This article found it's way into my inbox this morning and i thought it was important enough to discuss here..
I have heard the case for not voting before...
or the case for a symbolic vote to a third party candidate who had no chance of winning
and i have seen the results of that symbolic gesture
I understand the argument. There are days when I even feel that way although my personal answer is to go find someplace else to live. But ultimately I believe this argument to be self defeating.
And dangerous. Especially in this election when the next president is likely to appoint at least one if not 4 new supreme court justices.
These justices determine our law.. and as we have already seen, partisan decisions by our court can determine who sits in the White House and can open the floodgates to corporate purchase of our elected leaders.
Recovering from poor appointments takes literally generations because although the wheels of justice grind slowly, there are already cases in the pipeline that could change American law significantly enough to erode our basic rights.
I agree that our democratic process is broken.
In fact, I don't think you will find many who disagree with that. This is the anger that fuels the tea party... though their targets are in my opinion misdirected.
If you withdraw, you let that misdirected anger form our national policy...
Too many people see the election as the endpoint of the process instead of the beginning. If we want our government to move towards being more responsive to the people it represents, withdrawing from the democratic process is not the answer.
Helping those who want to make a mockery of our democracy destroy it isn't exactly the way to make the point that our democracy needs revitalizing.