Postmortems of voting woes, disenfranchisement, and how countries around the world elect government officials.
How the Republican Party Just Caused Its Own Death Due To Hate
Don't get me wrong about being happy and optimistic that the GOP is causing its own demise. I'm goddamn furious like the rest of you sane, rational thinking, pro-women people about the overturning of Roe vs. Wade if this plays out the way it sounds like it will. I'm disgusted that America is being set back in time at least 50 years or more by the religious right and old, white, men.
How To Vote India and Why is National Voters' Day Celebrated Every Year ?
National Voters' Day is being celebrated across the country today. According to the Indian Constitution, the people are the foundation of this unique democracy, where the government is elected by the people, who have the direct right to elect the Central and State Governments once in 5 years. Today is the same public day.
Voting In Australia
On December 4th, NSW held State and Council elections. (Federal elections will be next year in May) Voting in Australia, or at least the system we use, is one of the things that tends to confuse people, so I thought I'd explain it here.
Plato on How Democracy Degenerates into Tyranny
This is an edited version of an essay I submitted for a mid-term on early western political thought. Libertarians tend to view Plato negatively, viewing his Republic as a blueprint for totalitarianism. Be that as it may, Plato had many interesting insights and this is one of the first perceptive critiques of democracy. He was so opposed to democracy because it was the democratic government of Athens that condemned his mentor Socrates to death for corrupting the youth of Athens. I used Francis Cornford's translation for the most part but occasionally quoted from a translation by George Grube.
Manchin and Sinema just cost Democrats everything
Source: WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti, MI) Just like every other year, 2021 has an election day. Election day means elections, where people vote on candidates from school board directors to mayors - or if you’re in Virginia or New Jersey, governors. You see, the other 48 states elect their governors during the midterm elections, which will take place in 2022. Virginia and New Jersey elect their governors in the years immediately following the presidential election. These elections mean that for Virginians and New Jerseyans, that means gubernatorial ads nonstop wherever you go.
Is Democracy Important?
I have a stray cat friend who recently became a mother of five kittens. I have been feeding her for almost two months and just met her kittens. I am on a fixed income and cat food is not cheap. It all started because I shared my can of tuna fish with her. Now I've adopted one of her kittens, which means I will have pet expenses as a responsible pet caretaker. What does this cat scenario have to do with voting or democracy or government? More than some would think in my opinion.
Hey Liberals: California COULD easily go red...
This week California will undergo its second recall election, which will determine whether or not democratic governor Gavin Newsom remains in office or is replaced by a republican challenger.
Bay of Pigs
When John F. Kennedy became President of the United States on January 20, 1961, he inherited every policy decision that Eisenhower had yet to carry out. (1) One of these was the planned invasion of Cuba to depose Fidel Castro and the 26th of July Movement. The Central Intelligence Agency had recruited and trained Cuban exiles to conduct the invasion. The operation became known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion after the point that the Cuban exiles made their landing. The planning of the invasion began with the 1959 defeat of Fulgencio Batista, the former president of Cuba. The CIA believed that the use of Cuban exiles would work because of their perceived success in the 1954 coup against President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala. In the 1954 coup against Arbenz, the CIA had used disgruntled Guatemalan military officers and Agency provided air support to aid in the coup. In the Bay of Pigs, there would be no such saving graces. The air and artillery support the US promised was either canceled or so delayed that Castro's forces easily repelled the invading forces. Additionally, the CIA had no understanding of the environment in which they were operating. In Guatemala, there had been differing factions to exploit within Arbenz's government. In 1961 Cuba there were no such factions left on the island. This was due to any that had opposed the 26th of July Movement fleeing the island in the wake of losing their benefactor. This meant that the invaders had no support to meet them once they arrived. This led to the spectacular failure that is now associated with the Bay of Pigs. By 1961, the CIA had grown confident enough in its abilities to conduct such an operation. However, they operated with undeserved confidence, as they had not learned how to conduct such operations in hostile nations. It is by looking at the CIA's overconfidence in their ability to pull off the Bay of Pigs Invasion that we see how Fidel Castro and the Cuban government were able to assert their sovereignty, and become a regional power despite the lopsided odds stacked against them.
A Lesson from Buffalo Bill, Pawnee Bill and the New York Suffragists
Skirts aswirl, fourteen New York suffragists strode through Madison Square Garden. Among them were prominent society members such as the Misses Portia Willis, Harriet May Mills, Gertrude Lee, and Helen Benson. These were women far more familiar with Victorian silver choices than life in the open air. Entering the mess hall that April evening in 1913, they spied their quarry in the corner and beetled over. The two white-haired men were hunkered down over a meal of roast beef, corned beef and cabbage, lima beans, potatoes, and rice pudding. Maybe a little heavy on the starch, but Colonel Cody and Major Lillie had survived on much worse. And they couldn’t be too picky now either. Edison’s moving picture shows had eaten into the Wild West business. Old pals Cody and Lillie had thrown in together to create the “Buffalo Bill Wild West and Pawnee Bill Far East” Show. By autumn they’d be bankrupt, but for tonight they were still in the game.
Voters Head To The Polls In UK Local Elections
Voters across the UK have been heading to the polls to elect MP's who will represent their interests in their local area. This comes in as part of the UK local elections which had to be postponed from last year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Counting the votes
The political process in the United Kingdom is steeped in tradition, and no part of it is more traditional than the actual process of counting the votes and declaring the result. During a General Election this will happen across the country on election night, with the media anxious to catch each constituency’s declaration and calculate the “swings” that can be used to predict the overall result.
Vote! Before It's Too Late
I have always hated politics. When I became eligible to vote before the 2012 presidential election, I had no intention of voting. In fact, I did not even know who was even running against Barack Obama.