reply to post by alternateuniverse
But, to sit out this election and reflect upon your in-action during the next four years or even the rest of your lives is very
As Americans, “we” always say, “You have no right to complain, if you didn’t vote.”
I don't accept as true either of these statements.
One, is it true that choosing not to vote is un-American? If so then why? Would choosing not to vote be un-American because, meeting applicable
requirements, there is a right to vote?
Would it be un-American if, say, a man or woman chose not to own a firearm despite that, meeting applicable requirements, there is a right to own
firearms? Would not owning a firearm mean that a person does not have the right to defend against aggression?
Maybe you have a point in mind that justifies your evident belief that not voting is un-American, but I have know idea what it is.
Two, "we" is preceded by an "I" or "me". Put another way there is no such thing as a body of Americans that is not comprised of individual people.
Do all these individual people who comprise the United States believe, "You have no right to complain if you did not vote"? I certainly don't, and I
am a U.S. citizen. So much for we
False dichotomies come to mind in that 1) depending on whether you voted you are either American or un-American and 2) depending on whether you voted
you either have a right to complain or you do not have a right to complain.
With regard to point 1 I see no reason why exercising the right to choose what someone may decide is the lesser of two evils should be offerred as a
valid option. It's sort of like the executioner asking you, "Would you prefer I cut off your head face up or face down?" Either way your head is
coming off. And as for point 2, what right
are you referring to? Rather, what absence of right are you referring to? I presume you were
being as general as you were when invoking the we
meme, but I have no idea what right you're talking about. No one may complain unless they
cast a vote for the lesser of two evils? Only then you may complain, despite that you cast your lot with the lesser-of-two-evils candidate? Would
you even have the right to complain if the lesser-of-two-evils candidate you voted for won? After all, your vote aided in putting him or her in
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