Why I Don’t Vote

Why I Don't Vote

My public school education programmed me to be a good citizen and vote. I’ve been subjected to public service announcements informing me that my vote counts. And every election season, politicians on both sides of the political spectrum encourage me to cast my ballot through their get-out-the-vote drives.

So I did. I’ve voted for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. “My guy” won sometimes, lost sometimes. And guess what? Things never got any better no matter who was elected.

But that’s not why I decided to stop voting.*

Beyond the fact that, in our certified fascist political system, big business will get their way regardless of who’s in office. They lawfully bribe both candidates with campaign contributions and are all but guaranteed a nice return on that investment. The candidates are simply the facade. The real culprits of the swindle are unelected.

Beyond the fact that voter fraud is practically encouraged and occurs even in primaries.

Beyond the fact that your choice is between two sides of the same coin. Voting explicitly supports the corrupt two-headed, one-party system based on gang tactics.

Beyond the fact that voting for the lesser of two evils still represents a willful vote for evil.

Those are all great reasons not to vote. But the primary reason I refuse to vote is simply because it would encourage them. It would give them legitimacy.

The power of the state is only upheld by the majority who believe in it or accept it. The more people withdraw consent (by not voting), the weaker the regime becomes.

Thomas DiLorenzo gave a tiny history lesson about our Democracy and how voting plays into it:

Democratic regimes also base their legitimacy on their ability to claim that their rule is “the will of the people.” They believe in democracy with all their will, they tell us, so much so that generations of American politicians have believed that it was legitimate to wage war on other nations and to kill thousands of their citizens to impose “democracy” on them.

In fact, democracy is the greatest hoodwink ever pulled off by the ruling class. In medieval times, the king lived in his castle high up on the hill. So everyone knew where their taxes were going and where to direct their ire.

But in a democracy, the king has become decentralized making it all the harder to determine who the real opponent is. People now believe their taxes are going to benefit themselves — “the people” — while failing to recognize that “the king” has simply become “the state”.

DiLorenzo continues:

But America was not founded as a democracy. It was a constitutional republic. The whole purpose of the Constitution, James Madison wrote in Federalist #10, was to control “the violence of faction,” by which he meant democracy. That’s why, until the Lincolnian “Civil War Amendments” were added to it, every part of the Constitution was a prohibition of some kind of governmental power or activity. Democracy was made into a “civil religion” by Lincoln and subsequent generations of Lincolnites who have successfully overthrown the constitutional republic of the founding fathers.

These constitutional prohibitions or limitations are all but ignored today, of course. The Constitution does not provide for the central government to get involved in education, let alone sending a man — and untold millions or billions of dollars — to Mars. There are no longer any constitutional limitations on the central government.

One need not look far to determine that our civil liberties and personal freedoms guaranteed by the constitution have been substantially diminished by the state. Or that the state itself has grown ever larger and increasingly meddlesome in our daily lives.

DiLorenzo sums it up nicely:

That’s why it is unpatriotic to vote. Being patriotic in America means being devoted to the Constitution, if not the natural rights philosophy that motivated much of it. Since neither of the major political parties has any interest whatsoever in enforcing the constitutional limitations on the state, they are all traitors to the Constitution (with one lone exception, Congressman Ron Paul).

Anyone who supports them is also behaving in a traitorous manner. That is, anyone who votes for any of them. Voting only allows these traitors to the Constitution to proclaim that “the people have spoken” and “I am your president,” or congressman, senator, governor, or whatever. Their legitimacy rests solely on their ability to make this claim.

(*DiLorenzo’s exception is my own. I decided not to vote unless Ron Paul appears on the ballot.)

