I’ve taken a hard line recently regarding tomorrow’s elections. I have decided, after twenty years of nearly continuous participation, not to vote on November 2nd. The reasons for my decision are quite simple.
I’m a firm believer in the Investment Theory of Politics (or properly of “party competition,”) explained in brief here. If we take this concept as being both valid and applicable to the US system, and there is overwhelming evidence, then the obvious conclusion one would reach is that voting is irrelevant, except as an exercise or a tradition. Without a doubt, whichever party controls the Legislative Branch, our needs, desires and opinions will be purposely ignored, in favor of the “needs” of corporate elites. Understand that my views here are not simply indifference or frustrated cynicism, merely an informed recognition of reality. There is no choice, there is virtually no change. We now have a faithful reproduction of Soviet Democracy. One party, one winner, except that the winner here is the faithful lapdog of Wall Street, the Property Party and it’s two right wings.
I was asked by a co-worker if I planned to vote. When I replied no, he said he was “sorry to hear that,” and commented about the many brave soldiers who have given their lives for me to have that vote. I gave that sentiment some thought, and I can answer it thus; which would honor their sacrifice more, participating in a cynical, bankrupt mockery of democracy, or engaging in an informed, principled act of resistance?