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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.” 

― David Foster Wallace

 

I believe in voting.

Democracy is far from perfect, and there is always room for improvement, but the older I get, the more I think it’s about the process. It’s an imperfect system, created by imperfect men, and we do our best with what we’ve been given. It’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to let the system beat you down, especially if you watch televised news. It seems hopeless.

But the truth is, you still have a part to play.

I believe in voting because it’s the one tool nearly all Americans have at their disposal to change the world around them. That sounds overly simplistic, but it’s anything but simple.

Voting isn’t about pulling the lever.

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