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Act Responsibly: Don’t Vote!

By Michael J. Smith on Monday February 25, 2008 08:52 PM

This delightful link was passed along by a helpful colleague:


Act Responsibly: Don’t Vote! That’s not a bumper sticker you’re likely to see in coming weeks. Instead the ballot will be revered like a religious object and voting will be declared a duty. But what if the ballot is just one more government form to fill out? What if the most politically powerful act is to say "no" by tearing the form in half?

This November, most people won’t "do it" in the voting booth despite attempts to shame them. They will spend the time on activities that enrich their lives: buying groceries, playing with children, catching up on work....

If war itself can’t motivate people to put a checkmark in a box, it is time to consider non-voting from a radically different perspective. Maybe non-voters are right. After all, if most people refuse to buy a product with which they’re acquainted, do you blame them or the product? ...Voting is not an act of political freedom. It is an act of political conformity. Those who refuse to vote are not expressing silence. They are screaming in the politician’s ear: "You do not represent me. This is not a process in which my voice matters. I do not believe you."

Couldn't have said it better myself -- or half as well, come to think of it.

Comments (1)

tim d:

This is not related, but cute nonetheless:


Republican and Democratic Jews traded barbs over Ralph Nader's characterization of Barack Obama's Israel policy..."When a longtime political activist like Ralph Nader, with a well-documented, anti-Israel bias, claims that Senator Obama shares this anti-Israel bias, that is alarming," said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks...The National Jewish Democratic Council mocked Brooks for using Nader as a reliable source."They are basically saying ignore this United States senator’s strong pro-Israel voting record, positions and rhetoric, and instead listen to Ralph Nader," an NJDC statement said "Since when did Ralph Nader become the arbiter of who is and is not pro-Israel?"

Thus the depth of debate between Republican and Democratic Jews...

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