Boycott the Vote

I am not voting in the election today. Not because I am uninformed, apathetic, or indecisive. I am not voting because the system in and of itself violates my principles. Every single person running for office today has one thing in common: their platform is always “I will force everyone else do .” It doesn’t matter what is, they are all about using force and violence to get their way. It doesn’t matter how many people vote for an idea or a person – violence and aggression is not justified to get your way.

So today, I urge you to not vote. Don’t buy in to the system that says “might makes right”. Democracy is simply oppression by the majority.

I will admit there is some credence to the idea of the “lesser of two evils”, but both parties are so deeply anti-freedom that I see no justification in supporting either. Give me a candidate who wants to end police militarization and abuse, end the war on drugs, end the USA’s foreign wars, and supports private gun ownership, and I’ll consider voting for them. Unfortunately, even the Libertarian Party candidates tend to be only Republican Lite. I won’t be voting this year, and it looks like that will be a trend for the foreseeable future.

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  1. I’ve been a little preoccupied with a new job and travel — I feel your pain.
    Which is why I’m just getting around to commenting on this.

    I really don’t understand this concept I am not voting because the system in and of itself violates my principles.

    So by not voting you insure the system continues to violate your principles and without any check by you; isn’t that abdicating your responsibilities to help provide the system and society what government it does need and fit your principles?

    Every single person running for office today has one thing in common: their platform is always “I will force everyone else do .” It doesn’t matter what is, they are all about using force and violence to get their way.

    You also seem to benefit from that system — yet you don’t want to participate in controlling it. Unless you have voluntarily excised yourself from the courts, from police protection (impossible) by maintaining your own legal system — you are a willing participant in the system.

    We all agree some things are worth using force and violence over — You will not harm me if I can help it and I’m willing to use force. You will not harm others in my presence if they don’t deserve it and I’m willing to use force.
    We also are willing to use the force of others to protect ourselves from theft, from war, etc — right?

    We may disagree about the extent and where to apply that force but unless you withdraw from society you benefit from it.

    I will admit there is some credence to the idea of the “lesser of two evils”, but both parties are so deeply anti-freedom that I see no justification in supporting either.

    Then don’t support either party ! Support fellow Libertarians or Greens or whatever political group or individual that best aligns with your views. The reason why this people never win major office?
    Because no one votes for them at the local level !

    Elect them — let them use that platform to show us there is a better way.

    Unfortunately, even the Libertarian Party candidates tend to be only Republican Lite.

    Run for office yourself then….or be involved in the process of developing the platform and policies for the candidates.

    Frankly I think abstaining from voting is a cop out. You want to claim a moral victory while getting all the perks.

    Bob S.

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