Chad Perrin: SOB

14 September 2008

Do you fight the inevitable, or just lie there and take it?

Filed under: Liberty — apotheon @ 11:22

There are those who feel that voting for someone other than the official Republican or Democrat nominee is a wasted vote. To them, I have this to say:

(The following is adapted from this reddit comment.)

Someone else could win if people stopped voting for “the lesser evil” and started voting for the greater good instead. The suggestion that nobody else can win is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Consider that both Obama and McCain are pretty much equally likely to get us all killed (or worse); I don’t see the point in voting for either of them, with that in mind. As far as I can tell, anyone who thinks there’s actually any credible preponderance of evidence that either one of them will be any better than the other is just engaging in misguided wishful thinking.

The belief that the “lesser of two evils” is your only option is only true as long as you (and others like you) keep thinking that way. The best you can hope for with perpetual devotion to such a manner of approaching the matter is to imperceptibly slow the inevitable slide into destruction. I prefer to do what I can, right now, to try to ensure that some day enough people might have woken up from such a self-damning approach that we’ll start having actually good candidates with a shot at winning an election.

Don’t you find it notable that, if a few more percentage points went in the right direction at the right time, we might have even had actually good candidates getting party nominations from both the Democrats and the Republicans? Sadly, people who could have made a difference tended to stay at home, give up too easily, and generally just piss it all away. Maybe Congressional races two years from now will go differently, and maybe the Presidential race four years from now will also go differently.

Of course, my actual belief is that we are irrevocably, inevitably screwed so badly we might be better off just slitting our own throats now and avoiding the next hundred years or so of painful self-destruction. I’m just not the type to lie down and quietly take it, or to take the easy way out. I’d rather go down fighting.

David Foster Wallace once said:

If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.

He appears to have been the “take the easy way out” type. He committed suicide on Friday night.

From where I’m sitting, anyone who votes for “the lesser of two evils” appears to be the “lie down and take it” type.

Do you fight the inevitable, or just lie there and take it? Obviously, you haven’t taken the easy way out yet, since you’re still reading this.

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