This is a message to people reading this that live in the U.S. I apologize to my readers from other countries, although if you would like to let Americans know what you think about them choosing to vote or not to vote, please do so in the comments.
For everyone that wants to “make a point” by either
1. Not voting
2. Voting for a third party (because of #3)
3. Looking at it like you’re voting for the lesser of two evils
Let me be clear: Your point will not be heard.
No one will know what your point is.
If you choose not to vote, your point will not be distinguishable from someone who doesn’t give a shit.
It will not change the fact that either Obama, or McCain WILL become president.
I understand some of the reasons that a person would choose not to vote, but there remains one big problem with that. If someone is trying to make a point by literally choosing none of the above by not voting, there is no way to distinguish those people from the ones that don’t care.
When it comes to the numbers and voter turnout, there isn’t even a fine line between apathy and choosing not to choose. There is no line. If you were to not vote, causing one more number to add to the total of people not voting, no one would know why that total is the number it is. Because there is not an option to vote for no one, your “point” gets washed away into the sea of apathetic sheep that are too selfish to care about the future.
I don’t necessarily think a vote for a third party is a wasted vote, but when it comes to an election as important as this one, I don’t think this is the time to show support for more parties so that they are included on the ballot in future elections. I’m all for that, but I don’t think this is the time.
If you are thinking about doing one of the three things above, election day is the WORST time to get your point across.
Please, let’s get the better one of the two people that even have a chance of winning into the White House… THEN you can write letters to congress looking for change, looking for more support of third parties, etc.
Some people believe that if everyone just stopped voting, then the public would take notice. Then presumably, the questions could begin about whether our election process is flawed, or the government itself.
The problem with that is that if smart people stopped voting, the only ones voting would be the stupid ones. What I mean is, if you are smart enough to recognize that there are things wrong with the world, yet you choose not to participate in a manner of boycotting, you are going to let the stupid people dictate your world.
Take a look at these videos.
I don’t mean to display a bias for my political views, and I don’t mean to just make McCain supporters look bad, but these people are clearly ignorant, racist, uninformed, and I think have no business voting.
As you can see, there are some – holy shit are you fucking serious, “category 5″ moronic – type people out there.
I DO NOT want idiots like that deciding who becomes the next leader of the free world. It’s fine if someone chooses to like McCain over Obama, but if their decision is based on lies and rumors, it would kill me if their power in numbers overpowered voters who are actually educated, but choose to make an idiotic point by doing one of the three things above.
(BTW, I tried to find videos of crazy Obama supporters, but I couldn’t. Maybe you can. There are countless videos of crazy McCain supporters.)
Despite the problems with just about everything that has to do with our election process, I really think that voting for the best of the worst is much better than not voting at all.
Even if you do not like either of the candidates, you can’t escape the fact that one of them WILL be president. Let’s go ahead and try and help who you think is the best of the two to get in the White House, and THEN we can work on changing some things that don’t make sense. Don’t you think trying to change things would be harder if the worse of two evils got in?
If the worst guy gets in the White House AGAIN, then wouldn’t your point be even harder to get across?
I feel that there is a problem with people that have strong opinions about these things, and are at least somewhat liberal, and wanting to make change. Too often, efforts that try and make a point are in vain, and don’t end up getting done what they were hoping to get done, and the conservatives that are waiting in the background for them to f up get their people elected by sheer numbers on voting day.
It’s too bad that people that would like to have their voice heard, and to encourage change, often do so by futile means, such as not voting, because they don’t want to bruise their “ideals”.
It’s like saying:
I do not agree with the way this process and this government works, so I’m just going to have to pass on the whole “right to help choose who runs the country I live in”, and hope for the best.”
You can participate in politics in an effort to change it for the better, you can protest things you don’t agree with, you can write letters to congressman… you can do those things any day you want to. But the ONE day that you can participate in helping to set the tone for the next 4-8 years, you might choose to not choose?
WHAT A POINTLESS POINT!!
Standing up for a principle is fine UNLESS it gains you absolutely nothing, or even worse, plays into the hands of your opponents, as I believe will be the case if you don’t vote.
Please cast your vote on election day, or you’re letting complete idiots have that much more influence on the result. Do you really want to do that just to make an impotent statement which the targeted politicians don’t give a shit about anyway?
It’s hard to take your complaints about the government seriously if you couldn’t even be bothered to take a half hour to vote.
The following quotes are from Thomas Jefferson:
A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”
That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.”
Without education Democracy becomes tyranny”.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
By not voting, you are remaining silent.
Don’t be stupid.
If you are reading this on November 3rd or 4th, don’t make excuses. I’m sure it wouldn’t be very difficult to make arrangements with your employer to take a little time off to go vote. Just go do it.