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I hate politics. 11/5/2008
I'm sure all of you are well aware that I don't have any interest in politics. Consequently, election time is very annoying to me because of all the propaganda and people getting pissed about things that will never affect them. Perhaps the biggest thing, though, is the reactions I get from people when they discover that I don't vote. I have noticed that people become much more annoyed about me not voting than if I had decided to vote for the party opposite their affiliation.

I was at work the other night and I was talking to my boss at work, who is possibly the most conservative person I know. He asked who I was voting for, and I decided to test out my "Theory of Political Apathy Intolerance." I told him that he wasn't going to like my answer (to imply I was voting Democrat) and he didn't get pissed, but just looked a little disappointed, and seemed to accept it. Then I told him I wasn't voting and he launched into a rant about how people should have to vote and other junk I didn't really pay attention to. Though his reaction was more extreme than most people's, it is demonstrative of the population (people I talk to) as a whole.

So why don't I vote? Here are the reasons:

1. I don't care about politics and I'm uninformed.

I simply don't have any interest. I'm not interested in spending my time reading up on issues and political agendas and junk. I don't think there's anything wrong with it; in fact I'd encourage people who do vote to be more informed. But for me, voting for someone or something that I know nothing about seems like I'm voting just to say that I did to my friends, rather than actually caring about what I'm voting for. People who are a combination of both politically outspoken and uninformed irritate me more than anything else.

2. I don't want to wait for hours in line while enduring more stupid propaganda.

I heard about my friends waiting in line for a really long time to vote. And I'm sure the booths are packed with arguing idiots. No thanks.

3. One vote doesn't make a difference.

In a nation of approximately 305,583,054 (US Census), one vote simply doesn't make a difference. Even by state population, it still doesn't. It doesn't matter who I vote for - the outcome will still be the same. By no means do I think that my vote should count for more than anyone else's, or that it should have any more power than it currently has. However, to me, it's worthless to spend any effort on a situation I cannot change.

Inevitably, someone will pipe up and say "But if 50,000 people like you changed their mind and voted, it would make a difference!" And they are right - it would make a difference. But there is a fatal flaw in that argument, and it is that I am not 50,000 people. Even if I give in and go vote, that still leaves the other 49,999 people that didn't. If my decision to vote also caused the other people to vote, then I'd definitely do it.

Now that the election is over, we're moving into the whining phase, complete with threats to move to Canada and predictions of the collapse of the U.S. In this case, it is the Republicans, but four years ago it was my liberal friends at Miami when W won. It's really all the same to me. Basically, I get annoyed at any politically outspoken person, regardless of affiliation. I look forward to things finally quieting down.

16 responses to "I hate politics."

yindotrunks
    11/5/2008 11:01:10 AM
zero wait time!
Luke
    11/5/2008 11:02:35 AM
As a fellow non-voter in the past I must say I agree with your reasoning. However, speaking to the second point, I had a very easy, no-wait, un-hackled voting experience. I hit the poles around quarter to 6 and had no trouble getting in or out. Plus, I am also grossly uninformed about issues and candidates. As a result I just left a lot of my ballet blank and just voted on what I knew (or for the people who ran un-opposed). There iz no law that says you have to vote for all the crap on the ballet.
Fergblog
    11/5/2008 4:06:00 PM
Wow, I wasn't aware that there were other people that were akin to their own inadequate knowledge. I did not vote my first time around ('04) for the very reasons listed here. Seems to me that there are people who's sole job is to decide what is best for our country, and those are the people that will be telling the President what to do. I think I will trust them. Additionally, it is nearly impossible to actually learn about the issues due to what you call "propaganda." I like to call it politics. Of course the candidates are going to say what people want to hear - if they dont, they wont be elected. And, unfortunately, people don't usually know what is best for them. This time around I decided I would vote for the sole reason that the hour hassle it was to get to the polls would far outweigh the verbal abuse I would take if I didn't. My criteria: charisma. A good leader has to have charisma or he will not be liked causing even the good things he does to be ridiculed. A good leader is able to convince the people that a decision that is not immediately good for them is in their best interest in the big picture. Obviously I picked Obama, as McCain is the anti-charisma. Excellent post.
Luke
    11/5/2008 4:11:33 PM
Wooo! Sounds like you would cast your vote for a Bard. We need a vote to get them into D&D 4.0. Itz quite obvious they are needed.
NateHudd
    11/5/2008 9:05:51 PM
So why were you in College Republicans again?
Greg
    11/6/2008 9:56:21 AM
Luke: Bards are worthless. Nate: Because Josh Vogt convinced me to and I got a free shirt.
Fergblog
    11/6/2008 1:22:36 PM
Glenn: you kickass
Greg
    11/6/2008 3:21:03 PM
Correct. I forgot to mention that part.
Ryan
    11/7/2008 4:41:33 PM
I know the conservatives recently took power in Canada, but I still can't imagine Republicans threatening to emigrate. I wish more uninformed people would not vote.
MajinAce
    11/7/2008 8:04:58 PM
America is such a great country because if you don't want to vote or don't care to vote then you have every right to do so! Maybe if say one candidate was going to allow big corporations to hog bandwidth on the internet because he didn't know anything about computers and one would not, that might bring more interest if you play online games? While I stand by the right to not vote, I think its funny that, we just so happen to live 30 seconds away from the voting place, and it is such a small town that you could literally (which I did) walk in and out in 2 minutes. Interesting tidbit, in Cuba, the amount of eligible voters that vote is about 99.9%... and that's because those who don't vote are hunted down and god knows what happens. There is only one person on the ballot too, so its not like its hard choice!
MajinAce
    11/7/2008 8:15:04 PM
BTW ELIGIBLE VOTERS = 231,229,580... TURNOUT THIS YEAR = 122,253,626 (APPROX) SATISFACTION THAT I = 1 + 122,253,625 IS A POSITIVE.
Eric (edited once)
    11/8/2008 6:09:40 AM
Elections come down to whatever asshole promises a gumball machine in your cafeteria. A bunch of stupid childish shenanigans.
Greg
    11/9/2008 12:35:08 AM
Mike: Good thing you voted and made it 122,253,626. Because 122,253,625 would have simply been unacceptable. Eriq: My school cafeteria never had a gumball machine.
NateHudd
    11/9/2008 9:16:32 AM
People in this group are pissed!
Eric
    11/10/2008 9:30:57 PM
My point exactly, I'm sure your class president promised you some bullshit like "No more homework" or some bullshit that they have no control over. The President of the United States is no different. He promises a bunch of bullshit he has no control over. Please, I plead to all of you out there, if you want to make a difference in our government, vote for your State Senators and Representatives, not the President.
Luke
    11/11/2008 9:40:51 AM
I agree with the fact that the presidential candidates promise a bunch of junk that they might not be able to pull off. But he does hold the all important veto and only a 2/3 vote by both houses of Congress can overturn it. When you think about it, thats a lot of State Senators and Representatives that have to be voted in to oppose the president. I'd say his position makes a big difference.



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