Dienstag, 7. Oktober 2008
I want YOU for registration!
The American Government generally does not want its citizens to vote (they successfully manage to scare away almost half the population from the polls or just keep them stupid enough for them not to care. Hence, they make it extra hard for everyone to participate in the “democratic” process. In order to make sure that they are still considered a democracy, they have to put up elections every four years, however. As most of you have probably realized, November 4th will be the day of the next election in this country.
One of the main means to prevent as many people from voting as possible (other than keeping them stupid through TV), is voter registration. Americans need to be registered in the government’s database in order to vote. If you are not registered, you will not be able to vote on election day!
There are, however, agencies who have realized the governments secret plans and are trying to subvert these plans. On Friday, one day before the official end of registrations, I joined one of these groups in their quest to undermine the system and get people to register for the election. Quite a tough job in the pouring rain.
Yet, I did find some lost souls who had not yet registered.
After reading in the Graduate Lounge for a couple of hours, I went to the GPSS Graduate Fall Reception. It is a social where graduate students get free food and free booze. There was some live music and dancing, but starting 5:30, they kicked people out by 9pm.
Of course, a Friday night cannot end at 9 pm and so we went on to a housewarming party, which was successfully dissolved shortly after midnight by the local police, including a ticket for the noise. Yet, caring as the local security is, they announced over their bullhorn that the party was going to continue at a nearby restaurant/bar.