Why My Choice Not To Vote Was Deeper Than The Quality Of The Two Candidates
Why My Principles And Values Meant Me Not Voting
Less than two months ago my stance on voting was, if you don’t vote don’t complain about who is in office. I felt, and still feel, it’s a right and privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted. While my view on that has not shifted, I still made the choice to not vote today. I’ll explain…
It was last week when I made the decision not to vote; after a little more than a month of contemplation. The idea of possibly not voting first popped in my head on September 29, 2020, the night of the first Presidential Debate (I use the word “debate” so you know the specific shit show I’m referring to). I was so appalled by what I witnessed that it made me sick to my stomach. I don’t have a kid, but I remember when I was a kid I always looked up to the president; he was a person to aspire to be. After all he was the Leader of the “Free World”.
It was on that September day that I thought to myself, what do the parents of Trump supporters say to their children while watching the debate? I can imagine it going something like this, “now little Timmy, I know this is the President and your dad and I are voting for him but communicating or behaving in the same manner as President Trump is not, nor ever will be appropriate. You won’t understand this at your age, but since we get *BIG tax breaks while he (or any other Republican) in the office we vote for him.” Or, do they treat it like the “Real House-husbands of DC” and not let their kids watch it?
*Replace “BIG tax breaks” with whatever is important to you and your family.
Prior to this debate I wrote an article about how Team Red and Team Blue are just puppets for the people running everything, Team Purple. And it’s Team Purple’s job to keep “US”, the people (the “US”ofA) divided. If they keep us divided we will continue to fight with one another rather than tackle the ROOT issue, Team Purple (Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Oil, Big ECT) and their Purple System. Team Purple thrives on a two party system and if they can keep “US” as evenly split as possible they win. Think about this:
-we fight about whether or not we as humans should have the right to basic health care, but we are okay with BIG PHARMA making BILLIONS in profits by price gauging “US” to the point we can afford healthcare.
-we fight to overturn Roe v Wade and take away a woman’s right to make her own choices, but we are okay with there being tens-of-thousands of people that have been in prison for decades (some serving life sentences) for possessing weed; something I legally order online and have delivered to my house.
-we protest peaceful protest/kneeling, but no one is fighting for education reform even though everyone of “US”, outside a very low percentage, goes through this outdated system that does not serve “US”.
These are only three points/topics/issues that I have trouble wrapping my head around. The third one is really interesting to me; half of the America protesting people kneeling during a song, because they feel it is disrespect to the “US”ofA Flag. Growing up we (I) learned, “Pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic, for which it stands, One nation under God..”, but we are no longer one nation (nevermind the fact that no one sees eye to eye on this God thing). Team Purple has helped “US” divide into two nations; one Red and one Blue.
And to go one layer deeper, which is where a large part of my “problem” lay, is the fact that we label and treat humans based on their place of birth and/or party affiliation, not just as humans.
So, my reason for not voting wasn’t because I didn’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils. It came down to me asking myself if playing this rigged, crooked, hate breeding system of a game we call democracy in the “US”ofA going against my principles? Am I going against my principles by participating in this game Team Purple has created in order to keep “US” obedient; encourage “US” to fight amongst each other and not fight for what’s right for “US” as human beings.
For the reasons stated above (& possibly a few more) I chose not to participate. I stand beside this and if I ever change my view on this decision, I will own it. For now, I hope we as a country can come together after this (regardless of who wins). It would be beneficial to all of “US”, as we are all ONE.