When you are pro-war even the abortion doctors call you "baby-killer."

2004-04-29

Stack the Vote

Ben & Jerry's is holding a publicity stunt to encourage people to vote with its Rock the Vote promotion. If you sign up and register to vote you can get a free iTunes music download and the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Ben & Jerry's plant in Vermont.

I have seen a handful of comments calling to task the heavily Liberal Ben & Jerry's involvement in getting people to vote who would not otherwise (disenfranchised young people who pretty much vote as a bloc for Dimocrats). There are some saying this is bribery (the iTunes free song, the trip) but others say its just way to get anyone to vote.

I'm sorry, but if you need freebies and a trip to convince you to participate in a Presidential election you probably shouldn't be voting for anything until you finish growing up into adulthood.

My real problem with the campaign is the subtle "hints" that are dropped around around the edge that are blatantly biased against Republicans and George W. Bush. The Ben & Jerry's tag line is "Turn it around" under the word "VOTE" spelt backwards. So the voting needs to be turned around this time? Turned around against the incumbent or the candidate currently leading in the polls (George Bush in both cases)?

Another element that is implied via the Choose or Loose campaign which aims to get 20 million new voters is that if only a few more people had voted last time the preferred candidate would have officially won. I guess if that had happened there would not have been a recession or a Sept. 11 attacks because the entire world would breathe a collective sigh of relief at the notion that the status quo would be maintained (that is, economic chicanery hiding the declining economy and the terrorist threat from Al Queda that had been actively targeting the USA since 1993).

The Choose or Loose compaign again implies that if you don't vote (against Bush) this time, you will really be screwed. You won't be able to choose who to marry (you can choose anyone you want now as long as they are of the opposite sex, you can't marry a child to get a marriage and child tax credit simultaneously, sorry). You won't be sent to war (a war we didn't ask for and in fact had to deal with after nearly 8 years of attacks that went unanswered by Bill Clinton). Your taxes will be used to give tax cuts to the wealthy (only the wealthy actually pay any taxes at this point). And heaven forbid your Social Security will be taken away (not due to the mismanagement and misspending over the entire history of the program, but because Bush wants to take some of the "money" and put it in a savings account for you to actually accrue interest for a change).

Call it what you want, these promotions and "grass roots" campaigns to "get out the vote" have a purpose all right, to get more Dimocrats registered to fight the growing Conservative swing of America. A swing that is finally fighting back against the amoral Left that wants to fuck anything that moves, take any drugs and have the working-wealthy pay for it all (except celebrities who are actually "normal" people who just happen to have 4 multi-million dollar homes and 5-6 cars that individually cost more than most people make in one year).

It won't work guys, you are underestimating the lethargy of your voting bloc. And our people tend to be more energetic and enthusiastic about doing grown up things such as voting instead of IM'ing and playing XBOX all night and sleeping all day.