Jay Cronley: The voting counts, even if the vote doesn't
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Sunday, October 28, 2012
10/28/12 at 6:16 AM
Voting for president in Oklahoma and other states painted in indelible colors can seem like playing the lottery.
It's like watching your child compete.
You know what the outcome will be.
You're going to lose the lottery money and your child will do well.
What's to be gained with a minuscule contribution to a foregone conclusion?
How could a single little vote out of 170 million votes cast nationwide matter in the slightest?
Might a political donation from here help create a commercial that convinces an undecided voter in Florida to go your way?
Is it possible that a person in Oklahoma could stand at the voter's booth and channel through positive thought an impression that would reach an undecided voter in Ohio?
How can your vote count when it has already been counted?
All (interesting) politics is local: Votes seem to mean more concerning state and local races and issues.
They're circling the 757's on the "Vision2; Yeah But" countywide issue aimed at keeping what's left of American Airlines, and fixing some stuff, and sprucing up other stuff, out there in the field.
Yeah but, we promise not to blow the money on anybody who might up and leave.
Yeah but, we promise not to fix things that don't need fixing.
Anything that mixes local politicians and money gets emotional fast.
And the local races involving individuals are heating up with some of the candidates packing heat in their commercials, blasting away at what they consider to be dumb ideas with real guns and ammo.
Imagine the metal detector at a local debate.
Vote because you can: A pit-stop state benefits the most if its beloved candidate is elected president.
A pit-stop state is one where the candidate is so heavily favored that he only drops in a few times a year to pick up the contribution money.
Hey, down here.
We're the ones keeping on keeping on while getting ready to vote.
A quick question: Exactly how do our ballots matter?
Too late - they're gone.
There are always reasons that lead a person to vote for president, no matter the preordained numbers, patriotism chief among the feelings.
A vote for president is a way of thanking those who have served in defense of this country.
Also, voting makes you feel good about yourself.
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