To Vote OR Not To Vote? That is the Question.


Whether it’s George Bush, Barack Obama or Mickey Mouse in the White House does much really change?!?!

The Democrats and the Republicans both keep us in a perpetual state of war, unbalanced budgets and world record shattering incarceration rates.  Anybody with half a brain understands that the ways in which the two main parties agree are far worse than any way in which they actually differ.  Is it any wonder why most people don’t vote?  Why have any faith at all in political slime?  There is probably more to gain by voting for the winner of American Idol than choosing between the elephant and jackass.

I came to this realization at the ripe young age of 16.  At which time I decided that I was going to be a principled non-voter.  I figured…  “Why play a game where there is no winner?” The media is sponsored by the same corporations who sponsor the political players.  So why in turn would the media ever report honestly on the politicians and piss off their backers?  The whole system is rigged.

By the time I had reached my early 20’s I had a new outlook on the subject of voting.  At this time I still had little to no faith that much if any positive change could be made by government but I had taken an interest in the Libertarian Party.  I figured that if somebody I liked was taking the time to run the least that I can do is take an hour out of my day to go vote for them.  After all, a vote for a 3rd party is a clear message of dissent against the status quo.

Whether you vote or not, I think even the most skeptical among us can’t deny that candidates like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson delivered a message to millions, if not anything else.  I believe that there are many ways to advance liberty and politics is just one of them.  Who has been more effective… Ron Paul, Edward Snowden or South Park?

H.L. Mencken said “The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.”

When you vote do you merely give further validation to a violent system that enslaves the populous?  Or is it merely most strategic to vote for the candidate who will allow you to be more free?

Maybe a vote of dissent against the current system is greater than no vote at all?  Who knows?  I don’t.  That’s just my idea.


About Author

Matt Bergman founded Punk Rock Libertarians in 2010. Formerly played guitar and sang in the Baltimore punk band "TENWATCH" and currently plays guitar and sings in "post freedom".