My fellow Americans (apologies to readers from other countries, both for this US-centric post and any negative effects our policies have on you), it's election day. Are you sick of the Republicrats and Demopublicans and all their jockeying for position? Are you ready to throw out the incumbents and usher in the next wave of do nothings? Are you sensing my utter cynicism with the process? Good! You must be very astute!
Well, cynic or not I'm going to vote and I urge you to do the same. Is it because I think there is a snowball's chance in hell that it will matter or count for meaningful change? Nope. Is it because I think there are some fantastic candidates out there who are people of integrity and who want to make a difference? Nope (though I will allow that perhaps there is some viable candidate somewhere who may be). Then why?
I plan to vote because it's my right and my responsibility. There are people all over this planet who will never have the opportunity and I need to realize that I am very fortunate indeed to be able to have the chance. That's the upstanding, idealist, patriotic argument. Though I do buy it I am also so completely disgusted by the partisan crap, fear-mongering, and inflammatory speech masquerading as debate that I can't find a single viable candidate who I think amounts to more than a bucket of spit. In fact, given a choice between most of them and a bucket of spit I might go for the salivary output.
The the question remains. Why am I voting? I am voting because it's my duty and if I don't then I give up my right to complain about the job they do until the next election. At the very least I need that right!
Ok, two ranting posts in a row (though I hope you realize I'm really not such a curmudgeon). Tomorrow I promise a non-ranting post.