6 Nov 2012

Elect today and get to work tomorrow

The unprecedented election is today.

Check out this website to see which candidate matches your views. It's far more informative than making a decision based on tax returns, sound bites or skin color. It also shows (to me) that alternative party candidates offer no hope sound policy positions.

I decided not to vote from the Netherlands, since California is in the bag for Obama, but now I'm thinking I should have voted libertarian, since that "message" would have more weight.

In any case, I -- like the Economist -- think that Romney's schizophrenia (craven populist, social darwinist or fiscal terrorist?) and the neanderthal policies of his party makes him unsupportable for president.*

But -- and here's my big point about this election and your vote -- remember that "democracy every two years" is not working. I could say MANY things about why that's a problem, but here's my attempt to keep it simple:
  1. Representative government does not make it easy to elect ONE person to represent us on many issues.
  2. Government power has extended into areas of life best left to individuals.
  3. Both parties are vying to take over government to inflict their policies onto others rather than implement policies that serve us all.
  4. The solution (less government) implies a DAILY battle to remove government shackles, not a bi-annual struggle to get the "right guys" in.
Bottom Line: Go vote, but put the other 95 percent of your energy into pushing for effective (read: smaller) government of, by and for the people.

* I would prefer to see a few more of THESE bumper stickers:
  • Patriotism is loving your country; nationalism is hating others.
  • The difference between patriotism and nationalism is TRUTH.
H/T to CC


Peter Gleick said...

I consider your decision not to vote grossly irresponsible -- why should anyone in the future listen to anything you have to say?

On my ballot (which presumably would be pretty similar to yours) is, besides POTUS, Senate, Congress, State Assembly, State Senate, Mayor, Council representatives, School Board, BART Board, Rent Board, 11 major state initiatives (including death penalty, three strikes, major tax decisions, GMO labeling), 10 local initiatives....

David Zetland said...

@Peter -- presumably b/c I say something USEFUL? Voting does not make one's opinions valid. Logic and common sense do. I am glad to hear that you are voting, but I am both uninformed and unaffected by most of those options, so I prefer to leave voting to people like you. Then I will work on improving the other 80% of our lives that are NOT affected by votes.

Robpublican said...

That each individual has a say in how government is run is not nearly as important as the say that individuals have in how their own lives are run.

Democracy is the least worst form of government only in that it seems to be the best system at protecting individual liberty. Having EVERYONE vote is not nearly as important as having (most) everyone able to.

In any other system, things get worse and worse until the solution is worth dying for. In a democracy, things won't progress that far. The bastards at the root of a problem will be obvious long before we need to kill or die to get rid of them and everyone can take action at the polls.... at least, that is the hope.

I'm with you Z, voting is mostly a waste of time for people in the USA. But I wouldn't to live anywhere where it wasn't.

kim crayton said...

I don't care how well educated you are. If you lack wisdom you are ignorant! The moral climate of a nation is extremely important to the success of that country on every level, so suggesting that Obama is a better choice is pure foolishness! This country was built upon a Biblical foundation! Would you say that this country is better improved? If you say yes, then I say again...foolishness!!! Millions of abortions are performed each year...Wahoo, let's celebrate Obamas agenda. Gay marriage is now legal...Great! This only sounds good to those who have no Biblical moral compass, or do not see their need for forgiveness and freedom from Someone greater than themselves.
There is hope for you in Jesus Christ, and in Him alone!!!

David Zetland said...

@Kim -- It's not that often that I run into moral certainty on this blog, but thanks for showing up to clarify how false it is. First, remember the first amendment of the constitution separates church and state for a reason: to keep people like you from telling me what I should believe. Second, note that wisdom brings the ability to accept others, an ability that you are lacking. Keep praying for wisdom and tolerance. Hopefully one of the gods will enlighten you.

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