The time for complaining about seated Democrats and Republicans is nearly over. The time to take the lazy elephants and stubborn mules to the slaughter house is here. If you can't stand to see your expensive pet elephant or mule thrown out, don't expect 2015 and 2016 to be anything but a re-run of what they've wasted, namely another $8 trillion since 2008, while your neighbor is on welfare because he can't find a decent job, your military is under-funded because nobody accepted the plan to avoid the sequester, and the borders still leak like a sieve.
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I could understand, if there were only two candidates up for your vote and you could be sure your spouse's vote would cancel out your vote, and so you both agree not to vote.But there are few elections in which only two candidates are being voted on.
Not necessarily a cancel-out vote. Do you realize that the votes might not actually cancel each out because one of their votes could throw a candidate over the hump and make a difference as to whether there would be a runoff.
lisavollrath, you seem to have a very innocent view our electoral system and our main parties
Hah! That's the first time I've ever been called innocent. I don't think our process is perfect, but we're stuck with it for now, so I'm not going to let my chance to have my say go to waste.
Chances are your decision will make you part of "the Silent Majority" of Americans this year, making it almost certain that most Americans will get what they didn't want. Not voting is your right, part of free agency.
Perspycacious, you probably won't get want you want either because you didn't contribute a substantial amount of money to any candidate's campaign.
We need to stop feeling good about ourselves when we take some small, token part in government. We must realize that the government is out of control and growing more powerful. This is NOT the free society the Founders imagined.
Fair point. But what I meant to say, as Old-Empresario so accurately stated, is there is no real choice at the ballot box. Everything else is media hype
I was tempted to write "When in doubt, vote them out!" But here locally the incumbent is head and shoulders more capable (Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Republican) than his opponent. So such an idea is not a panacea. If both choices are poor, vote the best
Very insightful answer, Empresario. The two parties thing is a big joke...and the American people are the suckers. The nation is run by groups and individual far more wealthy and influential than the politicians.