I may as well admit it at the beginning: I’m a Ron Paul supporter. I’m not bitter, and I never held out an unreasonable amount of hope that he would win the Republican nomination–some, yes, but I wasn’t going to bet on it, especially since party leadership these days is not exactly Goldwater-esque.
At any rate, you know where I’m coming from.
I have searched the presidential field in vain for a suitable candidate. I don’t go by the idiotic notion that I should pick amongst those who are “electable.” I’m part of the electorate, and the electorate decides who is electable. I am finished, however, voting for candidates just because they give lip service to certain issues, such as the pro-life cause or the free market. Talk is cheap, even straight talk. That rules out John McCain.
I will not vote for a socialist. Period. End of story. No discussion. That rules out Barack Obama. (And even if Obama were perfect on everything else, I just don’t think he’s really going to bring an end to the war in Iraq; he’s already begun to waffle a bit on this.)
Bob Barr. hahahahahaha.
Someone whose opinion I trust suggested Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party. Ron Paul may in fact end up endorsing him. I looked him up, and he seems pretty good, but his illegal drug policy dissatisfied me in certain ways, and in general I think he and the Constitution Party are too theocratic. Sorry, but governments don’t make virtue; people do.
Where does this leave me on election day? It leaves me on my couch, and, frankly, that’s fine. I have had it with the voting for the lesser of two evils. This only serves to strengthen the Oligarchy. For a few months before the election, the two major parties (the Democans and Republikrats) pretend as if choosing between them is the difference between life and death. Then in January they go back to their usual b.s. Look at the Democrats: they were ushered into Congress to end the war, and now what? Nothing. They’re even turning a (mostly) deaf ear to serious charges against the Bush Administration. What’s going on here? This sure as hell isn’t a two party system.
What’s the point of staying home? After all, Orthodox Americanist teaching states that one must participate in an election to be a good citizen. Nonsense. Already low voter turnout ought to cast some doubt on the legitimacy of this whole process. I hope, by staying home, to contribute to this doubt. I hope many of you will join me as well. The government still won’t listen to us, but maybe they won’t quite as boldly claim “mandates” for one or another of their stupid ideas.
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