I took a little heat recently when I mentioned that I was unsure of whether I would bother making it to the voting booth this year. Running a political website and podcast, it would be hypocritical of me to abstain from taking part of one of America’s favorite holidays – voting day.
For me, its a bit of laziness, combined with being busy, and also a renewed lack of trust in the electoral process. I’d probably be more inclined to vote had I not known of voting machines changing votes, and of other machines, for some odd reason, being built with the ability to count “fractions” of votes.
I may have been able to store that gem of knowledge away in some dark, locked, part of my sub-conscience, had I been even remotely enthusiastic about the candidates I’ve been presented with. Hillary – crooked, Trump – blowhard, Johnson – laughable, Stein – no. Voting for the “lesser of two evils” has lost its appeal, as ultimately, the lesser of two evils is still evil.
On the other hand, I’ve been berated by local talk show hosts, calling NeverTrumpers stupid, childish, and selfish. Those of us tired of holding our noses are “giving the Presidency to Hillary”. Really, should Trump lose the election, it is the primary voters who gave the presidency to Hillary by nominating a candidate so unappealing to the American people that they either voted for someone they knew was awful (Hillary) or sat at home.
Regardless of whether I make it out to the polls, I won’t be voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but rather Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson, a man who was done a lackluster job promoting the ideas of libertarianism, instead oversimplifying the philosophy as “fiscally conservative and socially liberal”.
Jim Sensenbrenner, my congressman, is a shoe-in. Although I’d love to see him replaced, if only to see a new face, my district disagrees. Senator Ron Johnson, someone I supported in 2010, went ahead and voted to remove the debt ceiling. Easier to blame Obama after the fact than to fight him on spending now. I won’t support Johnson either.
But what about those local elections; school board, state assembly, maybe a referendum or two. It seems that all the attention has been given to the presidential election, and any local issues have been tossed aside. If I voted, I would be voting without being informed whatsoever. So, is it worth it?
The truth is my influences have changed. Were it 6 years ago, I’d go along with Mark Levin (a Nevertrumper turned NeverHillary), and hold my nose. Murray Rothbard, a man I admire for his intellect as well as consistency and honesty, was, according to friends, “too smart to vote”.
So, will I vote? I’m not sure. Might swing through the precinct on the way home tonight, or might be to tired to stand in line, waiting to cast a ballot that may or may not be counted.