Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 11:37 UTC
In the News "This election won't hinge on technology issues. Just look at prevailing discussions this year at the national level: major candidates have sparred over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the role of government, inane comments on the female body, and to nobody's surprise, the economy. Despite that fact, many decisions will be taken up by the next US president and those in Congress that will affect the world of tech, and by consequence, the real lives of citizens and human beings around the world - from alternative energy, to the use of killer drones, the regulation of wireless spectrum, and policies that aim to control content on the internet. Your chance to vote is just around the corner. Here's what's at stake in tech this election, and how the major candidates could influence our future." Happy voting, American readers. Whatever you pick, please take at least a few minutes to consider that the implications of your choice do not end at the US border.
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RE: Voting
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 6th Nov 2012 16:32 UTC in reply to "Voting"
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The most power you have is at the local level.

This is true, and it's why decentralization of power is so important to making the US government work.

Once the President is chosen, he or she gets to appoint whomever they want to various positions of power.

Many of them have to be approved by Congress, and you can contact your representative and voice your concern.

You do not get to vote on our economic plan, nor do you get to vote on our foreign affairs policies, nor on our net neutrality policy (if we ever get one).

Economic plan and a net neutrality policy are functions of Congress, and you can contact your representative to voice your concerns.

The President does get a free hand in Foreign policy, but all treaties have to be ratified by Congress. You can contact your representative...

If I'm sounding like a broken record, it's because voting is only a small piece of the puzzle, that ultimately doesn't matter much in a national election due to scale.

People think they can vote, and they don't have to do anything until the next election. Unfortunately, people have to stay actively involved in all levels of government to get one that works for them, even if people who don't vote.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips

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RE[2]: Voting
by Tuishimi on Tue 6th Nov 2012 20:49 in reply to "RE: Voting"
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Ah! Another libertarian? I really wish we could shake up the 2 party system in place. I vote for libertarians locally whenever I get the chance, but... they rarely, if ever, make it into office. It HAS to be a democrat or republican... anyone else are crazy fringe politicians... (or at least that seems to be the mindset).

Sometimes it all feels hopeless.

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RE[3]: Voting
by Flatland_Spider on Wed 7th Nov 2012 05:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Voting"
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I am indeed. ;)

I do what I can as well, but any politician that isn't a Republican is classified as being part of the crazy fringe here in Oklahoma.

I feel you, but we have to keep speaking up to keep from getting over looked.

Edited 2012-11-07 05:26 UTC

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RE[2]: Voting
by demetrioussharpe on Thu 8th Nov 2012 14:16 in reply to "RE: Voting"
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Many of them have to be approved by Congress, and you can contact your representative and voice your concern.

A process that's completely circumvented since presidents more routinely use executive agreements with foreign leaders. Executive agreements don't have to be approved by anyone. In fact, congress requests that the presidents at least give them copies so that they'll know that's going on; but that's just a request, the president doesn't actually HAVE to do so.

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