Reader Mail: No politics for me!


One Hoboken411 reader is absolutely not interested in local level politics – and cannot stand getting pestered by phone surveys and polls. What advice do you have for her?

hoboken campaign voicemail hell - Reader Mail: No politics for me!

Campaign voicemail hell

“Back in September, I registered to vote in the state of NJ so I could participate in the 2008 Presidential Election and ever since I’ve been inundated with calls from various Hoboken political campaigners.

I don’t own property here in Hoboken (I rent) and I don’t have children in the school system. Call me lazy, call me irresponsible, but I don’t care about who’s running for Mayor or that I should vote yes for the public schools, and I certainly don’t want their useless voicemail messages clogging up my inbox.

How do these people have my number and more importantly, how can I get off their list?”

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Thursday, April 23, 2009 10:00 am

[quote comment=”150689″]i agree with katie; we, the people, are responsible for our democratic form of government. abdication of the people leads to dictatorships.[/quote]

professor, we have a republican form of government, not a democratic form. The Founders saw democratic forms of government where they came from, and the peril there was mobocracy which can lead to dictatorship. With a republican form of government (definitely not available with democratic forms), true representation of the people giver rights to the minority party in power than cannot be over powered by the majority party in power (unless super majority which more resembles a democratic form).


Anyhow, the rest of the post made sense though.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:50 am

[quote comment=”150681″]Voting is more than a right, it’s a responsibility. If you’re not able to handle that responsibility, perhaps you’re best suited for living with your parents in the basement collecting unemployment while playing nintendo Wii on your 42″ plasma tv like any other non-functioning member of society. :roll:[/quote]

Taking care of yourself is also a responsibility. But way too many voters (state, local, federal) vote to shift that responsibility from themselves onto someone else. If it were income based, I could accept some level of that. But here in Hoboken, it is based on “who you know” or “does some politician need my vote – wink, wink, nod, nod”. It is the arbitrariness and the complete wastefullness of these policies that have many Democrats AND Republicans on the same page in Hoboken elections. Down w/ the Kleptocrats! Down w/ those that enrich themselves at our expense!

Thursday, April 23, 2009 8:13 am

“All Politics is Local” by Tipp O’Neill is very true in the upcoming May 12 election. Vote Absentee, in person, but VOTE ❗ We must have a stable budget and return our city to a governing body that will take us out of state takeover and give the authority and responsibility back to OUR elected officials so that we can hold them accountable.

professor pinetop
professor pinetop
Thursday, April 23, 2009 7:07 am

i agree with katie; we, the people, are responsible for our democratic form of government. abdication of the people leads to dictatorships.

although hudson county local politics can seem intense, involvement means you get to meet more of your neighbors and instills a sense of community.

your vote in local and school board elections has more clout than your vote in presidential elections (how relevant was new jersey’s presidential primary last year?).

think of the posters, ads, door-knockers and calls as part of a glorious pageant!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009 12:01 am

With all the recent douchebaggery, how can any Hoboken resident NOT care about who gets elected mayor? We’re *this* close to getting the torches out, for goodness sakes.

Reader, pleeeeeeeeeeeeze.

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