Obama told Rolling Stone that it’s “inexcusable” and “irresponsible” for Democratic voters not to turn out in droves on Nov. 2. “Buck up,” he said.So writes Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive.
And Biden said Democrats should “stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives.”
But Democratic voters, and for that matter, progressive and independent voters, aren’t children who can be sent to their rooms without supper until Election Day.
They’re citizens. And many of them are disillusioned with the Obama Administration, and for good reason...
This election is not about rewarding the Democrats and Obama for a job well done or punishing them for a job poorly done but one of defense and voting for the least evil and distasteful. Put your disappointment in your pocket and realize that not voting Democratic and returning the GOP to power is the worst possible of all scenarios for the country. As badly as you and I feel we have been betrayed by Obama and the Dems, and we have, it is nothing compared to screwing we will get from the Republicans...So writes the Fallenmonk.
Democrats have not provided me with enough reasons to vote for them. They have become almost a non-factor in national politics. They can't seem to muster the will to block bad bills when they are in the minority and they can't seem to muster the will to pass good bills when they are in the majority!! All they seem good at is begging progressive-minded folks to hold their noses and give them another chance.
While I respect Fallenmonk a lot, I disagree with him in this instance. His argument is the same one that gets trotted out every two years. If I had chosen to hold my nose as often as the Democrats have begged me to do so, I would have perforated my nose by now! All that would be left was a hole in my face.
Yes, the GOP does not represent my interests, but neither do the Democrats. Over the past decade or so, both parties have failed my litmus tests over and over again. Since no grassroots (i.e., not funded by corporate interests) independent or third-party candidate has a realistic shot at upsetting the two party applecart, it leaves me completely unenthused with this year's elections.
So, I'm choosing to make the ONLY statement that is left to me: I refuse to vote! And I will continue to refuse to vote until which time there is a political party (or a specific candidate) that represents the needs of average people over the desires of corporations and the egregiously rich. If that is provided, I will be more than glad to participate, but NOT until then.