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[News] The Caw: Torrey Smith's Voting Dilemma

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A bunch of Ravens are heading out to the polls to vote, and encourage others to do the same.

[url=http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/The-Caw-Torrey-Smiths-Voting-Dilemma/0ff2153f-512c-481c-91ea-fe3c90b41d1e]View the full article[/url]
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Regardless of which side of the spectrum, the above quotes told me these players were giving serious consideration and are doing so in a civil way! Good job Ravens players.
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[i]*Please be reminded that this article is pointing out that our Ravens are exercising their civic duty with the right to vote, and are encouraging others to exercise that right as well, irrespective of your political persuasion. [/i]

[i]Thanks for being good role models for our community and country, while reminding us that exercising our right to vote is a uniquely personal decision that we all take seriously![/i]
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Wow...never thought about the election from a player's point of view. Such a conundrum...

I'm glad we just don't have the typical "dumb" athletes representing our team.

"Without thought we are nothing!"
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Torrey just wrote this regarding THIS article: "That article made it seem like I was a fan of Romney if you read it a certain way....I'm not...I'm all for OBAMA"
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I think that it's great that there was a fantastic turnout at the polls today! We can't make a difference if we are voting couch potatoes.
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How is it you guys can post ANYTHING relating to politics and then delete my post talking about how I personally don't vote in presidential elections due to the electoral college, but encourage voting for represenatives and senators not only due to the greater power they wield, but because they are elected via direct election? I didn't say who was right or wrong or give any political views other than what I just mentioned, go figure...gotta love freedom of completely civil speech huh? Oh wait...
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[quote name='Corvus' timestamp='1352236602' post='1212346']
How is it you guys can post ANYTHING relating to politics and then delete my post talking about how I personally don't vote in presidential elections due to the electoral college, but encourage voting for represenatives and senators not only due to the greater power they wield, but because they are elected via direct election? I didn't say who was right or wrong or give any political views other than what I just mentioned, go figure...gotta love freedom of completely civil speech huh? Oh wait...
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Well, I missed your deleted post, so my question is, was it related in any way to the team or its players, the way this article reflected on the thoughts of some of the team's players? If not, then it was out of place and self-serving.
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Discussing the electoral college has nothing to do with the Ravens or their players or the message to go out and vote .
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You are correct in that this is a football forum, not a political one. This article was just stating that our Ravens were exercising their right to vote as is their civic duty, and encourging us to do our duty as well. How one votes is not up to political discourse. Who one chooses to vote for is a personal and private decison.
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@Grapple Raven

So in other words the article should have read: The Ravens go out to vote. With no blog box.
Should his vote reflect his current [friends] or his former ones? Yeah I'm being a bit controversial now.
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Please no more politics....Glad today will be over soon....I have been on political overload for 18 months.
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Why even bring the politics of voting in general if this is a sports related site? People are already encouraged to vote everywhere else we turn, was it neccessary to do it again in the guise of Ravens players voting? The website's staff invited discussion the minute they posted this blog...Whatever, enough of this and I'll get back to talking about our team on our team's website.
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[i]@ Hardknocks[/i]

[i]Political discussions can and rightfully so, be very controversial as some people are as passionate about politics as they are about football. As moderators, we have to do the best we can to keep the boards as friendly as possible by keeping the discussion on topic. No one has any intention of squashing anyone's right to free speech, just trying to keep the article in the confines to which it was written. Hope you understand.

Sincerely Grapple[/i]
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[font=times new roman,times,serif][color=#4B0082]It's kinda funny, I'm just a highschooler and I just finished studying the U.S. government and more specifically, the election process. The whole political realm intrigues me. I believe that your vote is very important from your mayor to your representatives and senators, your governor, and yes even your presidential vote matters. Every president starts somewhere, your mayor could work his way up to representative or senator, and possibly become the President of the U.S. I also believe that your vote is a private and an esspecially personal matter, and that it's often wise to keep it as that, private. You don't have to answer when someone asks who you voted for because we as a people tend to judge one-another because of who we vote for, just look at facebook right now. I just suggest wise judgement on who, when and where you discuss political matters. I like to see various points of view of how the vote affects different people. I've heard from Republican friends and Democratic friends but this point of view is the most intriguing I've seen yet; a football player's. Not just any football player, but my favorite football player, Torrey Smith. I see how the vote affects the upper, middle, and lower classes, but this is a mix between the classes. I really appreciate how Torrey took the time to really think about how [s]the[/s] HIS vote would affect different areas of his life. Torrey didn't just vote Republican because he's a Republican or vice-versa. He didn't just vote Democrat because President Obama is African-American. He really sat down a looked at all the dynamics. So I just encourage those who haven't voted to really take a moment to pray and think about how YOUR vote affects you and those around you. Oh yeah, and PLEASE respect the moderators. We may not like what they do sometimes, but they're Americans who are told to do their job a certain way just like the rest of us. God Bless America Tonight.[/color][/font]

[font=times new roman,times,serif][color=#4B0082][b]Rise and Conquer!!! :baltimore-ravens: :iwojima: [/b][/color][/font]
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@Grapple Raven

Cool, I understand and I'm glad you addressed it.

Thank you,
HardKnocks
'RavensForever'
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I'm not voting so IDC who gets elected.Vote cary williams for president. he cna't cover a WR at all but he can look good in a suit.
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[quote name='Rhaeiven' timestamp='1352240576' post='1212409']
[font=times new roman,times,serif][color=#4B0082]Oh yeah, and PLEASE respect the moderators. We may not like what they do sometimes, but they're Americans getting paid to do their job a certain way just like the rest of us. God Bless America Tonight.[/color][/font]

[font=times new roman,times,serif][color=#4B0082][b]Rise and Conquer!!! :baltimore-ravens: :iwojima: [/b][/color][/font]
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Thanks for your kind words, but just wanted to let you know we're volunteers, not paid employees.
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[sup]I agree that this ia not a place for political posts. I'm a veteran and take voting very seriously, I'm glad that the Ravens take voting seriously also. Noty matter who or what you support it's important to vote[/sup]
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I love that the Ravens have people who aren't just consumed with football that they don't follow things outside of the game. :) I saw Harbaugh in Hunt Valley a little after 7 this morning doing his civic duty. It's great to see the enthusiasm! :)
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I am so happy to live in a country where citizens are free to cast their votes. Remember to thank a veteran on Monday.
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Hahaha... I like how everyone misses the point; this isn't an article about "football" just football players. And the lifestyle or life moments that come about.
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I raised my children to be independent thinkers, and, like Torrey, to vote their conscience. For the first time all three of them went to the polls, and called to say how proud they were to be part of the process.

Today, in Maryland, I took my 77 yr old mother (recovering from a stroke)to vote. While I waited for her, an even older lady in a wheelchair came out from the booth, and I thought about what she had seen in her life, and as we smiled and nodded at each other, I have never been prouder to be an American.

Thank you, cobrajet.

And thank you, Torrey, for reminding us that, despite our difference in opinions, we are all one family.
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Who here is glad the election is [b]over[/b]?

Now can we please stop with the political stories on this site?
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[quote name='Moderator 6' timestamp='1352290969' post='1212652']
Who here is glad the election is [b]over[/b]?

Now can we please stop with the political stories on this site?
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This election sucked. Who's better, bad or worse?
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