I'm going to talk about politics again, if I may. Hell it's my blog so yeah, yeah I am. This time though I'm going to try to avoid comparing everyone to Nazi's and blowing a situation wide open. I'm going to talk instead about political apathy.
This is basically when you've been screwed over so much you really don't care. This is the main reason people don't vote, and why the guy who was already in stays in, as people will just vote for whoever is in power. Fair enough if they're doing a good job, keep voting for them. That's fine. But one of the things it mostly boils down to is being sick of choosing between two evils. I'll say it again but Cthulu really is the answer there. Why vote for the lesser evil?
In the last English election people DID vote for the lesser evil. This time around he was known as Nick Clegg. I tend to vote for Labour because I don't like David Cameron much as an individual (though I did enjoy the way he stood up to Europe) and I don't like the conservatives much anyway. They say you should vote for the party and not the individual but I doubt anyone does. Tony Blair managed to win several elections because he was seen as a pretty cool guy overall. He had charisma. He could talk you into letting him stab you. Gordon Brown on the other hand...no. The less said about him the better. He got into power without winning an election, and seeing as the last election ended in a hung parliament, he technically never lost one either.
I really think though that one of the worst things you can do is not vote. I don't really know all that much about the American political system. It seems you spend a while deciding between several candidates on who gets to run for each party, the Republicans or the Democrats, and then you get to choose between the parties themselves. If you don't like either one, you really are left with little choice but to not vote. At least here in England if you really want to vote for no one who means anything, you can vote for the Monster Raving Looney Party. We have several options for if you really don't give a damn.
I understand not wanting to choose between two evils, and that you've been screwed over a lot. I mentioned Nick Clegg earlier, he was voted for by a lot of students because he promised (he even signed a written document) that he would end tuition fees, and make higher education free again. He entered into a coalition with the Conservatives, and raised (that's right people, he RAISED) tuition fees. He shat on the students from such a height that they thought God himself had defecated upon them.
Barring some form of miracle, I really do not see Clegg ever having a chance in the next election. The coalition doesn't seem to be going to well either from where I sit. But, at the next election, I will vote for anyone but the guys who piss me off. I will tell them with my vote that I don't like them. I would rather choose the lesser of two evils than let the bigger evil have a slightly better chance at coming in.
Then again most politicians are dicks and hide their evil well. People might cite Obama as an example, but I don't live in America, I don't know all the details, I'd like to avoid putting my foot in my mouth.
In summary, please do vote people, even if it's for who you think might be the lesser of two evils.
P.S Ron Paul 2012. Assuming Cthulu is not a late entrant.