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Originally posted by grover
Interesting but consider what would happen if everybody, and I mean everybody voted.
It would have the same result but a more positive source as it were. It would be an affirmation that the voter still counted as opposed to a denouncment that they didn't...
Tens of millions of Americans can vote but choose not to. They are castigated by their peers, but they have the right idea. We’re told that if you don’t vote you can’t complain, but voting, at least for the major parties, does not register much of a complaint at all. You might think you’re voting against the war or tax hikes, but it will instead be counted as just another voice of unity behind the dictatorial mandates of the chosen leader.
Is there a case to be made for voting? Indeed there is, if one believes that social order is a quality that can be instilled, by violence and other coercive means, by political authorities. I do not accept this proposition. To the contrary, I believe that social order is the product of unseen, spontaneous influences of which most of us are not consciously aware. The study of economics helped me to understand how we respond, marginally, to fluctuations that are continuously generated by one another’s self-seeking pursuits. I also came to understand that politics – like a rock thrown through a spider’s web – disrupts these informal processes as well as the existing patterns of interconnectedness upon which any social order depends.
This brings us to a word far too common, "taxation." In the current political climate, "taxation" means paying one's "fair share." It is unconscionable that Americans have arrived in a circumstance in which a man can be forced at gunpoint to surrender half of what is rightly his. The claim then, is this: that he was simply "discharging the debt he justly and honestly owed as his portion," or, in other words, "paying his fair share." Upon what justification does anyone owe this debt? The only foundation upon which this claim can be made is the underlying immoral selfishness of mankind.
Originally posted by Resinveins
reply to post by grover
You hold on to the illusion that the man was elected last night if you wish, the sad truth is, he was selected by his party because he would be palatable to the people. Politics isn't about issues anymore. It's not about what kind of person you are, or what you believe. It's not about morals.. or honor... or anything of the sort. It's about whether they can get you elected and thereby further secure the party's power base. I'm sure Pelosi, Reid, Dean, etc. etc. etc. are enjoying their victory now... and just itching to get around to the business of pulling strings.
Originally posted by nj2day
reply to post by KOGDOG
putting the effort into writing in a cartoon sends a stronger message than not voting at all...
like I said, if you don't vote, ya can't complain...
you've secured your right to complain about the government for the next 4 years! grats!