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To Vote Or Not To Vote?

Patch is interested in your take on a philosophical argument.

I was having a philosophical argument with somebody Thursday, and we were going back and forth and back and forth. And then the person said, “You should put it on Patch.” At first, I thought it was silly, but I thought about it more and realized it is a good idea.

So here is the argument, a classic “what if.” What if a person is not happy with both presidential candidates, should they vote?

On one hand, the one person argued that people have fought and died for the right to vote, and it is part of one’s civic duty to vote. If somebody doesn’t vote, than they can’t complain, the person said. Voting is the right thing to do, they said.

The other person disagreed, saying that if neither candidate stands for what that person believes in, how can they vote? How can one justify voting for a candidate that contradicts some of that person’s core beliefs, just to supposedly satisfy another patriotic belief?

People have fought in this country for both the right to vote and the right not to vote, as really they fought for freedom, the person argued. If neither candidate stands for that person’s core beliefs, and there is no way to justify in one’s own mind either candidate, than that person shouldn’t vote for either, the person argued.

The other person said the problem would be solved if there was simply a way to vote “none of the above,” which made both people laugh. But then that person continued that it is important to be part of the solution, not the problem, and to vote for the person who will most likely be part of the solution and not the problem – in other words the lesser of two evils. The other person countered that they thought both candidates would create more bad than good, and by voting for the lesser of two evils, one was still voting for evil.

So, as every argument goes, both people walked away shaking their heads. My question to you is, who do you think had it right?

Foofaraw September 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Agree. There are other choices. I see the point though...if you voted in the Primary and your choice for President did not make it so far. There are many other parties to take a look at and you could be surprised. There is never a wasted vote.
Ron September 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Yes you should vote. The vote is not for Obama or Romney. The vote is do you want capitalism or unionism. Both capitalism and unionism have shortcomings but the distiction between the two economic models are very clear and without any ambiquity it should be easy to choose what you want America to be. If you want unions to dominate the economy of America you have to vote Democratic, You will be voting for a California and CT type of economies where State workers are guaranteed job security for life with all benefits paid for by citizens in the private sector. If you want capitalism you have to vote Republican. You will be voting for small businesses and corporations forming the jobs for the private sector with benefits and pensions borne by workers saving money in their own retirement systems. The choice is clear and you should vote because your vote will determine your children's future and your countries future. The choices are clear. Obama and Romney are not the issue. You are not voting for who you like. You are truly only voting for the America you want for your future. The choice has never been more clear then this election.
xsailor8 September 14, 2012 at 04:48 PM
always exercise your right to vote....certainly one candidate or the other reflects some of your views
Ron September 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
CT has already voted in the 2012 Presidental election and is sided heavily with unions versus favoring private sector capitolism. CT with Molloy as the most liberal union supporter in the nation has chosen to stand with California, Illinois, Ohio to guarantee State unions reap the benefit of every tax dollar collected. Molloy chose to believe in the Union Suggestion Box initiative (which was supposed to generate 500 million dollars) to guaranttee the State had money to pay retired union workers for life. To date the Union Suggestion Box program has saved 11 cents. Just as 4 major CA cities have already entered bankruptcy CT is poised to have many cities declare bankruptcy in the next several months. New London with $ 9.15 in its budget surplus will join CA cities within 12 months. Molloy is counting on Obama to bail out all bankrupt CT cities as he did with General Motors by having the private sector and middle class pay for union worker salaries, benefits and retirements. How many private companies or private sector workers in CT can count on Molloy and Obama to pay them for life ? If the answer is not many CT workers can count being paid for life by Molloy and Obama, then there may be reason for the underclass ansd less fortunate ( i.e private sector workers) to consider their future and their children's future..
John Sheehan September 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
If you do not like the major party candidates, then vote for one of the third party candidates that most fits your values and ideas. However, if you want even a marginal say in the actual choice, you should vote for the major party candidate that is closest to your values and ideas. There are a number of web sites that permit you to select how who feel about the issues and which candidate best reflects those views. The actifvity is fun and educational.

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