Monday, November 5, 2012

Why I Won't Vote

I've written an essay, originally for Facebook, explaining why I will not be participating in the U.S. presidential election tomorrow.  It is available at my website here.


May said...

I disagree; we do have a duty to limit evil as much as practically possible in the regime in which we are placed. In doing so, we are choosing the good that is possible, not the (lesser) evil that comes along with it without our choosing. A principle of double effect. Considering Obama's EXTREME pro-abortion stance, worse than any other president in our history, and violations of religious freedom, I consider it of utmost importance to do everything lawfully possible to throw him out. If that means voting for Romney, the only realistic alternative at this point, though not my ideal candidate either, so be it.

Theodore Harvey said...

I started to respond, but really, I think I've said all I have to say. I understand that not all American monarchists will agree.

Flambeaux said...

Excellent points, Theodore. A pity more people will not give them serious attention.

It took all the will-power I had to bring myself to cast a ballot this time around. I don't think I'll bother next time. It's not worth the hassle.

carmeljamaica said...

I haven't visited in a while, but I wanted to post a comment to tell you how much I love what you wrote - was very enthusiastic about it that I know I had to share it. Each sentence is filled with truth, I couldn't have said it better myself.

To more counter-revolutions! Long live the monarchy!

Laura C. said...

Beautifully stated.

I will admit that I voted in a vain and desperate hope that it might slow the devaluation of the dollar. I have no illusions that anything can stop the fiscal nightmare our country is in, and that it is one of the side effects of our glorious political system. I was just hoping to put off the tax nightmare for a few more years.

No more. Vanitas vanitatum and all that.

Jim714 said...

I enjoyed reading your essay on electoral involvement. In all honesty I share your feelings, yet I vacillate. I live in California and what keeps drawing me to the polls are certain ballot initiatives that I either object to or support. And as along as I'm there I fill in the whole ballot. But unenthusiastically. It is a serious conflict for me, one that I have not been able to resolve.

Thanks for your thoughtful post.