We have learned from childhood that voting is not only a hard won privilege, but a civic duty, an obligation that we must perform or else.
Eyebrows rise and people snort when I tell them that I have voted twice in my life and probably never will again.
The first time was for JFK because I had just turned 21 and was properly brainwashed to believe it was my duty and also because he was a Catholic which seemed important at that time.
It didn't take me long to realize that both reasons were pretty dumb. Furthermore, the more I delved into politics and public affairs, the more obvious it became that it made little difference who won. They all said what they had to, to get elected and did what they had to, to stay elected and the latter rarely coincided with what I had in mind.
In spite of the fact that I am pretty much of a news junkie and follow politics rigorously, I simply did not bother to vote again until Ross Perot came along. Finally, a man who seemed to have the courage of his convictions not to mention the money to do it on his own, if necessary.
Well, the media did what it usually does to third party candidates and treated him like a leper to the extent that they even refused to run his self-funded ads.
He lost and so , I think, did the country but this just hardened my conviction that voting is a waste of time.
So what happens if nobody votes? I sneak in at the last minute and vote for myself. Or better yet, no one gets elected so no one can raise our taxes.
AND THOSE ARE THE THOUGHTS OF K9ACT
Labels: 2008, June 19