Vote TODAY! / Are you kidding me?

What’s all this fuss I hear about the youth of today saying don’t vote in today’s election?
It’s their civic duty to vote right now! They’ve got to get out to the polls and make their voice heard. Who cares about a little snow today, you can walk to the polls if you have to, I’ve done it in my day. But there’s no excuse for not casting your ballots today – you need to…

{Chevy Chase} Uh, excuse me; Miss Litella. The election is NEXT Tuesday, not today.

{Miss Litella} Pardon? I thought I saw that Ohio was voting today.

{Chevy Chase} No, presidential elections always occur on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November. It’s still October.

{Miss Litella} Oh. Never mind.


Yes, I’m planning to vote absentee today, since on election day I’ll be volunteering at ApacheCon. But looking at the ballot questions we have here in our great Commonwealth, I wonder: are you kidding me?

Question 1: Are you kidding me? Sure, you could vote yes on 1 if you:

  • Don’t have children
  • Don’t ever plan to have children
  • Don’t need an well-educated workforce in 10 years
  • Don’t drive across many bridges around here
  • Don’t plan on getting sick

While the MA government machinery could use improvements, I’ll go so far as to say it’s reckless to blindly chop 40% of it’s budget in just two years.

Question 2: Are you kidding me, dude?

Isn’t the main difference between alcohol and marijuana legislation an issue of social history? From the medical perspective, I’m really not sure I get the “danger” of marijuana, especially compared to alcohol. I don’t necessarily buy the specific ways they wrote the proposed legislation, but I really do wonder why it’s legally so bad to smoke something that’s likely to be notably less bad for you than alcohol will be. (Note: smoking in general – yuck! Feel free to do it downwind.)

Don’t get me wrong: I definitely recognize the larger danger of MA passing 2 and “semi-legalizing” marijuana. I foresee some of the rest of the nation screaming to kick us out of the union, since that’d clearly mean Massachusetts liberals have taken yet another crazy step past equal marriage, and we’d no longer be fit to be seen with. In the short term, this would be disastrous for Massachusetts, given the expense of importing everything across hostile borders, like food (Florida oranges), workers (southern New Hampshire), and sports teams to oppose (New York). But in the long term, this would be a huge blow to the rest of the country, for being deprived of our revolutionary spirit, and the graduates of Harvard, MIT and all the rest.

Question 3: Are you kidding me? What year is this?

Haven’t we done this before? In terms of fundamentals, I’m not sure I see the huge social connection and benefit of dog racing outweighing basic decency to animals. Again, I question the timeline and the details of the legislation, I’d be happier with more details, and thorough plans to make transitions for businesses and dogs alike. But I think I have to plead the dog’s case here, although I have to admit I’m a cat person myself.

In terms of the rest of the races, I’ll just point out a beautiful photo of a ballot (absentee).