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Why We Vote: An American Enigma

On Tuesday we vote. Well, some of us vote, while others, helplessly disenchanted with the process or otherwise disengaged, do not. Yet, many do vote and they vote for candidates who, normally, have worked their way up through the political parties and have gained the support of powerful special interests willing to fund their campaigns. They represent the Republican Party or the Democrat Party, or their wealthy donors. However, as voters, it is your job to show up and vote for your party.

And that’s it. That’s everything you need to know about “Democracy in America”. The age of a substantive and thriving Republic are gone and Alexis de Tocqueville wouldn’t even bother coming to America today – what would be the point?

So, let’s be honest with ourselves: why do we vote?

I cast my first vote for President in the year 2000. The Republicans nominated a Texas Governor with no real political philosophy, but Big Business was extremely excited about him, and all these career politicians that had worked for Presidents Nixon, Ford, and this candidates father, George H. W. Bush, were also extremely excited about his candidacy.

The Democrats nominated Bill Clinton’s Vice President – the country still riding high on Reagan’s Economy, shielded from political disasters by a new (well, not new) public cooperation between the Federal Government and our most profitable corporations – the Democrats wanted to continue the “Clinton Years”.

The Libertarians nominated Harry Browne: a constitutionalist and freedom loving American. I was young. I was 21 years old. I didn’t know that I had to vote Republican or Democrat. I didn’t know that I was supposed to pick a “team”. So, since it seemed like the Republicans nominated a guy that a bunch of wealthy, politically connected insiders adored, and that the Democrats nominated a guy that another group of wealthy, politically connected insiders adored, and because I looked at our country and felt like we were slowly sinking into despotism, I cast my vote for Harry Browne.

That vote inspired a studious engagement to politics on my part. I participated in the political process and I wanted to understand that process. Sure, my vote got lost in the void of a media-created civil war between Republicans and Democrats, but the process meant something to me nonetheless – I wanted to understand.

The more I understood, the more I feared Democrats. I didn’t like the Republican Party, but the Democrats, I was certain, were totalitarian. Under the Republicans, we fought wars, we passed massive prescription drug legislation, dramatically and frighteningly expanded the federal government, we encouraged our own government to spy upon us, we grew the government (no, I’m sorry, we grew the BUREAUCRACY) to historically obscene levels. But the Democrats frightened me still – more than all the government I saw swirling around me. So I voted for George W. Bush in 2004, because John Kerry seemed like an incompetent and terrifyingly stupid tyrant.

Then things got really bad. The economy crashed and everyone was hurting. Excuse me, that’s not true… Everyone except for Bush’s wealthy Corporate Class donors were suffering. I lost my own tiny little business that gave me the freedom to work from home and travel as I saw fit.

Barack Obama

So, I voted for John McCain. Well, no, I voted for Sarah Palin and against Obama, but I had to select “John McCain” on the damn ballot, so I technically voted for the scorpion king of the GOP.

Why?

Why did I vote for these people? Yes, the Democrats are scary, but the Republicans are dangerous, they lie, they manipulate – they are corrupt and dishonest and they are destroying America – at least, destroying “America the Free”.

After the sick feeling I experienced when I voted for John McCain – I was done voting for Republicans.

Except, Barack Obama.

So, I voted for Mitt Romney. I know! INSANE! I surely lost my mind.

Why did I vote? I voted because I was afraid of something more evil than the evil I thought I could survive. I voted because I didn’t have the courage to get involved and actually promote and vote for quality American Citizens who actually wanted to represent me. Yes, I said, “represent”. I don’t want to vote for leaders whom I have to follow. I want to elect representatives that have to represent me.

So I thought I had sworn off the Republican Party for good. (I’d never make that mistake again).

Dave Brat

It’s 2014 and I’m fighting tooth and nail for a Republican, but a Republican I respect, agree with on many things, and who I believe would represent me in Congress. However, I can’t vote for Dave Brat, because I live in Rob Wittman’s district. That’s ok, I can still work the polls for Dave Brat. I can still write about Dave Brat. And besides, I don’t have to vote for Wittman. I don’t have to vote for Ed Gillespie. I don’t have to ever vote for another Republican that simply will not represent me in Congress.

Why do I vote? I vote for a representative – Someone who will represent me in Congress or in the White House or in Richmond.

Why do you vote?

On Tuesday, I will be voting for Robert Sarvis for Senate and for Anthony Riedel for Congress. If you live in the Virginia’s 1st District, then you already know that Rob Wittman is going to win. He’s not a constitutionalist or a conservative or a libertarian. He’s an establishment Republican and if you don’t want to vote for him, but you want to vote anyway, then you can write in Anthony Riedel. If you don’t want to vote for Gillespie, then you can vote for Sarvis. If you don’t think Sarvis will represent you, then you can write in Shak hill.

Virginia, I beg you, do not vote for someone who will not represent you in Congress, because the inevitable result will be that YOU WILL NOT BE REPRESENTED IN CONGRESS!

Period. End of story.

 

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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