That said, I'm giving consideration to voting this year. I'd vote independent or Libertarian across the board. Not because I have strong Libertarian beliefs or am pulling for a particular candidate... no, it would just be to give the finger to the current two-party system.
But there's still the part of me that says, "Why bother?" It's not going to make a difference. When was the last time that any third party candidate had a shot at the presidency? And don't give me any bullshit about Perot; everyone knows the only reason he got any publicity was because he was funny to watch. I'm sure there were drinking games created around his TV appearances. And if you try to pull the argument that the Perot vote divided the Republican vote that year, I'll point out that there still was no chance for anyone other than the Republican nominee and the Democratic nominee to win the election.
You know, I don't think I'd even mind if our government were utterly overthrown. As long as it wasn't by terrorists or communists. Most of the world is a civilized enough place and there is enough Democracy, and Americans are foolish and stubborn enough to fight for it, that we'd wind up with some other sort of Democratic government, I'm sure. It's just that the current system is bogged down, bloated, corrupt, controlled by money and greed and power and all those horrible things. It's been cleverly set up to favor a two-party and two-party ONLY system. And those two parties happen to both be equally corrupt and stupid, in my opinion. Very far removed from anything that applies to my daily life. I'm just saying that starting over from scratch with just the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and a few other basics, would be in everyone's best interest (minus the slight bother of the brief interruption of the entire country's infrastructure while things got reorganized).
But I'm no revolutionary. I'm not going to start (or probably even participate in, given my political lethargy) any kind of revolutionary movement. I'm just stating that trying to work within the existing system, i.e. "My Vote Is My Voice" or some such shit, is pointless and doesn't work, and those who would have you believe that it does are a little bit idealistic, in my opinion. Sorry, jenniker and worldcomrade.
I'm just saying.