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Is it Unpatriotic to Not Vote

  1. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 15 months ago

    If you are unhappy with any candidate, and do not want to vote for the lesser of two evils, would you even vote at all?
    I'm not happy with the  two that will probably be in the Democratic and Republican candidates come November.

    1. lions44 profile image96
      lions44posted 15 months ago in reply to this

      While it's your right not to cast a vote, and I would certainly not favor a law requiring voting (like Austria, etc.), it is unpatriotic.  Not everyone has this right around the world. It is sacred. Use it.   You would have no right to complain about our elected officials. That's why you have to vote in the primaries too, although I admit, as a Republican in WA State,  it does seem pointless at times.

    2. Credence2 profile image87
      Credence2posted 15 months ago in reply to this

      I cannot complain about the outcome if I don't participate. I can't afford to sit this one out.

    3. IslandBites profile image86
      IslandBitesposted 15 months ago in reply to this

      What about libertarian Gary Johnson?

      1. colorfulone profile image88
        colorfuloneposted 15 months ago in reply to this

        I'm a Libertarian, but I don't agree with how they are redefining the party, and I disagree with somethings they have done recently.  Even Wikipedia is not defining it correctly at the present.  Johnson, to me, is a plant.

        1. Stacie L profile image87
          Stacie Lposted 15 months ago in reply to this

          I watched an interview with him a few weeks ago
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpXyfV5YONo

          1. colorfulone profile image88
            colorfuloneposted 15 months ago in reply to this

            Too say the least, Stacy. I think you are being kind.

            1. Stacie L profile image87
              Stacie Lposted 15 months ago in reply to this

              Yeah,he's on youtube and some interviews were quite entertaining...roll

              1. colorfulone profile image88
                colorfuloneposted 15 months ago in reply to this

                There's lots of rumors about Johnson, but I will wait and see for myself.  I'm disappointed so far.

    4. tsmog profile image84
      tsmogposted 15 months ago in reply to this

      Voting is many things. It is a privilege backed up by rights. But, as a privilege it is optional just like a drivers license. Remember your values are legitimate! I would frown more on someone who does not participate on the ballot at all - representatives, senators, and initiatives. To not vote on any is submitting to crowd wisdom being greater than your own. But, in this case you do have the option as shared casting a vote that does count against the Democratic and Republican nominees by voting a third party. Its strength with your values may be greater as a nay rather than as a yea.

  2. ahorseback profile image48
    ahorsebackposted 15 months ago

    On the average about  60 %  at the high # of eligible voters vote anyway , in a presidential election .  For once in how many elections  there isn't a likeable candidate left . But there are nominees , hold your nose and go with it !

    Interesting point , liberals have trashed Trump , but he still  has a far higher trust % than Hillary !

    1. Castlepaloma profile image24
      Castlepalomaposted 15 months ago in reply to this

      I Vote for no evil.

      Imprison the feberal Government for highest treason and Americans save yourselves.

      Because these Government fairytale end up genocides and robbery, and slavery.

      Just to put kindly.

  3. colorfulone profile image88
    colorfuloneposted 15 months ago

    I don not think it is unpatriotic not to vote. This election is serious. Who would you trust most to pick the next Supreme Court Justices, Killary or Trump?  That's what this race boils down to. 
    http://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/13056100.jpg

    1. ahorseback profile image48
      ahorsebackposted 15 months ago in reply to this

      That sounds like the perfect reason to vote for trump !

  4. PrettyPanther profile image84
    PrettyPantherposted 15 months ago

    I don't think it is unpatriotic, but I do think it is throwing away a chance to choose how you want the future to look.  I know people say that the two parties are so much alike that it doesn't matter who one votes for anymore.  I disagree.  One example: several states with Republican governors rejected the Medicare expansion, and millions of people don't have health care coverage because of it.  That is huge.  So, whichever way your vote would have gone, you can't say it doesn't make a difference.

 
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