To vote or not to vote. That is the question.
My answer is not to vote. I don’t choose to. Politics and all its feeble and filthy trappings don’t appeal to me. It’s not one of my hobbies. I enjoy writing, playing golf, following the news from my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, and rooting for the Yankees, among a multitude of other things that do not include politics. If I ever run out of distractions, I have my family to enjoy and can reminisce about my other family of friends that I spent time with studying abroad in Angers, France.
Let’s look at what the normal voting process involves. One must register, which is no big deal. It makes sense to track and regulate this facet for the sake of statistics and avoiding multiple ballots being cast by individuals. Now comes the distasteful part from my perspective. You go to vote and you usually have a choice of a number of candidates in primaries and even fewer in national or state type elections. You are choosing from people who want to be a politician. Why? I’m sure they explain their platform in a number of ways but a paradox surfaces at a couple levels. Number one, a person invests money – a lot of money – to get a job that pays far less than the investment. The cynic in me figures it has to be that he/ she figures they can make up the difference through lobbyist payouts, political favoritism, and blatant bribes. Witness the absurd and obscene financial worth of career politicians. The second paradox evolves from the first. Would you want either a person who is dumb enough to invest more money than he/she gets in return (ergo an idiot business person) or a person who is a thief? However, when one goes to vote, they are, in fact, doing just that – choosing one or the other.
I have heard all the sophomoric arguments from staunch, brainwashed people who believe it is unthinkable that a person would not vote, which supposedly is some type of inalienable right. There are a multitude of subjective, weak arguments posed by this sector of the population. The one quote, though, that always stuck in my mind was from Mark Twain who said “If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let you do it!”
The two greatest and perpetuating scams foisted upon humans are organized religion and voting/politics. People are brainwashed from an early age by those brainwashed before them. They usually are devoid of critical thinking, rarely peeling back the layers, constantly questioning reasons why, despite their native intelligence. It’s a Catch 22, so to speak. The information they cling to like a sacred cow has been handed down and postulated by people they trust and believe in, whether it be family, teachers, scholars, and the like. There is an inner sense of loyalty to the information from whence it came. So, in essence, to repudiate it would be a betrayal of who or what they consider an authority. However, if they dig deep into their intellectual stores, they would likely conclude that it really doesn’t make a difference one way or the other.
Let’s just focus on voting formulated for the highest level, national elections. Predominantly, the voter is given a choice of two candidates, currently a democrat and a republican. Two choices out of millions of people. The assumption is that one is different than the other. They are not. They are the same – politicians who ultimately perform in the same manner, prevalent for decades, doing what is expedient to serve those who fund their lifestyles (lobbyists, big pharma, and other special interest groups), and spout enough rhetoric to be re-elected so they can continue year after year to do nothing relevant. So, your candidate is elected then summarily abandons his/her platform due to political maneuvering. Congratulations on the vote you cast.
There are so many scenarios that can be extrapolated from the quagmire of politics that it would take volumes to even scratch the surface. I choose not to vote and it amazes me how many people do not respect my right with the same objectivity that I respect their right to vote. Voting and not voting are personal choices. Nothing more, nothing less. Mustard or ketchup. Coke or Pepsi. Baseball or football. Democrat or republican. That’s it. Anyone who ascribes any higher rank to such a practice has been brainwashed and likely avoids thinking beyond what they’ve been taught and told, lacking the ability to think deeper or see an alternate side to their own belief. They contradict the principle of freedom of choice for someone else when it doesn’t coincide with their standard. Or, from another perspective, they are obtaining personal gain from the practice. Money and status are two perks to support voting. Of course, there is also the element of feeling relevant. I am being asked for my opinion. Wow, they must really think I have something to offer. I’m wanted! Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but I refer back to the Mark Twain quote I cited earlier.
One of the inaner arguments that I have heard from the hollow barrels of pro-voting blowhards is “You didn’t vote so you can’t complain about what the government is doing.” How stupid is that? To paraphrase a George Carlin response to this obvious idiocy, he says that since he didn’t vote, he’s the only one that can complain because he had nothing to do with the individual(s) getting elected. There is a plethora of other similar arguments that justify the voter’s stance, which is human nature – justify one’s actions instead of believing and adhering to the logical concept that there are choices. Humans possess the blessing and curse of being able to think and therefore twist rhetoric to support what they believe and subvert opposing views. I just want to say it’s OK. Other people might have a different viewpoint that is just as valid as yours. Grow up and get on with existence and stop worrying about or trying to control everyone else’s.
I recently read that if you don’t vote, you are supporting the platform of the incumbents which, to some, is highly distasteful. Again, an example of another false statement and mimicking what has been heard or force-fed by other like-minded individuals. No one can determine what I support just because how I go about expressing my opinion doesn’t agree with what they think or how they believe it should be done. That is childish to say the least! Perhaps I believe both sides running for elected positions are full of crap (I do). What then? It’s like being asked if I’d rather die by being burned to death or my head chopped off. Come on, folks! Give me a viable alternative.
And if we can’t arrive at a common ground, let’s expand the number of people to vote for. Then there would be a better chance of alternatives where we would not be saddled choosing the filth of a career politician or some wannabe trying to cash in on self-interest group payola at the nearest millionaire machine.
I believe in everyone’s right to make personal choices in their life that agrees with their principles. If anyone cannot support such practice, regardless of their personal viewpoint on an issue, they are hypocrites, plain and simple.