Oh, for Criminy’s Sake, Vote

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. Its a fraught political calculus, whether to vote for a wing of an establishment that is committed to the slow destruction of the US national economy and the slow onset of catastrophic climate chaos simply because the other wing of the establishment is committed to the rapid destruction of the US national economy and the rapid onset of catastrophic climate chaos.

But for Criminy Sake Vote. Not voting is not protest, because the power that be want you to not vote. Not voting is, indeed, compliance with our corporate feudal overlords, or corporate feudal overlords in waiting if I am in an optimistic mood.

Not voting is compliance. Not voting makes you a full fledged member of the Suck-Up Society which our corporate feudal overlords (possibly in waiting) is eager to expand and perpetuate.

I am just an economist of small political brain, so I am not going to tell you whether to vote Democratic or Communist Party or Green Party or Progressive Party or WAS(fr)P {White Anglo Saxon (former republican) Party, eg, Chaffee & Crist} or whatever fringe or protest party you can find. If you’ve got a Clown Party to vote for, vote for them.

But freaking vote. You can vote against the Replicants, You can vote against the Democ-Rats. You can vote against the Constitution Party if you care too. Whatever.

Just vote. Install you and your finicky, dogged, whimsical, bitter, jovial, and/or whatever else or whatever mix of the above that you care to name self into the equation.

Disclaimer: the above does not represent the views of my employer, the Wall Street speculators that they hope to sell shares in their company to the unwary or unwise, my spouse, either brother, or the housecats for which we all work. Nor of the poster to the immediate right.

And none of the above is to argue that voting is sufficient. If it is necessary, it is by no means sufficient.


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  1. already do.  They’re the ones who lecture, and get upset, with alternate viewpoints.

    The ones who don’t, may vote, or may not, but don’t give a shit.  And I guess it feels good to stick your tongue out at them or talk to them like they’re 5 year old kids.  For whatever good THAT does.


    If I vote, it won’t be because of you.  Or to stick a fork in someone’s or anyone’s eye.  Or to express anger, disappointment, or to try to create a consequence of any kind.

    I don’t generally talk about the vote.  Or I try not to, except the people who lecture and browbeat annoy the shit out of me.

  2. “voting” in the rigged oligarchic system of two parties of oligarchy and everything else limited to marginalization, ridicule or complete oblivion, not only legitimizes the fraud.  It is a form of loyalty oath given to denial that the system is failing the overwhelming majority of us.  It also gives people the sense that by voting that they’ve “done their part” and have no further civic role, when in fact they’ve accomplished nothing at all for themselves and are giving up any power they may potentially have unused, untested.

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