I hit the Early Voting booth in between court today.
By-the-by, note that the title of this bit of prose involves the use of the word 'obligation'. I purposely did not use the word 'right', 'privilege' or 'Minor Irritation That Disturbs My Ennui'.
Voting is an obligation. It is a duty that should be borne by every American.
One day, when I have completed my Quest To Take Over The World, anyone who doesn't vote in an election will be dragged from his house by my legions of flying monkeys, horsewhipped to the polls, and there given a choice between the voting booth or the firing squad.
My reign as Monarch Of All He Surveys is probably going to be the shortest tenure in history, but -- by God! -- things will be run right.
Anyhoo, where was I?
I followed what has become my usual practice at the polls the last two election cycles: I voted Libertarian in every race that had a Lib in it, and in those races that had no Lib candidate, I voted for which ever candidate was the most classically conservative.
In races where the only choice was a liberal candidate, I left the spot blank.
It's not that I think the Libertarians are a good choice -- in some cases they are the absolute worst choice (open borders, anyone?) -- but something simply has to be done about the status quo in Congress.
Did I throw my vote away? There are people who will argue -- some vociferously -- that I have.
Be that as it may, things aren't getting any better in Washington DC, and they haven't for a while. Things aren't going to get any better until the conservatives in DC experience a radical shake-up.
I figure if the Libertarians become a viable party -- and until they can reliably pull 10 to 15 per cent of the popular vote, they're going to be a fringe party -- then the conservatives are going to have to start courting the Lib voters.
The only way the conservatives can attract those Libertarian voters is by pulling their heads out of their fundaments and start embracing some Libertarian values.
So, I hold my nose and vote Libertarian, hoping to raise their pull of the popular votes enough to make Congress sit up and take notice.
I may just be tilting at windmills, but at least I bothered to vote.