With the presidential election at hand, it will be time to pull the faded Ron Paul 2012 sticker from my car. Around town I see some like-minded people with the same sticker. I also see a few stickers for our local Catholic radio station, but I’ve given up looking for someone else with both a Ron Paul and a Catholic Radio sticker.
Oh well . . .
I was waiting in line at a fast food drive-through when a fellow walked up to my window after having noticed the Ron Paul 2012 sticker on my car. He said to me:
“Do you know who you are electing if you don’t vote?”
“What if I just vote for Obama?”
That response turns out to be a good way to silence people who can’t understand why I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils (even when I can figure out which is the lesser of the two evils).
Some libertarians make good arguments for never voting. I have to respect the ideals of those who refuse to play the game at all. Abstention denies the rulers their fantasy that we approve of their crimes and avoids befouling oneself by participating (even peripherally) in the evil of government.
I might ask such a principled non-voter if they would be willing to cast the deciding vote on the question: “Shall the government be dissolved and none take its place?”
If I cannot resist the ballot box on election day, then I must seriously consider the moral burden posed by the act of voting. Continue reading