In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution. — Thomas Jefferson

Not Bothering To Vote

September 19, 2012   ·   By   ·   3 Comments

Some commentators have said many voters will decide not to participate in November’s election. If you are one of those voters, this article is written for you. Rather than allowing yourself to be discouraged, please take a moment to reconsider.

Is it because you don’t like the choice between the Democrats and the Republicans? Are you tired of the “lesser of two evils” approach? Do you think it really doesn’t matter who wins the election?

The United States Constitution doesn’t say our government is a “two-party system”. The Constitution neither calls for political parties, nor does it prohibit them. Political parties are simply organizations designed by people to consolidate their power. The problem is that both the Democrats and Republicans focus more on staying in power than on representing the interests of most of the voters. Instead of supporting the voters, the Big Two political parties expect the voters to support them. If you’re fed up with these two “major” parties, why give them a default victory by not voting?

The Big Two aren’t our only choices. There are other candidates who are virtually ignored by the media: the so-called “third-party” candidates. My “third-party” choice is the Constitution Party. You may even be inspired by reading their platform.

If you feel like not voting at all, why not vote for a Constitution party candidate? The miracle of representational government could become a reality if enough voters decide they no longer wish to be pawns of power politics in the hands of the entrenched Big Two. Don’t foolishly throw away your opportunity to make your will known.

The fallacy of thinking your one vote doesn’t make any real difference is this: An election is supposed to represent the will of the people. For every citizen who feels ones vote is irrelevant, there are millions of others who have the same kinds of doubts. If they all make the decision not to vote, then government ceases to be representational. When voters opt out, election results only represent those who did vote. That isn’t the will of the people.

Government by sample is not democracy. Nor can a federal republic survive when citizens do not vote. It’s not that it takes a village. But it takes everyone in the nation, not just ideologues pushing their agendas. Every regular, average citizen in the nation has a moral responsibility to vote. Choosing not to vote has negative consequences. It produces “leaders” who only relate to the special interest groups who keep them in power, not the general populace at large.

Another significant reason to vote is that elections are not just about the candidates. Ballots not only give voters a choice of candidates but the choice of giving a thumbs up or a thumbs down to ballot measures. Depending on where you live, ballots may include local and state issues, such as proposed changes to charters or constitutions, tax increases, bond issues, etc. These ballot measures can directly impact your life.

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of folks say things like, “I just don’t know who to vote for,” or “The issues are so confusing.” My answer is there is no one better qualified to make these decisions than you. There are a lot of radical and ignorant voters out there who don’t care about anything but getting more hand-outs from the government. And of course, that means you, the tax-payer foots the bill. Do you want these lowlifes making government decisions because you feel too unqualified to bear your share of the burden?

These same people who make excuses that they don’t know enough to vote intelligently, don’t seem to have any difficulty going to work or knowing what kind of car they want to buy or what clothes to buy. They don’t seem to have any trouble learning all the names and stats of all the players in the NFL or other leagues in other sports. They don’t seem to have any trouble finding time to text their friends or see what’s on Facebook or play all the latest games or be conversant in what’s hot on YouTube or the latest music videos or movies. And not too many seem to have any trouble voting for their American Idol.

My point is, people always find time for whatever they consider important. If you decide not to vote, then freedom isn’t important to you. Our form of government is REPRESENTATIONAL SELF-GOVERNANCE, which means it’s not someone else’s job. It’s yours, mine and ours. If you don’t have the ability to run for office, you share in the responsibility of hiring someone who does. To shirk that responsibility is reprehensible because those who have been hired to do the job frankly suck at it.

We all begin life as children. But then we are supposed to grow up and be adults. One characteristic of adult hood is taking responsibility to shoulder your burdens. But America has become a nation of whining babies who want someone else to take care of them. I really think a lot of people want to remain that way — dependent and irresponsible. Spoiled and immature, babies don’t vote. But adults do, because at some point they grow up and put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11).

Will you grow up? Will you bother to vote? Or will you opt out of the democratic process and let others decide your fate, the one you share with the nation? The freedoms you still have in this country are the direct heritage handed down to you by mature and courageous men and women who stood up and fought for freedom. Many of them paid dearly with their life’s blood. To refuse to answer your civil duty to vote, is no better than spitting on those patriots’ graves. Either bear the burden of citizenship, or bear the burden of your shame.


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Michael Day is a native Californian and a retired mailman, proud of the fact that while most of his friends were protesting the war in Viet Nam, he volunteered for the draft and served in combat with the U.S. Army Infantry. His diverse life experiences range from singing with the San Diego Opera to doing menial labor and being involved in church leadership for twenty five years. His blog, http://retiredday.wordpress.com, is an expression of his deep convictions concerning freedom and Biblical faith.
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  • WXRGina

    Mike,
    Oh, how I wish we could suddenly have a very viable, truly conservative third party! If only each election now weren’t so “critical” for the survival of our nation, and if only a hundred million conservatives were not afraid to cast that third-party vote (and actually have it counted by the tabulators).

    • retiredday

      Me too! Regardless of what happens, I reject choosing pragmatism over principle, or inaction over a seemingly futile action. As a purist, I will stand or fall on my own convictions, and pray that the LORD will raise up righteous leaders. I am done with lesser evils. They have the cumulative effect of snow-balling into greater evils.

      • thisoldspouse

        Thank you. I was beginning to feel like a Lone Ranger out here standing by conservative principles by refusing to compromising my principles. I cannot vote for either candidate in good conscience.

        I see this as a test; conservatism means standing for what’s right, even in the face of horrific prospects. If we can be swayed to abandon our principles “just this one time” to get by until later, there never will be a “next time.”

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