Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Politics!


So my blog fits fairly comfortably in a little blog niche. We girls blog about our outfits and our kids (human or feline) and how much we love vintage and a variety of nerdy and/or craft related things. I love these blogs so much and I really hope that this post doesn't get me knocked right out of the loop...

Because in our niche? We avoid politics like the plague.

I mentioned on here recently that I have been interested in some things and I'm ready now to explain myself. Here's what I am interested in: Occupy Wall Street, a people powered movement to end the monied corruption of our democracy.

After spending a good deal of time looking into the movement and what it is all about and the goals and strategies, I find that I really do identify with it. (If you are interested in learning about it, try this site, read this article, check out this blog.)

However, I differ in one area: VOTING

Part of #OWS --as I understand it-- is that the system is so messed up, needs to be completely restructured, overhauled, that participation is moot. In fact, you are actually contributing to the problem if you vote. But I disagree.

The way I see it, there are two parties, right? One that accomplishes very little and one that actively tries to destroy everything good. So, even if you are voting for the lesser of two evils, as they say, at least one evil is much, much lesser than the other. You know?

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  1. Hi, there. I hope this doesn't sound judgmental, or weird, or too much like a lecture you don't want (or need). Or weird, mostly. I just thought I'd explain myself as an active non-voter. I am not apolitical, I am anti-political. Being very socially liberal (in terms of women's rights, lgbtq rights, environmental rights), I find myself agreeing with much of the rhetoric of the Democratic party. The problem is that rhetoric is not actually politics, is not actually what gets the job done. The fact that our "democracy" operates on a fixed two-party system (the first time I ever voted, I voted Nader), with an electoral college in place to keep actual individual votes from being counted, means, to me, that it is not a democracy at all. We, the people, the 99% if you will, don't have the final say. Not in a single thing. I'm a North Carolina resident, and I'm sure you're aware, we just had that vile Hate Amendment added to our constitution: not because people voted for it, but because somebody put it on a ballot in the first place. I, personally, wish that we all, as North Carolinians, as Americans, could've/would've stood together and said, "F--- you, North Carolina Congress. We refuse to play your games." The system is corrupt, and I choose not to participate in a corrupt system.

    This isn't me trying to convince you of something, though (because, seriously, who needs that?) I just thought I'd explain myself (though, if you've been doing the reading, you've probably read much better-articulated versions of what I wrote here). I also want to thank you for opening up a dialogue. It takes a lot of courage to talk politics on a "lifestyle" blog (or whatever you want to call it), and the ideas behind the Occupy movement are important, culturally as well as politically.

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    1. No, no, not too weird at all. I totally see where you are coming from. I know that the system in general and both parties are corrupt and it is not a true democracy and the electoral college BS, but I still believe that one party is much, much more corrupt and the other at least claims to stand for a few of the things I stand for.

      Thanks you for commenting!!

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  2. "...there are two parties, right? One that accomplished very little and one that actively tries to destroy everything good."

    Hahaha. That's funny.

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  3. Voter apathy, seems to me, to be indicative of national general apathy. As a nation of consumers, we want only the funny or interesting information about any given topic (including our political system). When the circus of social issues (gays want to marry, oh noes! Health care reform...zzzzz) fails to entice the attention of would-be voters, they drift into apathy. Just like TV shows that require too much attention or jobs that require actual labor, Americans are just not interested...by and large. I think voter apathy is kind of just the political manifestation of a national malaise we have been under ever since Kennedy died. We don't really seem to have a national identity anymore and, if we did, it would be kind of sad.

    This is in no way meant to be an attack on Michelle up there (I don't know you and I wish you nothing but happiness and health) but I must distinguish between the apathetic and the anti-political. I find those who are anti-political more frustrating precisely because they aren't mindless consumers of political junk food but they refuse to make our metaphorical diet healthier. Anti-political citizens are abdicating what little voice they have in our present system to those who at least know the game must be played (thereby empowering those who can be bothered to vote even if they are morons). If one isn't actively striving to overturn our current system of government, why would you toss away one of your few political weapons? Even if you refuse to play the game, the game is still being played and you are being directly affected by the outcome. It saddens me to think how many people against that NC amendment may have voted but didn't out of a misguided notion that they were somehow making a statement with silence. When the quietly sane refuse to speak, the loudly insane will rule the discourse. I find most anti-political people (except the raving nutsos who want to secede their house from the union) are really quite bright an thoughtful. I just don't think they have measured the unintended impact of their removal from the playing field (so many mixed metaphors!). Also, if you are anti-political and are working tirelessly to overturn the representative democracy we operate under, please ignore all of the above. You scare me but at least you are doing something. Conviction without action is meaningless.

    Ok, enough of my soapbox...sorry about that. I just feel strongly about voting. I wonder, if there were an option added to the ballot that says "I care, I just don't see an option I like" if people would come out to make their frustration heard?

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  4. "When the quietly sane refuse to speak, the loudly insane will rule the discourse." That is it exactly, Josh! Because what if all the anti-political had voted that day in NC? Would the amendment still have passed?

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  5. "When the quietly sane refuse to speak, the loudly insane will rule the discourse." - ooh, I like that too!

    I feel a responsibility to vote. I am glad I live in a democracy, and I enjoy many benefits as a result of it - it's my duty to take part in the decision-making process when I can. People have fought and struggled and had to earn their right to vote, and there are plenty of people around the world today who can't, ever, choose who runs their country. We can. Also (yeah, I'm going to go there) as a woman I feel that rsponsibilty even more strongly. The time when women weren't allowed to vote is still just about in living memory, and it fills me with awe, respect, and gratitude that somebody stood up for my rights as a citizen. I have always felt that it would be downright rude of me to ignore their efforts.

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    1. Yes! I am so glad you went there. To think of the women who risked everything so that we could have this right that we often take for granted and so many people do not have. It DOES mean something.

      Our votes are not entirely futile. Want proof? Obama!

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