OK, I'm going to tell everyone my shameful secret. I'm sure some of you share my affliction, but you're too ashamed to admit it. I'm here to tell you you're not alone. You don't have to be ashamed anymore.
I'm an apathetic voter.
The American two-party system has become a ridiculous us vs. them shell game that keeps anything from getting done on a national or even state scale, (I think local politics DO make a difference, actually- things are controlled best at their lowest levels- I'm not talking about that) and I don't see how I'm wrong by refusing to play the game anymore.
I'm sick of being given two package deals - both which are full of some good but mostly bad ideas, and told that I have to chose between one of them or I'm a perverted, bad, evil twisted four-legged smelly disgusting creature. Fuck that noise, I'm sick of it. People tell me that if I don't vote, then someday we'll have no choice. I hate to break it to you, but we don't really have a choice now. If I don't perpetuate and champion the illusion of choice, will that illusion vanish? Is that what everyone is really afraid of?
I'm sick of being told that because I'm a blue-collar worker I HAVE to vote for a party which has done nothing to help us in recent years, under the logic that the other party would probably make life even worse for us. I'm sick to my stomach of being used as a hard-hat wearing voter trophy by people who aren't actually helping me.
See, I don't agree with the current administration's failed economic policies and laughably transparent propaganda (Apparently the recession ended in June 2009 - may Obama be praised - this is just the slowest economic recovery period in U.S. History. Up your ass with broken glass, I just got laid off again. I can't survive on working 4 months a year.) But the thing is - as with the Democrats when Republicans were in power - the Republicans have NO PLAN OF THEIR OWN! They talk about taking the country back by teabagging each other but they don't say HOW. Yes, served in the military, yes, I have some conservative leanings. But the Republicans have become a party of morals instead of ideas, and you can't run a country without ideas, and just assuming that your morals should be everyone's morals. How can people look at Sarah Palin or Christine O'Donnel and say "Well, yes, they have no practical experience, or ideas, and every time they open their mouths they show off their ignorance and blithering idiocy but... they're against the same things I'm against, so I want them to run the country!"
People who want to teach creationism (or Intelligent Design) in a science class scare the living shit out of me. Seriously. Most of the shit I have is dead. It floats or sinks in the toilet based on what I've eaten. But when Christian-right politicians want to get a foot in the door and push us back toward the dark ages, it comes out of me alive and screaming and wriggling... oh God what the hell is wrong with people? I've asked this before - but if you think we're God's instruments and here to do God's work, then shouldn't you want to know how the world ACTUALLY works rather than how goat herders thousands of years ago assumed it worked? Hasn't God answered prayers of healing by helping humanity discover penicillin - WHICH WORKS BY FUTHERMUCKING EVOLUTION? Wouldn't your children better be able to do God's will if they knew the truth about his creation? WELL????
And Democrats aren't any better. You may all have your push-button issues, (LGBT rights, for example) and I may sympathize and agree with some of them. But you're just as bad. You all assume that because YOUR crowd agrees with some of the things you believe in or claim to have sympathy or understanding for you and yours that they should be running the country, and every bad choice and mismanagement should be forgiven because of that. I'm sorry, but it doesn't work that way. It's just all a way to keep an us vs. them mentality running in this country so nothing gets done.
So no, I'm NOT voting today. I honestly don't see the point. I could pretend that I am, that my vote would somehow make a difference, would keep the world safe for democracy, but it ain't going to happen. Not until people can vote directly on issues instead of electing officials who pick and choose for us. I know that's not how a Jeffersonian democracy works and I know it will never happen because our gargantuan government needs us to believe they know what's best for us to keep themselves in power, but I don't feel like casting a vote to decide which side's global corporate masters get to split up my tax dollars.
Here endeth the ranting, I'm off to play with my kids