My former roomie, Michael, voted for McGovern in ’76 to ‘deny’ his vote to the opponent. My initial thoughts were that you should be participating FOR something, not as an ‘anti’ participant. My next thought was that for all those who are keen to cry about the sad state of any political affairs—but then admit that they did NOT vote— waive all rights to kvetch.
Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion and are free to choose your level of involvement. If, however, your involvement was ‘nil’, so are your bitching rights.
We have a plethora of professional politicians. The system was never designed to create a ruling class, moreover, the framers were very careful to avoid an aristocracy; but we have them and they replicate like a virus.
You want to turn this ship of state around and sail her into fair winds and following seas? Borrow a page from Michael’s play book and vote AGAINST any Incumbent politician. Everyone hates the OTHER guy…but MY guy is okay….nothing could be further from reality. They are ALL the other guy to someone and if we reelect them because they feather our nests, we need a major transfusion all around.
I would go so far as saying:
No one who has never EARNED a paycheck.
No one who has never SIGNED a paycheck (optional).
No one who cannot stand and speak publically WITHOUT a group of bobble headed hand puppets behind them giving strength to their arguments (the argument should have merit enough to stand on its own).
ALL, I repeat, ALL of their legislation applies equally to them as well.
Lastly, they work for minimum wage, no honoraria, and have to clock in Monday thru Friday 9-5 with nights, weekends AND holidays like the rest of us.
Any side money they make is from whatever their normal trade or employment is.
If they cannot get fat off the system, they will not linger at the trough.