If you gave into cynicism and refused to vote, it’s understandable. This campaign season was prodigiously wasteful and nasty. And I get tired of the guilt trips too. I know people died for my right to vote but sometimes it’s hard to connect an intellectual ideal with the day to day scuffle.
But consider. Collaborating with your own disenfranchisement and giving into passivity can’t be a good idea. And remember, by no means was the presidential election the most significant or the only game in town. It’s all about the local races. Saddened by government gridlock. Guess what? That’s on us.
I hope you won’t allow the poisonous message that government is the problem blind you to the facts. Just ask the folks digging out from Sandy. We need good government. It is attainable and necessary. Will it ever be perfect? Absolutely corruption-free? Will we resent taxes? Absolutely ask the Apostle Paul. But if you’ve ever visited or lived in place with ineffective or minimal government: Chad, Bosnia, well … Will big money always find a way to make itself felt? The answer to these questions is obvious. But I hope we never forget that poor government is only possible with our cooperation, non participation, disinterest, contempt, et al.
Look, if you reduce your political participation by what happens on voting day, you will always be disappointed. You have to commit to what the old heads call “the struggle.” Can you imagine what would have happened if more progressives were on the Florida Electoral commission? Our library had some really out there conspiracy books. I’m joining the purchasing committee. Don’t think the PTA is high profile enough? Shame on you.