Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The sanction of the victim

I have a confession to make. Something that I have lied about to friends, parents, girlfriends, and coworkers. I did not vote in the 2004 Presidential election.

At the time I just brushed it off, telling myself that I was too busy with schoolwork to bother myself with getting an absentee ballot. And then after the election, I was so ashamed that I missed out on the democratic process.

But the truth is: America is irredeemablely fucked up. I am not going to pretend like I care to fix it.

I want no part of it. I will live here, pay taxes, wave the obligatory flag on July the 4th, but I cannot wait till I get out of this country. I am not saying that anywhere else is any better. It is just too painful for me to see this country come so close to being great, with so much potential, only to throw it away.

I will become an expatriate like Hemmingway, and sip absinthe on the Champs-Elysee. Resigned and staid.

I will not give the “sanction of the victim” to the politicians. They will not be able to say, “The people have spoken” because of me. There was a legitimate choice in that election? What? Two equally execrable lie-peddlers? Either you are for a limp-dicked communist, or you are for a cowboy-boot-wearing ex-cocaine-head spoiled oil-brat.

What do you do if you are an insensitive, fiscally conservative social liberal? Huh? Vote in Bush because I choose to be discriminated against?

Man, the two party system blows ass.

Which leads me to my conclusion: I think I will join the Libertarian Party. They are for the abolition of taxes and the legalization of marijuana. They are the “party” party!


amanda said...

"Stan, it's always been betwen a giant douche and a turd sandwich. Nearly every election since the beginning of time has been between some douche and some turd--they're the only people who suck up enough to get that far in politics."

Vote or die, bitch.

Ed Grow said...

Haha! Paris Hilton joined the Puffy campaign for 'vote or die'. Then she didn't vote. She was probably too busy sucking some skank-whore's enormous cock!

Anonymous said...

holy shit. ed = alan. i didn't vote either for exactly the same reasons, but from time to time i spinelessly lied to get some "vote or die" person off my back.

i briefly considered voting for some random wacko...that would be a vote against the 2 party system, at least...

but now i've concluded we need to return to pure democracy: representative democracy is the problem. convince people you "represent" them (a ridiculous concept) & then do whatever you want to for the next 4 years.

the practical barriers to pure democracy don't exist anymore. replace the u.s. government with a single open source voting program.


Bianca said...

Yes Ed, do come and join us out here in the left balcony. We've got great seats to this farce.

Ed Grow said...


You would describe it as "a single open source voting program".


Holy shit! I haven't talked to you in a very long time...hope all is well with you. Love!