And Then There’s The Case for Not Voting…

Read it here. Which I lean to more and more.

Money shots:

Defending non-voting in bars across this great land, I often hear the ultimate “shut up”—that if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about politics or society. The reality is the exact opposite: By voting, you are playing a game whose rules are that the majority vote winner gets to control the reins of government, in all its unspeakable power. If you complain about the results of the game you chose to play, you’re just being a sore loser—or winner.

But what if you believe that neither “winnable” candidate deserves power? Or that the whole game of majority-rule giving someone all the powers of the modern American state to wage war, arrest, tax, and regulate is inherently illegitimate? Then, don’t vote, and complain all you want.

The best part, though?

So, this [election day], do the right thing for America: go to work and do a good job. Clean up some garbage on your street. Help a neighbor out. Call your mother, for goodness’ sakes.

Comments

  1. Frank says:

    In part, I agree with the argument. I have not liked either Presidential candidate for the last several elections. On the other hand, I have also voted libertarian in the past as that party at least came close to my philosophical view.
    I have to admit, this election was tough. I didn’t care much for either candidate, although one scared me more. The final straw was an article regarding the open Federal judgeships. These benches are open due to the Democrats steadfast and pugnacious refusal to approve anyone Bush appointed. I have followed some of the cases and found that the claims made by the Democrats were often outright lies, not even half truths. So, the thought of someone who wants out government to take a greater role in my life having the ability to appoint judges, and likely Supreme Court Justices, does not sit well.