Sunday, November 04, 2012


"When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them." - Franklin P. Adams, American journalist-humorist

People are faulted for only supporting one of the two major American political parties, but the reasons for such isolated support may be similar as to why someone shops at a big box corporate retailer instead of a locally owned small business. Perhaps they don’t see any alternative. Thus, the fault lies more in the Establishment Media political machine than the people it allegedly serves.

People should have the conscience to vote for whomever they want, regardless of the chances of victory for any particular candidate. In an extreme circumstance, as a show of protest or disgust at the lack of suitable candidates, choosing to simply leave the office choice blank should be considered a perfectly acceptable choice.

Showing up to vote, and turning in a blank ballot, would be the true protest as opposed to simply staying away from the polling place and not voting. Imagine if every qualified American voter who did not feel like voting in a particular election turned up and dropped a bunch of votes for nobody in the box.  

In the end, it does not matter who you choose in the ballot box. Elected officials are in office to represent all of the people, not just those who voted for them. Despite the traditional rhetoric of the pundits, there is really no such thing as a “mandate” of the electorate.