“Wasted” votes

Every four years, we have the same three choices: vote for the lesser evil out of fear of the supposed greater, vote for a third-party candidate who expresses your views better but has no chance of winning, and not voting. Once in a great while, it seems like we have the chance to vote for a major party candidate we think we really like (Clinton or Obama the first time around?), but they never fulfill their campaign promises — which, usually, were pretty vague to begin with.

During the 1996 Clinton vs Dole campaign, there was a great cartoon, which I still have somewhere: Dole is hitting someone on the head, shouting, “Hit him four times!” and Clinton is hitting the guy on the head, shouting, “Hit him 3½ times!” That’s pretty much your Republican-Democrat choice, and, if you live in a hotly contested state and that difference is significant to you, go for it. But either way, you’re still basically getting an actor hired to represent the imperialist corporatist state, not someone who will represent very many of your interests. (Yeah, I know, they may pick a Supreme Court Justice, who will also represent the corporatist state in either a “liberal” or conservative way.)

As you can probably tell, I’m sick of the first option, and, having the luxury of living in a Democratic state, I’m voting for Jill Stein and Cherie Honaker, the Pacific Green Party candidates. In fact, I’ve already mailed in my ballot. But it’s just an exercise, since under our current system, they not only don’t have a chance of being elected, they never even had a chance to put their platform before the electorate (Stein and Honaker were arrested for trying to get into the last presidential debate).

In this system, all votes are wasted (meaningless), because pretty much the same things are going to happen either way. I’ve seen the man (men) behind the curtain…In fact, the most meaningful option is probably to ignore the whole show and not vote. That’s not apathy or indifference — it’s a rejection of the whole charade.

About (They Got the Guns, but) We Got the Numbers

I'm an artist and student of history, living in Eugene, OR. On the upside of 70 and retired from a jack-of-all-trades "career," I walk, do yoga, and hang out with my teenage grandkids. I believe we can make this world better for them and the young and innocent everywhere, if we connect with each other and create peaceful, cooperative communities as independent of big corporations and corporate-dominated governments as possible.

Posted on October 24, 2012, in Politics, Voting and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m in agreement on the Presidential contest. However, there are always local candidates and changes to law to vote on. Your vote really means something on those. Judge, school board and county commissioners are often decided by less than a hundred votes.

  2. Good point. I enjoyed voting for legalizing marijuana in Oregon this year.

  3. Hi! I learned about Jill Stein through Gaia. I think she’s an awesome person with good ideas . . . although, now that I think about it, I’ve forgotten much of what I heard her say. I finally decided that if I’m going to protest it won’t be through the voting process ’cause there’s no way of anyone really knowing I protested unless Jill Stein actually garnered enough votes to beat both Obama and Romney (and that’s assuming the electoral college didn’t upset a popular vote for her). I voted for Obama. That way, if he doesn’t get it, it won’t be because I didn’t vote for him, and if he gets in, and does well, I will “eat crow” and if he gets in and it’s same ‘ole, same ‘ole or worse, then I’ll just know that’s how it’s gonna be. I don’t believe Stein could make enough of a difference as prez anyway. I see the system as being so much in the hands of the corporate/military complex that anything that could be done would be nominal. I think it’s good to get info out about these thing, though. And it’ll be interesting to see how many votes Stein gets. It could be a good many! Wouldn’t it be a hoot if she actually WON!!! Judi On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM, We got the numbers wrote:

    > ** > (They Got the Guns, but) We Got the Numbers posted: “Every four years, > we have the same three choices: vote for the lesser evil out of fear of the > supposed greater, vote for a third-party candidate who expresses your views > better but has no chance of winning, and not voting. Once in a great while, > it seems “

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