Americans should be ashamed of themselves

Election turnout rate tops 40 percent
Highest midterm response since 1990

40.4 percent, compared with 39.7 percent in 2002. Apparently, all the outrage over Iraq and corruption and George Bush in general was enough to get an extra 0.7% of registered voters to the polls. How upset can people really be if they can’t be bothered to do something about it?

There’s a reason that our government is what it is. There’s a reason that [enter party name here] lawmakers can get away with what they get away with. There’s a reason that this change won’t bring much change.

That reason is 60% of registered voters didn’t vote. Never mind the millions of American citizens that aren’t even registered…a quick search tells Murdoc that only about 65% or so of American citizens ages 18 and up are even registered in the first place. So 40% of 65% equals only 26% of those eligible actually cast ballots.

Regardless of all the outrage (or, maybe, lack thereof), our turnout is just plain shameful.


  1. KB: Well done, Minnesota! Bram: Well, there’s that, of course. I don’t mean to suggest that people should have just got up and went voting all of a sudden. along with the privledge of voting SHOULD come the responsibility to know what you’re doing. Sadly, that often isn’t the case. And I also don’t mean to suggest that the Republicans would have done better if more people had voted.

  2. Murdoc, Not sure if you are being sarcastic – did you see who was elected in MN? I felt bad that a crook got elected to the Senate in NJ – a least he’s not an apologist for Jihadists.

  3. Indeed it is shameful. Pretty bad when Iraqis have to brave death threats to get to the polls, and yet their turnout percentage is so much higher than ours. The things we take for granted….

  4. murdoc that is 7 E-3 x 3E8 = 21 E 5 or 2.1 MILLION PEOPLE thats a good turnout. the highest ever in america was barely topping 50 percent. there are alot of registered voters, remember that the total turnout was over 120 million people. Thats 120 million people , again. Iraq is small. Vermont has a huge turnout. easier to do with a small region.

  5. Bram: Maybe I need to look closer at who all those MN voters elected. Regardless, I think we’d be better off with more voters who know more voting more often. Andi: US voters complain and stay home when the weather is bad. The griping I had to listen to in 2004 while waiting outside the polling place was dumb, considering that instead of cool rainy weather for an hour or so, Iraqis had to brave threats of machine gun fire and bombs. And then, after they’ve voted, they have to be afraid that the wrong person recognized them and will exact revenge on them or their family members. That ANY Iraqis voted still amazes me. Turner: The big boost in voting numbers due to outrage was, once again a 0.7% increase. That’s laughable. The number of registered voters who actually voted was 40%. That’s laughable. The number of voting-eligible Americans who voted was (by my rough math) 26%. That’s laughable.

  6. I have to admit that when I was reading about the voter turnout in ‘DFL’ Minnesota, I wasn’t quite sure if I should be proud of Minnesotans, or wishing some of them had stayed home! At least Pawlenty was re-elected as governor. It’s strange that a DFLer hasn’t been in office as MN governor since that great year of ’88. (That was one year Murdoc did go back to MN…at least for one rockin’ week.) Well, who ever is in there, hopefully they can deal with some of the keys issues the state is dealing with, like education funding. It’s like Murdoc has sort of been saying…these people have now been elected, let’s get behind them to make some decent decisions. I am sure some of them find it challenging to do so, but anyway. One thing that is funny living overseas is that America is often seen as one. When I go home (or at election time), it looks more like two sides. Which is natural when you have people of differing opinions, but I sort of forget about that when I am over here and looking back at the ‘United’ States. Speaking of the U.S. and A., we just had the first two F-16’s delivered to Poland this week. They are not too far from my place, and I hope to go out and see them on Saturday when they are on display for Poland’s Independence Day. I’ll try to send some pictures, even though it is not like any MO reader hasn’t ever seen a picture of an F-16! Watching the news here last night was pretty cool. ‘We are safer now.’ I missed this, but my friend said they even had the priest out there at the air base blessing the planes with holy water!

  7. Vipers rock. KB, did you get ones with helmet-mounted sights? I think the latest models have that. (Block 70 or something?) Regardless, it’s a maneuverable little plane with decent range and capabilities for a low price.

  8. …not as low as the low, low prices the Russians are asking of course. But if you get a plane at Crazy Putin’s House of Discount Fighter Jets, it won’t withstand too much flight time before it starts to fall apart, so you probably end up paying more in the long run. I heard that the East German MiG-29s (derated export version) burnt/leaked engine oil like there was no tomorrow. I also heard that Soviet pilots didn’t get anywhere near as much practice time as American ones, because their planes couldn’t take the punishment of constant flying.

  9. Well, we got within 3 kilometers of the air base today. We parked and were told that we couldn’t walk onto the base and the only entry for the public was on buses. So, we walked a couple of blocks the other way toward the bus stop. Hundreds were already in line there. The buses that were coming in from the city were already packed and didn’t even open their doors at the stop we were waiting at. Policeman directing traffic at this strange and narrow intersection were yelling at people. It was crazy to see the thousands of people trying to get out there! Since we really had no way to get on the base from there, we had two young boys with us, and it was cold, we decided to get out of there. We probably screwed up by trying to get too close to the base, instead of going with our original plan of hitting a park and ride farther away. So, I have no pictures for you…except for a bunch of cars, crowds of people and full buses driving by us. I was sort of disappointed, but then I thought it was pretty cool to see so many thousands of people wanting to step foot on the air base and check out the F-16’s, among other things. A couple of other notes from the television coverage earlier in the week. First, they made a point of saying that the F-16’s are replacing the old Soviet planes. I wished I had been in the production meeting to see if they were including that to simply report the news, or intentionally emphasizing that this is another move away from the past and Russia. It seems Poland takes advantage of taking any shots they can at Russia, so I wouldn’t doubt the latter rational. Second, the other thing shown was the protesters van being loaded up with flags and banners. Maybe they ended up stationing themselves by the entrance, where I never got to, but I didn’t come across any protests along the way. So, that is all I got for you from Poznan, Poland!