The Scrogues – a fair percentage of them anyway – had a lively conversation recently. Though not a consensus, the “we’re fucked and it really doesn’t matter” contingent beat the (nonexistent) “the Dems will fix it if we just elect enough of them” contingent like the tortoise trounced Achilles. I know, sad. Where’d all the hope go?
I haven’t given up on voting, but it’s not because i believe in the Democrats…and i’ve never believed in the Republicans.
I don’t see voting as a right or a privilege. In a Constitutional Republic with universal suffrage, i consider it an obligation. I’m convinced that at least 85% of the eligible voters regularly going to the polls would pretty well fix the unresponsive nature of our two party system and be the biggest step towards ending political corruption. (And i don’t think that convicted felons should be disenfranchised.)
That being said, the Democratic Party can kiss my ass. I already solemnly swore to never vote for a Democrat, ever again. For this i can thank Mr. Obama and the present crop of Congressional Dems. I mean it. Before Obama i’d be tempted to vote Democratic as a means to vote against the GOP. Now i’m free.
Free to write in Huey Long or maybe even Joseph Stalin if i’m in a particularly foul mood. In my political fantasies every ballot would have a “none of the above” option. I’ll bet that i’m not alone, eh? Imagine a presidential election with “none of the above” winning in a landslide; with a little less apathy i’d start a campaign to get it on ballots. As it stands i’ll stick to having a professional looking yard sign made to put out at the curb for election time.
Before we get to your answers, it should be noted that the Scrogues were in broad agreement that local elections are important. I agree. That’s about the only part of a ballot i consider worth taking seriously anymore.
So have at it and tell us what you think, and pretty please tell us why we need to elect more Dems and stand behind our President.