On Tuesday, November 8, General Election Day, I will walk into the polling place, show my ID, get my ballot, proceed directly to the Ballot Box, and drop it in. I will cast a vote for None of the Above, and my vote will be counted.
We all have a choice to make on Election Day. We can
1) Do something positive
2) Do something negative
3) Do nothing at all
Staying away from the polling place meets the criteria for option #3, a useless waste of a good vote. It’s what the majority of eligible voters do every election. It’s the passive acceptance that has given us the government we have today.
Casting a vote for the “least repulsive” candidate amounts to option #2 – a positive vote in support of evil. A net negative.
Taking a stand by casting a vote against all of the establishment candidates is, however small, a real positive action.
My blank ballot vote says this:
– I reject all of the candidates on the ballot and think them all unfit for office.
– I reject the system of taxpayer-funded primaries that give preferential treatment to established political parties.
– I reject the media treatment of an election as a sporting event and the candidates as gossip fodder.
– I reject the party-dominated government that violates the constitution with impunity, and the complicit media that ignores it.
It is those 50% of eligible voters who stay away from the polling place every election who have given us the government we have. Those who, like George Carlin, say “if you vote you can’t complain”.
All the carping and griping about the pervasive evil, the incompetence, the greed-driven political situation is piss in the wind. The time spent pounding out column inches of blathering text, the pontificating to barroom buddies, the clever memes posted to facebook, are all useless drivel, a dust mite in a monsoon. These things have no effect on the powers that be, no change will be brought about.
There is something that we can do that will actually make a difference. We can vote no. We can vote for none of the above. We can formally and officially proclaim that we withdraw consent.
Cast a blank ballot. A vote for no one. A real, actual vote, that is really counted, that will show up on the election tally. A vote against every candidate on the ballot. A vote against every Republican, every Democrat, every Libertarian, every Green.
Get up off of the couch, turn off the TV, put down the phone and go vote no. Or give silent assent to the continuing usurpation of government by greed-driven politicians.
If you honestly think that there is a candidate for president that is deserving of your vote, then by all means vote for that candidate. As for me, I will be voting no.