Recently, some people have been condemning me for my decision to not vote in the presidential election. I feel like many of these people don’t even somewhat understand why I have made that decision, and are making assumptions. So, I will attempt to explain it further in hopes of helping those people understand, and hopefully respect my decision, even if they don’t agree with it.
Well, first of all, I am not a Republican or a Democrat. It’s not my fault that we have a two-party system, and that neither of the two parties even somewhat represent my views. Of course, my views are closer to that of the democratic party, but still, not close enough. I refuse to look past my views, opinions, morals, and values to vote for somebody who doesn’t even come close to representing them.
Second of all, in my opinion, the presidential election is fictitious. Both parties are bought by corporations, and I believe our votes are, too… In other words – your vote doesn’t count. They will elect whoever they want. It’s been proven that it is possible to flip the votes, but they’re doing a good job at making sure the general population either doesn’t know this, or at least making sure they don’t believe it.
Thirdly, I believe that voting in the presidential election is only making things worse. It keeps more people pacified and unwilling to do anything to actually create change. They – the evil corporations and the politicians who are bought by them - want you to vote so you feel like you have a voice, but in the end, they’re going to do what they want anyways. And I feel like by voting for the “lesser of two evils”, I would just be playing their game, and giving them more power. Real change will not happen while people continue voting for either of the two evils.
Instead, we need to resist the system and take away their power by not voting in the presidential election. It’s obvious that with the way the system is currently set up, we can’t rely on any president to be a voice for the people, so we need to take it upon ourselves to make sure our voices are heard. But, not voting, or voting third party is not enough. We also need to take action – organize, mobilize, occupy, strike, takeover. Women didn’t gain the right to vote by voting, did they?*
*Just as a quick side note, I had somebody bring up a good point about the women who did try to vote, and were arrested for it. My point was that they didn’t make the change AT the ballot box. They did it by resisting the status quo, which included going TO the ballot box as a form of civil disobedience.
I wrote a similar post to this a few months ago, but my views have changed quite a bit since then. You can read the older post here.