Voting. Do You Feel Empowered? I Feel More Hopeless than Usual.

Ah the ceremonial handing off of the whip. Every two years all us slaves get to choose a new master, or decide to keep the old one. And we all talk about how much change is needed on the plantation, and how my preferred slave master will change it for the better.

Two years and 540 posts, and I only feel I have accelerated the inevitable exasperated disenfranchisement I feel with our political system. And all the “freedom loving” Americans are thrilled the GOP might retake the Senate. And then… repeal Obamacare? Reduce the debt? Give power back to the states? Lower taxes? Reign in the corrupt police state? Get us out of world police duty? Look into the Federal Reserve? Get rid of the IRS? Repeal the NDAA? Cut the DHS?

Yeah, maybe! LOL. I know, Obama can still veto. But the last time we had a Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican President, we got the Patriot Act, the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, increased spending and debt, and bought enough military equipment for the US Military, ISIS, Al-qaeda, Syria, Egypt, Libya, and local police departments to all share.

To Vote or Not to Vote, That is the Question

So I am torn. Do I vote for the slave master who promises to shorten the fence, and make it easier to escape? Or do I refrain from voting, to show the slave masters that I do not sanction their force? The former may not even happen if I do vote: “Oh sorry, I tried to get the fence shortened, but half you slaves voted for that higher fence master, oh well, maybe next time if you vote for my friends”. But the latter could land me with an even higher fence, longer work hours, more lashings etcetera etcetera.

This is a debate anarcho-leaners have amongst themselves. Is it better to vote and hopefully change things for the better, or is it better to show you don’t approve of the system by not voting? It is indeed unlikely that anything will change for the better, and even if it does change, it may only prolong our slavery. Part of me thinks I should vote for my least favorite candidates just to hasten the process!

I’ve already decided, I will be voting this year. I don’t have enough time to fully debate this in my head in order to arrive at the best answer. Bill Buppert would say I am sanctioning my masters, and George Carlin would agree:

I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.

And honestly, it’s hard to argue with that. If you don’t vote, everything that happens is simply being done to you. It is the ultimate injustice. You have sanctioned no masters, you have agreed to no contract, yet people will bust down your door and take your money, maybe kill you, perhaps block you from pursuing happiness, but will certainly tell you what you can and cannot do, regardless of if you have wronged anyone. And by extension, you have done that to people if the politician you voted for puts that into action.

Of course this would all be solved if there was a “none of the above” option, or “middle finger” option on the ballot as I so eloquently worded it on Facebook. Then I would be happy to go down to the polls and tell them all, “I choose no master”. That is what I pathetically attempt to do with my vote. Vote for the guys who will reduce government. But that also begs the question, is there anyone who will really reduce government in my life?

I have this fantasy that someday anarchists will be running for office, and they will repeal, repeal, repeal until there is nothing left of our government, then sell the government property off, and rebate the money to the people from whom it was stolen.

Part of me wants to run for some office as an anarchist. In addition to being quite the laugh, I might get the message out to some people. And imagine the hilarity that would ensue if I actually got elected!

Sorry for the conversational tone and lack of continuity in this post, but this is what election day does to my head. It is like trying to trick me into thinking I could possible do something to attain more freedom today. And it is indeed possible. It is also possible that I win big next time I go to Foxwoods… but we all know the odds are stacked in favor of the house.

In closing, I’m going to borrow from the Facebook group Nobody For President.

Vote Nobody for President, 2016!

Nobody will keep their campaign promises!

Nobody will reduce the debt, stop the wars, and lower taxes!

Nobody puts the voter first!

Nobody really cares about you!

So vote for Nobody this election cycle, because with Nobody in office, we may finally get the change we need!

12 thoughts on “Voting. Do You Feel Empowered? I Feel More Hopeless than Usual.

  1. New boss same as the old boss, it will be business as usual, different names, But things will stay the same, will just keep getting screwed as usual, go back to sleep America your government is in control, what bullshit!

    • Yea i think you are right… The more i think about it the better “opting out” sounds… just non-violent non-compliance

  2. Hey Joe! I’m sure you have seen my anti-voting posts on FB. So I am pretty sure yo know where I stand. That being said, I respect your right to do whatever your conscience leads you to do. At least you are doing it with your eyes wide open. Unlike 99% of the people who will vote. The path that led me to not voting is very personal and painful, and proved to me that it really doesn’t matter. I was a life long Republican and voted in all the elections from the time I was 18. When we lived in Corpus Christi (Nueces County) a few years ago we made friends that had been cheated out of going to the Republican state convention. They were looking for someone to run against one of the people who were involved in that scandal for Republican County Chairman. That person ended up being my husband, Ron. The guy he ran against was part of the old guard and had lived there for over 20 years. We had lived there 2 and Ron is a trial lawyer. We really thought that he had no chance of winning. We were wrong. He got 60% of the vote. Long story short, the losers just ran a shadow party behind his back. They were given money by the state party that they distributed to candidates without Ron’s knowledge and even Governor Perry made arrangements with the shadow party when he was coming to town. The last straw was when the people we were trying to help said Ron was just like the old chairman because he wouldn’t bow down and do their bidding. All the while the democrat lawyer he worked for quit giving him cases, so he had to look for another job. A person would have to be extremely optimistic/unrealistic to believe that voting is going to do anything.

    • Thank you for sharing how you got to where you are! That is terrible, that they simply ignore the votes and do what they wanted anyway, and the ungratefulness of the people he was trying to help! That is a good illustration of what happens. Don’t like the results? Just go around them. I wouldn’t be surprised if ousted politicians simply bought lobbyists to influence the new guy. You are right, nothing will change with voting, the power mongers will find their way back to power, as long as we allow an inherently unequal system. I always said that if you start out corrupt, you might as well run as a democrat. But that is prob just because I am from MA. I would think in TX it is prob vice versa.

    • ha! i considered doing that, but it was just old ladies working there… not quite the image of oppression that inspires me to fight back

      • Really? You should have met the nasty old hag that was at our polling station. She almost made me re-think my stand on not being rude to the elderly

  3. The rebloodlicans and the democrips,two street gangs that wear suits, and the people are all excited because the Republicans are in control, Joe everything is great we’re on the good ship lollipop.I don’t know who’s crazier the people or the politicians?

    • Yea I know what you mean. I think after Woodrow Wilson there was a concerted effort to break fascism into the two parties; left the nanny state, right the police state.

  4. Joe,

    That lever is your admonition that a proxy for violence against everyone around you is good to go. A serial killer beauty contest. You’re better than this.

    Bill Buppert

    • Yes, I know you are right. But the conditioning, it is very tough to cast off, especially coming from such a politically active background. You go through life assuming you can do good if you convince enough people to vote like you. It is hard to accept that it will not be the proper channel to change things.

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