody who will not label an initiative ‘clear skies’ while simultaneously making easier for industries to pollute

    …i could go on but all of this will somehow be declared illogical.

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    The flawed logic I am talking about is you assuming that because you don’t like option X that Y just HAS to be better. I understand they are all liars. I understand the lesser of two evils. Handing over the reigns to a new set of liars doesn’t mean it is going to be better. This kind of “guess and check” strategy is flawed. I am not sure how you can defend it.

  • http://www.tekwh0re.net Ms. Tek

    It also doesn’t mean that its going to be worse, does it? How can you say it will when you really don’t know.

  • Eric Olsen

    I agree that there is a lot of visceral negativity toward Bush that is not necessariy driven by logic, and that a lot of people do have an anyone but Bush mentality, but no more so than a lot of Republicans had toward Clinton. There is always an “anyone but” vote – it’s human nature.

    I don’t agree that voting for the candidate who best represents your views – even if you are a voting bloc of one – is illogical, however. The system is set up to count votes, so the only way to register your perspective is to vote for the candidate who does that, even if he/she has no chance of winning.

    I don’t see how voting your conscience can ever be seen as “wasting your vote.”

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    The whole point of the post is that I don’t know, but some due diligence is in order.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    you saying it’s flawed is all opinion.

    my choice of picking X or Y is closer to “it’s can’t be worse” than “has to be better”.

    maybe if my political outlook was closer to the center your argument would work…but not for me.

  • Shark

    The flawed logic I am talking about is you assuming that because you don’t like option X that Y just HAS to be better.

    What’s behind the door?

    Lady,

    Tiger,

    or a nitwit with a keyboard?

    Craig, just stop, seriously. Teaching Logic 101 is not your strong suit.

  • Shark

    ERIC: “The system is set up to count votes, so the only way to register your perspective is to vote for the candidate who does that…”

    One caveat: this was true before 2000.

    heh.

  • JR

    Handing over the reigns to a new set of liars doesn’t mean it is going to be better. This kind of “guess and check” strategy is flawed. I am not sure how you can defend it.

    Well if you don’t hand over the reins, you KNOW it won’t get better. If you vote for the incumbents because you fear the unknown, they take that as an endorsement of the crap they’re pulling now. And when their term limits are up, the next group just looks to what “worked” before. The only way to get a change for the better is to… well, change.

  • http://www.pickabar.com gerrard

    Slightly off topic, but there have been plenty of good on topic responses…

    “help widen the middle class”

    Have you considered the fact that lots of Americans would very much like to see an expansion of the middle class even if (especially if?) it impacts the most wealthy?

  • shaun

    I agree with JR it is time to give someone else a shot. The ” anyone but bush” crowd has a point with the fact that we know bush has done a terrible job, and i cannot remember many leaders in our history that have done quit as bad of a job a Bush has.

  • http://home.earthlink.net/~fwbull/sale_intro.html Shark

    remember “Bush the Uniter!”

    Practically ignited a civil war.

    (But then again, THAT WAS THE GOAL.)