Thank you for not voting

Okay, so in a recent post, I admitted that while I do not hate Mitt Romney, I was not going to vote for him. And while I can certainly take the high road about personal attacks on candidates, as one who does not want him or the accompanying Republican platform elected, if you are a supporter and choosing not to vote, “Thank you.”

Because, as David LaMotte puts it so eloquently in this video, “The Myth of Democracy” (2010), “It’s not run by all of us, it’s only run by the people who show up.”

Take a look.

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So in the end, if you don’t vote, by simple percentages, my votes counts that much more. Again, thank you.

And if you missed the other five reasons that David argues that you SHOULD vote:

  1. If you don’t vote, you can’t whine. That’s the rule.
  2. It feels good.
  3. You get a groovy “I voted” sticker.
  4. A lot of people died so you can vote.
  5. If you don’t vote, someone else gets to vote for you.

It’s that last one that I am really hoping you’ll ignore because I would LOVE to cast your vote for you. I am still not sure who it will be for, Barack Obama or Jill Stien, but you’re not voting anyway, so what do you care? So if you would lean towards views that Mitt Romney and the Republican Party hold and have better things to do than vote, by all means please skip this silly voting thing. I mean really, who cares and what does it matter?

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  • http://www.patheos.com/community/breyeschow/ Bruce Reyes-Chow

    I do know that was a conversation that many people had, but honestly, I did not engage much in that. That is not at all to dismiss it, but simple not one that I felt compelled to be part of.

  • Kristen inDAllas

    Your welcome. Of course my state gave all 38 of it’s electoral votes to Romney anyway. Those are votes they get because I live here, not because I voted. They don’t deduct electoral votes in states where fewer people show up and they don’t split the electoral votes in states where a large number of people voted for “the other guy.” So see, even those who do vote, someone else gets to vote for them anyway… and I think that’s enough of a reason for us all to have a right to whine. Well, that and the first ammendment.

  • Nichole Webb Rivera

    As George Carlin said, “If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done, and have every right to complain about the mess you created, that I had nothing to do with.”

  • Jeremiah Ritchie

    Bruce, as my wife and I have struggled with who to vote for (and are still undecided) we’ve considered those who say that Christians should not vote, that we’re participating in earthly and worldly powers in contrast to The Kingdom. Thoughts? Can we do more for the Kingdom of Heaven by not voting? Thanks.

  • http://transformingseminarian.blogspot.com Mark Baker-Wright

    Statistically speaking, I thought it was “Democrat-leaners” who were more likely not to vote for whatever reason… (not that I’m happy with this reality, mind you)

  • http://twitter.com/therealaysiu A.Y. Siu

    So in the end, if you don’t vote, by simple percentages, my votes counts that much more.

    Unfortunately, because of the stupid electoral college system we have in place, your vote probably doesn’t count much at all, nor does mine. If you’re in a swing state, your vote counts a whole lot more than a strictly red or blue state’s voter.

  • Sue

    Can’t wait to vote for Romney tomorrow. Thankful for the Americans that fought for my right to vote and I love my country for that freedom and right! Why does Obama think we should vote? I think he said revenge? Pretty strange and sad.


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