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This Voting Thing . . .

On the eve of Super Tuesday, I hope to plant a seed of renewed principle with any voters reading this.

The flaw with the philosophy of the typical voter is that it’s usually unwittingly driven by one of two (or both) lies.  We’ve generally bought the ideas that voting against someone is more important than voting for someone and that any vote not cast for a mainstream candidate is a wasted vote.

1) Voting against Someone is more Important than Voting for Someone
It happens every election cycle that the sitting president or party has made such an unprecedented wreck of things that they must be elected out at all costs. This is “the lesser of two evils” mentality, and we use it to ease our anguish over using our vote to promote a candidate we find undesirable.

It’s a trap of logic and also a primary tactic of the partisan trying to gain favor for a candidate he knows can’t stand on his own merits.

Conveniently, these two “evils” are our only “legitimate” choices; “they are the only ones with the experience or the coffers to have a real shot at winning.”  Nevermind that their experience is laden with Machiavellian maneuvering that is typically in direct proportion to the content of their coffers.

2) Any Vote not Cast for a Mainstream Candidate is a Wasted Vote
And not only is such a vote wasted on a candidate who “can’t” win but it also takes a critical vote away from the “lesser evil” candidate above, thus effectively being a vote for the “greater evil”.

See the flaw there?  Another trap of the partisan hack.  It attacks the very spirit of free elections and teeters on coercion to channel all would-be voters into two choices that, in reality, lead us to very similar destinations.

I tend to think the only wasted vote is a compromised one.

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Only about half of legal voters in this country vote.  Sure, the reasons for non-voters are manifold: they don’t understand the process; work shifts prevent them from voting and they aren’t aware of alternate avenues to the process; they simply don’t care.

A significant number, however, are split between either protesting by non-vote or thinking their vote just doesn’t matter in the grand scheme.  The sad thing is that, if they buy into the two lies mentioned at the start, they are absolutely correct.  What good is it to vote away your conscience for one whom you don’t believe deserves it?

Our goal should be to vote for the person we want to see elected, not the one we think has the best shot at winning. This isn’t Vegas, and we’re not picking winners here.

When we compromise our values to vote for someone who has demonstrated that they don’t represent our most fundamental moral beliefs, then why are we surprised when they betray the office we elect them to?

So, my ask of you and all Americans in this election year has two parts:
1) Vote
2) Don’t buy the partisan lies; vote your conscience

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5 comments on “This Voting Thing . . .

  1. John
    March 5, 2012

    That is why I always vote by mail. I take the time to read up on all the issues, all the “non-headline” folks running as well as I get to take my time. I always vote for my best candidate and always will but more importantly I ALWAYS vote……have never missed one yet and don’t plan to. We all need to exercise our right to vote……heck in this country we get to vote without being shot at or targeted. It’s a right we should take seriously. Nice words Steve…….
    Vote Vote Vote……

  2. tglafreniere
    March 5, 2012

    I enjoyed your blog post. As a fan of Ron Paul, I really can’t believe that people fell for the “he’s not electable” argument twice in five years.

  3. pouringmyartout
    March 5, 2012

    This is another issue I see both sides of. Did Ralph Nader tip an election? But now that I think about it… (because you make me think about things)… I have never voted for anyone to prove a point, so there you go.

  4. Good job. We have our man picked out that we are convince would make the best president when he is elected president. It has taken a lot of sole searching between two and is a relief that we have finally decided.

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