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Don’t Be Disheartened – Just Vote

April 10, 2011

I’m going to echo John Cole on this one.

If liberals are angry about the budget, they shouldn’t feel disheartened; they should get off their backsides and vote in the next election. Too many whiny liberals decided not to vote in the last election because the President didn’t pull a magic wand out of his ear and make everything better with a wave of his hand. We live in a democratic society. If you don’t vote and the other side does, there are consequences – in this case, the greasy fist of the free market.

In every off year election, liberals find some reason not to vote. In a democracy, this means that you lose. If you hate losing, vote.

When one side is either ignorant, evil or completely insane (perhaps a little of all three) like the current incarnation of the Confederate Republican Party, there is no excuse for not doing everything you can to defeat them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Democrats suck, but the GOP sucks to such an overwhelming extent that they can never be allowed or trusted anywhere near the halls of power – not ever!

As Heinlein once put it,

If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for, but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong. If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time on it that truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires.

If the president isn’t liberal enough for you, he’s certainly more liberal than the other guy. Negative voting is just as valid a tool as positive voting.


From → Economy, Politics

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