TUMBLE THE VOTE!
Tomorrow is The Big Day - and while all our blogging and live GIFing has undoubtedly prepared you to exercise your civic duty with glee, here are a few more Tumblrs we recommend consulting in these last remaining hours to equip, inform, entertain and inspire you:
Our Time - Pledge to vote today & prep for tomorrow by looking up your polling place. Watch their newest video from Errol Morris to find out how to respond to your friends who say they’re not voting.
TheBallot.org - It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there’s a lot more at stake in this election than who fills the office of the President. Hit up TheBallot to familiarize yourself with your local ticket, customize your ballot, and share with friends to help inform their vote.
#GOVOTE - Over 100 artists have contributed new, original designs to the movement to Get Out The Vote on Nov 6. Collect them all!
CNN’s Change the List - Can this new experimental project from CNN succeed in moving Hawaii up the ranks from the lowest voter turnout in America? Stay tuned…
Current TV- Welcome Current to Tumblr this election season by following their election day live-tumbling tomorrow.
Dispatch - A new app from Columbia, Stanford, and Tumblr will be beta-tested on Election Day in NYC - sign up to be part of the testing team, or just tune in tomorrow for live photographic coverage of New Yorkers’ post-Sandy experience at the polls.
We’re excited to have our final, all-star team of guest editors Ari Melber & ShortFormBlog continuing their work right here through Election Day (or until we have a President-elect, whichever comes first). And you can always track the Election 2012 tag for much more election-related content from across the Tumblrverse.
Finally, to celebrate Election Day on Tumblr we’re mashing up GPOY with GOTV and asking you to post photos of yourself voting/at your polling place/with your ballot ready to mail in/wearing your “I Voted” sticker and tag it #GPOTV. If you’ve already voted early, start posting now!
To all of you eligible voters in the USA - get out there tomorrow and make us proud!
Rocky Anderson Knows Mitt Romney Well and Thinks He Has No Integrity
Being trapped in this presidential election’s echo-chamber bombarded with talking points and half-truths from both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, it’s easy to forget that there are third-party candidates out there who are actually saying things and sharing ideas that are worth caring about. Ross “Rocky” Anderson is a perfect example of one of those candidates. The former mayor of Salt Lake City is running for president as the nominee of the Justice Party, which he created to campaign on a platform calling for campaign finance reform and an end to the Bush tax cuts, among other issues. What makes him stand out from other candidates who have similar policy prescriptions is that he worked closely with Romney on the 2002 Winter Olympics—the pair got along so well, they even traded campaign endorsements after the games. Today, Rocky and Romney couldn’t be more diametrically opposed. Rocky’s campaign is based on the novel idea that justice—economic, social, and environmental—is vital for the wellbeing of our nation, while Romney… Well, I don’t think any Republican has said the words “social justice” in the past two years.
Not only is Rocky dissatisfied with Romney, he also believes our government’s current trajectory, which has been set by Barack Obama, is unacceptable. He thinks if the next president governs like it is business as usual, it will lead to catastrophic consequences.
Since I was stuck in Utah thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I decided to take the opportunity to sit down with Rocky and talk to him about his campaign, mobilizing young people, and why Mitt is a slimeball and Barack is a war criminal.
VICE: Why even bother running as a third party candidate?
Ross “Rocky” Anderson: Because this country needs to be taken in a different direction. Although we knew there was no chance of prevailing in the election, we could certainly prevail in helping launch and sustain a broad-based democratic movement that will eventually bring about change.
I thought Obama was going to bring about change?
Those who are elected take advantage of a corrupt system that has brought us the plutocracy we have today. They should never be trusted to reform that system. Today is not unlike the situation before woman’s suffrage or the labor and civil rights movements. There was so much inertia on the part of our elected officials that it took people at the grassroots level organizing, mobilizing, and making it clear that they were not going to let up until there was change. Further complacency by the American people will sustain the status quo and exacerbate it. The mantle of leadership is on all of us, hence the call for an engaged, broad-based citizens’ movement. And that’s what this campaign is all about, that’s what the Justice Party is about. That’s why you’ll hear me talk so much about not just about this election, but what needs to be done beyond this election.
How can we counter voters simply not giving a damn?
We have to pay attention to psychological and linguistic research. For instance, people who are self-described conservatives are much more likely to hang on to their worldview regardless of the facts and the evidence. You can see that with respect to evolution and certainly towards climate change. Our job is to keep paying attention to that research and not to keep rolling Al Gore out to talk about climate change. We need to utilize the religious leaders and the business leaders who can make the case within the context of a lot of people’s pre-existing views and value structures.
It’s interesting that you bring up climate change. I watched all the debates and thought it was strange that the topic wasn’t discussed.
You didn’t watch all of them then, because in the third-party debates, we certainly raised the issue.
New video directed by Joe Ades for PrimeTime Media & Entertainment. Song is produced by K-Hill.
This one addresses everything I deal with in conversation with others or with myself from conforming to what’s popular, racial discrimination, and being seemingly the only rapper who doesn’t smoke weed. In addition to the K-Hill produced “Daily Conversation” there’s a snippet of the BroadNMarket-produced “Got Em” on the end.
Obama candidly showing both his white and black sides
Can’t help feeling bad for the white guy though. Everyone loves bro hugs.
You can see the white dude’s heart break into a million pieces because he didn’t get the ‘cool’ dap.