November 02, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
As politically minded as I am, and as critical as I am of the current administration, folks seem to think it odd that I don't vote. My left-leaning friends are appalled - offended, even, that I would vocally champion a cause, but do nothing about it when it comes time to actually vote. They don't understand why I wouldn't try to influence politics with my given right to cast my ballot.

I'm all for influencing policy change on issues about which I feel strongly. I'm all about telling a politician exactly how I feel, and encouraging others to do the same. I do not, however, support the idea of voting people into office in order to create a majority vote among representatives - I think that doing so is playing the game of politics, and I'm not interested in that. The whole idea of "let's win this politician over to our side, in order to offset the vote of another politician" just perpetuates the horrors of our broken political system. I'm sick of it.

Furthermore, when electronic voting machines in Florida and Texas are rigged functioning improperly, causing the casting of a ballot one way to result in the vote for the oppositing political party, the whole system is just stupid. There's too much incentive for politicans to win the vote; the cynic in me can't take anything a politician says without feeling like it's a sales pitch, and every instance of "voting malfunction" has to be viewed as a fraudulant attempt to win more votes.

Bleah. Democracy.
np category: politics


Mark Glesne said:
No surprise here: we come from two different sides of the spectrum on this one.

I guess you can lump me in with your friends who are "appalled" at those who refuse to vote.

However, they say not voting is like a vote for the other side - which would be my side in this case.

So keep up the good work!


November 07, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
What's to say that I wouldn't have voted for particular conservative issues or candidates, if I was a voter? I don't think down party lines, Mark... so why would I vote down party lines?
November 07, 2006

Mark Glesne said:
I guess we'll never know...
November 07, 2006

deek said:
What I read from this post is that you are above playing the political game. I get: the game is unfair so I won't play it; fix it and I will play.

What world do you live in? The one that has a perfect political system no one has to work on? You are privileged, you've had a good life. In light of what I know about you, you have don't have that much to complain about, and you are too good to take an hour or so to vote? Hmmm.

Answer me this, how do expect to influence public policy. Is there a special club, we don't know about?

Politics are dirty. So are people. Please join us in the mudpit!

November 07, 2006

wonder said:
OK, so the system sucks.

If you refuse to vote, you give up all right to call for it to be changed.

November 08, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
I don't think that social issues like hunger, homelessness, and violence need any more politics. People in those situations don't need your vote. They need your help.

Politics is a game - the fuel of politics is not the issues politicians say they stand behind, but rather the votes they can garner. I'm not interested. I'd rather help people and lend my time and energy elsewhere.

November 08, 2006

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