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Feminist, agnostic, aesthete, Australian.
History shows I'll post whatever the heck I feel like and to hell with rhyme or reason. Please drop me a line and feel free to ask me anything. I won't bite!
This didn’t get any notes last time I posted it, but let’s see what happens when I tag it as Mitt Romney…
STFU, Conservatives: How to register to vote, check to see if you're registered, and find your polling place
Register to vote online at gottavote.org.
Check to make sure you’re registered at canivote.org. You can also find your polling place here, or at Vote 411.
Once your voter registration goes through, you should receive what’s called a “sample ballot” in the mail that will tell you your polling place, which is where you have to go to vote.
If you don’t get your sample ballot within about a month of registering, check canivote.org to see if your registration went through. Even if you never receive your sample ballot, go to your polling place on election day with your ID and ask to vote. If they don’t have you registered, you should be able to fill out a separate type of ballot.
Voting from abroad? There’s a site for that.
Moved recently (for college or otherwise) or moving before the election? There’s a site for that. Specifically, there’s a form you have to fill out to update your registration. Even if you moved somewhere within the same district or ZIP code, you need to re-register!!!
Why I feel the upcoming US election is important to me, as an Australian:
- As a citizen of the world, I feel it is my right to care who is the “leader of the free world” (though I am reasonably sure that’s a problematic, not to mention outdated, phrase).
- The US is currently the number one hegemonic power in the world (although they do have increasing competition). Like it or not, what happens in America and who it elects affects the whole world.
- The ANZUS treaty. For those not in the know, this is a military alliance with the US that BINDS us (and New Zealand, who are apparently attempting a rapprochement) to cooperate on matters of military defense. ANZUS was invoked for our involvement in Vietnam/Afghanistan/Iraq. While it only mentions the Pacific, the contract is nowadays understood to include the whole world.
- The US is currently making a “pivot” towards the Asia region (which, if you didn’t realize, Australia is a part of) and away from the Middle East. I’ll just let that sink in. The US, the greatest military power in the world, that has a long list of military “adventures” in the Middle East (and elsewhere) has decided it wants to become more involved in our geographic neighborhood! Frankly, the Middle East’s gain is our loss. This “tilt” is a policy of the Obama administration, but what can we expect of an even more militaristic regime? It literally scares what a militaristic administration might do and what we might be obliged to help do according to the treaty (or rather, what spineless Australian politicians might volunteer us for to suck up).
- Mitt Romney campaign is increasingly militaristic in the neocon sense. He’s saying he’ll increase military spending and build more ships/subs. There’s the rhetoric of returning America to it’s proper place in global power (whatever that means). Just the other day he was promising to arm dissidents in Syria. I’m no expert, but it seems the last thing Syria needs is more weapons.
- Basically I see the world as being a much unsafer place. This is not to excuse Obama, his droning policy is especially egregious, but he has proven himself to be a mostly respectful leader who tries to balance between idealism and practicality.
- I actually like America, I really do (even if it doesn’t sound like it), and I care what happens to my fellow human beings in America. I won’t elaborate, but it has become clear that Mitt Romney supports economic policies that are reductive, favor the rich at the expense of everyone else (but especially the poor) and have continually been proven to NOT WORK, while his relationship with minorities is dubious at best.
- Finally, Mitt Romney is the nominee of the party that has spent the last 4 years on what must be the biggest dummy spit since the secession (Lincoln et el must be rolling in their graves). They have done their best to both block the current administrations actions (even bi-partisan ones that would benefit the whole nation) and denigrated the President (whom, by the way, has retained his dignity throughout and has stayed true to his promise to not be negative when no one would blame him for doing otherwise). To elect him would simply be to reward this appalling and undemocratic behaviour.
In conclusion, next months US election matters to me A LOT. I cannot vote, but if you are an American citizen, please, I urge you to register and vote and please, please, give the greatest possible consideration to Barack Obama. The world will thank you for it, I know I will.
The little things...: More worrying than Romney's policies is his control of voting machines and blatant disregard for the rules...
“Late last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at FreePress.org broke the story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in H.I.G. Capital which, in July of 2011, completed a “strategic investment” to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic,” according to independent journalist Brad Friedman.
But Friedman is not the only one to discover the connection between the Romney family, Bain Capital, and ownership of voting machines.
Truth out reports:
“Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.
In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall’s election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who “owns” the White House.”
Does this not scare anyone else? … flaws in democracy and so forth…