A Vote Against Insanity
Posted by PintofStout on October 30, 2006
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
I don’t plan on voting in the upcoming election. I don’t plan on voting in any election. Ever. It matters not how important the media punditry or the candidates say this one is, which, if they were to be believed, would have the country teetering on the edge of certain destruction and only a vote for the proper candidate can save us from plunging into the inner circles of hell. It would matter not as I still will not vote. It also matters not whether anyone votes or not, and who is voted for.
In the history of this government, that noble experiment equivalent to trying to turn lead into gold, it has progressed in the same direction regardless of which party was in control. Essentially, the people voted for a different path to the same destination. I see no reason why this isn’t true today.
The Democrats are the big spenders via taxation; the Republicans are big spenders via inflation and debt. Regardless of the label given to or generalization made about each party, examples can be found to prove the opposite and basically equate the two parties. Any vote for a major party is therefore a vote for the same results – bigger, more intrusive government. A vote for a minor or third party (ironically there are a multitude of third parties rather than a fourth and fifth, etc. party) is just as useless. Even if a single third party were to win in a few places, the effect would be negated by the saturation of the system with the other two parties.
I don’t believe any third party will be viable and still appear to be the same party as when it was obscure and irrelevant. I believe this because most third parties are based on either a single issue while neglecting everything else, which limits their appeal to a large enough group, or are too ideological to appeal to a large group; e.g. Libertarian and Socialist Parties. This is the same reason that the Democrat and Republican Parties seem so much alike; because their platform and ideologies are broad enough to be irrelevant and indistinguishable from each other. That is also why the vast majority of people fit under their tents. The only thing that will compete with such ambiguous platforms would be the “I Have a Brain Party” to which everyone could relate (despite any arguments to the contrary).
In light of the sameness of direction regardless of what vote is cast, it makes no difference who is voted for; thus, it makes even less of a difference how many people vote for something (besides the appearance of a mandate or consensus from a majority, which is only an illusion). So do something productive with the time that would have been wasted by voting, like talking to your kids about the dangers of collectivization and why they shouldn’t vote. No kids? No problem. Spend that time to make children!
The act of voting will result in the same outcome, regardless of who is voted for. Voting for a third party will only work if a very large number of people who haven’t previously voted for that party did so. Non-voting is in the same situation; it will only make a difference if a very large number of people who previously voted didn’t. That is why I say, if for no other reason, spend the time on something productive – like writing a blog.