Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Not Voting

"Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail." - Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
In accordance with my anarchist principles, I tried just not voting this time around. First time ever. You know what? It felt good!

Some argued for casting a straightforward throw-the-bums-out vote. Which I admit has some appeal, but the problem with voting Democrat is that even after all this time, all the incompetence, all the lying, all the full-bore idiocy of the current administration, I somehow can't manage to convince myself the Dems would have done much better. Different, I'll grant. We'd certainly have different problems in a Dem administration or with a Dem congress. But different is not the same thing as better. There's a lot of ruin in a nation - things could be better, but other things could be worse. Having been lied to and disappointed too many times before by both sides, I'm just not buying it any more. Go ahead and play the game if you must, but deal me out. I abstain. And in abstaining, I withdraw my moral sanction from the outcome.


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