- October 16th, 2008
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… you examine all possible candidates, for every position from the President on down, and find nowhere to cast a vote?
That is the issue I’m faced with right now. Nowhere, in any of the races to be on my ballot, is there a single candidate that strikes me as worthy of my vote. The vast majority are glaringly at odds with the contents of The Constitution I swore to defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. Those seemingly concerned with matters as they fit within the framework of The Constitution lack any record that suggests credibility. It seems that the only option I now have, is to abstain from voting.
For a long time, I’ve advocated voting as a necessity. Specifically, I have pushed for more people to take interest in politics, become involved, and when able to vote cast one from an informed position. Given the current state of affairs, and the conditions under which I find myself, I’m not sure it is necessary to actually vote. If the general consensus is that you waive your right to complain if you do not vote, I have to disagree. Having only options that are entirely unacceptable, casting any vote will still result in a situation about which I am unhappy. Voting, or not voting, does not keep me from actively contacting those elected to represent me in Congress. Abstaining from the election also has no bearing on my seeking out those willing and able to run on platforms I find agreeable, and in turn supporting their efforts to be on the ballot in future elections. Choosing to not vote, based on the information and options available, may be just as participatory as choosing to vote. If the option “none of the above” was included, that is the only box I could check this election.