I’ll finish with some humor from the ever wise, always vulgar, George Carlin…

Agree or disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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6 responses · 8/11/12

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Jeremiah Bartholamew August 16, 2012

Good on you Brady,

Not voting is one of the easiest things to do, to protest what the government is doing. Like you, I’m definitely voting if Ron Paul gets on the ballot. Carlin speaks some good words that bucks the notion if you don’t vote you can’t complain. To add to his point, it’s not like if I did vote and did complain, anything would be different…


Brady August 19, 2012

Thanks Jeremiah. The more I learn about how the state is swindling, abusing, and taken advantage of us, the more I’m inclined to fight back. The way I see it, the majority of the sheeple will continue to sleepwalk while being oblivious to the fleecing. Only truth can wake them from slumber. I’m finally wide awake.

Ron Paul is a beacon of light that shines through the fog of war that is everpresent in Washington DC. As a constitutionalist, historian, educator, and man of integrity & honesty, sometimes I wonder how he’s been so successful in politics. 🙂


Adam Gibson August 21, 2012

To all the Americans that do not vote:

P.J. O’Rourke once said “Don’t vote, it only encourages the bastards.” While some people take those words to heart, I am writing you to ask that you change your mind for this one election. Think about
this, if everyone that didn’t normally vote went to the polls on November 6th, 2012 and voted for Gary Johnson, they would be responsible for electing the next President of the United States. People that believe they do not make a difference will have decided the election. That is true power. That is bucking the system at the finest.
Most non-voters believe that their vote is useless, since a single vote has no influence over the election. Without a tie, they believe their vote doesn’t matter. They believe voting is a waste of time and therefore stay home and let the chips fall where they may. Well if you believe that way, join us and actually make a difference. Wouldn’t you like to see Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s faces when they announce Gary Johnson as the winner? They would be like ‘what the hell??’ and politics as we know it would be turned upside down.
Others believe their votes are insignificant because both parties are purchased by lobbyists, so their voice wouldn’t be heard even if they voted for the candidate that is trying to appeal to them. Well, Gary Johnson is not your typical candidate. While he was a Governor of New Mexico for 8 years and has the record and experience to back up a Presidency, he is also a Libertarian. He believes that people should be able to do what they want as long as they don’t hurt anyone. Imagine a President that will end the Drug War; that will end the IRS; that will allow people to live their lives as they see fit. YOU COULD BE PART OF THE MOVEMENT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN! All is will take is your vote.
If you are one of the people that does not have a sense of civic duty to vote, I implore you to at least consider my proposal. You could make a difference in this election! You could have a vote that matters and you could also piss off the establishment at the same time.

If any of this appeals to you I ask that you take a chance and vote for Gary Johnson on November 6th, 2012. He will be on every ballot, so this scenario is possible. All I ask is that you think about it.

Thank You


Brady August 21, 2012

I appreciate the comment, Adam.

I don’t know a whole lot about Gary Johnson, but from what I do know, I’m not all that impressed. His policies are sort of ‘Ron Paul light’ — similar in nature to those of Ron Paul, but not total and unforgiving. Take the drug war, for example. He wants to legalize marijuana but won’t go as far as ending the War On Drugs. Sure, he’s acknowledged the war has failed, but has not gone so far as to say he’d end it.

No doubt he’d be better than Obama or Romney. But since he’s no Ron Paul, I’ll be perfectly happy staying home on election day.


Chris August 21, 2012

I registered to vote only a couple of years ago. Don’t know why i did. I got by just fine, not voting ever since i was eligible. I guess i wanted to act like an adult, and “do my part”. I was one of those people who always thought that my single vote doesn’t matter anyway. I always said, no matter who’s in office, it won’t affect me. I work for a small company, i get paid either way? But now, i feel the effects of the economy. The housing market, raised taxes, unemployment, etc. I totally agree with what you said, no matter who’s in office. Nothing changes. The big companies, banks, government will do what they wanna do anyway. So, what do we do?


Brady August 21, 2012

Good last question to ponder: what do we do?

Real change is accomplished from the bottom-up. We are the powerful many; the big companies, the banks and the state are the weak few. Using the truth to wake up those who are still asleep is the first step toward change.

Ludwig von Mises said, “No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result.”

Thanks for the comment, Chris.


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