American Founding Fathers Politics

US Elections

U.S. presidential election…
-Voter turnout in 2016 dipped to nearly its lowest point in two decades (!)



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And what does that tell you?

For many years people have told voters to vote-to-win. If you dont vote for this person that you feel doesnt really represent you, this even worse person will get in. So “hold your nose” and vote for the lesser of two evils.

Presumably, each person at least has a say in which evil is worse– otherwise, what is democracy for? Though during this election, you would never know it.

Usually, your choices (according to both bossy know-it-alls and reality alike) are Vote This Person or Vote That Person. Anything else is just “throwing it away.” Ive never agreed- if you vote against your own conscience, that is truly throwing it away.

If you thought Hillary was worse (nevermind why, lets pretend there is a reason other than being sexist, inbred or racist) Then the choice was Trump. A lot of people– people you might hold in high regard in everyday life– disagreed with both options. They found another: Dont show. For those that knew it was Trump or Hillary, until people remember what voting is for, they got to keep Hillary out without voting for Trump. All they had to do was exercise the excluded option: Abstain.

Im anti-war, I refuse to vote for war criminals. War Iraq illegal and based on lies? Yes. Did Hillary vote for it? Yes. Does that get my vote? Never. Then in my conscience, I would be party to that crime.

Hearing all the people calling abstainers horrible things for exercising their conscience in an election– the one and ONLY point of democracy in the first place– I know I made the right decision. It may have costs, but doing the right thing sometimes does. I hope the costs are not too high. If the fate of the entire world was in my hands, and I screwed it all up, Im sorry. You literally didnt give me much of a choice– now did you?

I agree with what you’re saying. That was an outstanding analysis. Answering your question means I have to take a step back in time:
Keep in mind that the main fear that the Founding Fathers had, concerning the future of politics in the US, was to avoid -if possible- a two-party system. That system has this ‘magical’ ability to perpetuate itself and since it offers limited options, it has the tendency to bring a government to a standstill. American citizens the past few decades have surely experienced those disadvantages.

A change (however improbable this may seem to you right now) IS actually possible. A good start is to stop ignoring alternative voices. No one can convince me that Hillary & Trump were actually the best candidates the US could offer to the public! Oh, and keep in mind that a vast majority of those people that joined anti-Trump demonstrations, didn’t even vote! It goes without saying that we’d observe the same phenomenon if Hillary had won.

Participation is a basic element in a democratic state. The term ‘private citizen’ was not accepted in ancient Athens. A democracy needs active citizens. No one back then could declare himself a ‘private citizen’. Everyone was expected to be actively involved in public affairs. Otherwise corruption and demagogues took over.

thanks. i agree with you on choice. metaphorically, i agree with you on the nature of being a citizen– speaking more literally, i dont think mandatory voting (like in australia) is better. but yeah, the protestors shouldve probably voted 🙂 then they might realize that if they dont like the outcome of the process, they either need to accept the process or change it– not simply reject the outcome.

Yes. Voting shouldn’t be mandatory. People should know THEMSELVES that they have to participate. Sometimes I wish I was living in a totalitarian state. I wouldn’t have to worry about public affairs. Just a dude in some old communist country maybe? I don’t know. I may be thinking like a moron now…
– At least I know one thing. I live in Greece. A democratic state. But the Greek Republic totally failed… We went bankrupt! People around me, they blame everyone else (Europe, Germany, US banks) except themselves.
I can assure you that Greece went down mainly because of corruptions and bad politicians. And then, this country’s fate was sealed by -you guessed it: the indifference of Greek people!

this country’s fate was sealed by -you guessed it: the indifference of Greek people!

ugh. we cant be too far behind, then. i mean sure, we are trying to be this vast global force, but hey! so it was one time in your neck of the woods. darn those bread and circuses.

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