Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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A vote to not vote

The late George Carlin said, "If you vote, you have no right to complain." Was he right? I think it depends.

The way I see it, voting is a form of empowerment. In a political context, that means it empowers politicians. Now, supposedly politicians "represent" us, so really, by voting, we'd be empowering ourselves — but look at reality.

According to a recent Rasmussen poll, the majority of Americans want a complete troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and yet, our elected "representatives" in Washington insist on perpetual war. And who empowered these maniacs? Why, the voters of course!

Face it — political voting is delusional. The monopolistic, coercive, and impersonal nature of the system guarantees that your individual voice is never heard.

That being said, there are other, non-political ways of voting which actually result in self-empowerment and the fulfillment of goals. You don't have to wait for some grandstanding "representative" to effect change. You can vote through direct action in the economic and social spheres, by supporting things you believe in. Vote with your money, vote with your feet, and vote with your voice; then you will have earned the right to complain.

Samuel R. Hayes
Keokuk resident

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