Happy Tyr’s Day – It’s also Election Day here in the United States.
It would normally be the day for Wolves and Ravens, but there is so much to cover as a political scientist as far as elections right now, and not all of it fits a philosophical analysis; so this will be a Rabyd Skald and I am going to tell you how I am voting.
I spoke last week on Voting and told you that the truth is there is a higher chance of any of us going to the election and being killed on the way in a car accident, than that our vote would matter. For all you thrill seekers, here is my guide to how to vote here in the great state of Michigan.
Governor / Senate / House and State Legislature – You can keep voting for the same two parties and get the same results over and over again or Vote outside that line – me I am voting Libertarian Party. The Libertarians last election gained a lot in Michigan by passing a certain mark. It means they got their own primary ballots and for that to continue need to keep that percentage. I am pretty much voting libertarian straight ticket on this one. No names required because any libertarian candidate will be truly smaller government and less government red tape and involvement is my hope and dream.
Michigan The Ballot Proposals
Proposal 1 – Marijuana Legalization
Yes. I am going to be blunt here. Get it Blunt? While smoking weed is on my bucket list, it is not something I have actually done. The real reason I am doing this is the current approach to drugs as in fighting a drug war is actually quite ineffective. This drug in particular is less harmful in all respects than alcohol and only stereotyping keeps people’s opinions of it negative. The only people who really benefit from the drug war are the police (who us it as justification for bigger budgets and more power), the prison industry (who needs prisoners preferably ones that are docile like MJ users), the pharmaceutical industry and alcohol industries (these later two don’t like competition). This is why you will see all these groups lobbying so hard against legalization. Yes vote here please. Time to end the stupidity.
Proposal 2 – Redistricting Committee
In its most simplistic terms, this basically creates a citizens committee in charge creating the voting districts instead of leaving it to Legislature. I am not really sure about this one but I know both the Republicans and Democrats don’t like it. That means it might actually be a good thing. Yes on this one too, simply because I like pissing the major parties off.
Proposal 3 – Automatic Voter Registration and Earlier Voting Measures.
This means when you get your driver’s license or state ID you are automatically registered to vote. There is also a provision for getting an absentee ballot without having to give a reason and being able to use it to vote up to two weeks early. I don’t really see any negatives here. It’s any body’s guess as to if it will actually improve voter turnout. Yes.
On the national stage of course the Senate is going to be a long haul for the Democrats. They not only have to fight to keep a lot of seats, if they want to gain ground they have to upset Republicans. they have to win 28 races to gain the senate.. The Republicans simply have to win seven races and they keep the senate. In the house well, it’s an every two-year thing, we will see how it goes. I predicting the elephants will continue to hold the senate and the house but will lose a little ground.
As a political scientist, I am just enjoying the show. Pass the popcorn. Although I will probably enjoy seeing Bohemian Rhapsody with my daughter more than these election results to analyze.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.