Sometimes (okay, pretty much all the times) it feels like a pointless choice between a wide variety of evils. So despite how annoyed it makes people when I tell them I don't vote, I continue to exercise my constitutional right to spend Election Day thinking about pretty much anything else.
After all, politicians are all variations on that Gil Fullbright guy, right?
There's one caveat to my non-participation, though, and it's that I don't think it's the politicians' fault. I think We the People have created this situation by approaching our elected officials with selfishness, pride, and fear.
The higher up they go, the more they're gonna have to pander to our stupidity.
Take ol' B-Rock (a.k.a. "El Jefe," a.k.a. "Mr. President").
That guy's a boss. I've read his books, and let me tell you—Obama comes across as intelligent, compassionate, and wise. He also reads as a pragmatist... which unfortunately translates as him being willing to compromise on principles in order to get things done.
I'm not naive.
I know that the way things are right now, you do have to compromise. I just don't think it's worth it. I think it's better to ride out against the evil, even if you know you're going to lose.
Keep your integrity, hope for a better tomorrow, and lose. Hard-line pragmatism is a deadly-cynical way to live, and it's always gonna end in bloodshed.
I'm not optimistic that we'll be able to reverse the pragmatism/cynicism trend.
But sometimes you do get glimmers from the lower-tier politicians. The ones who maybe haven't climbed so high and made enough compromises that they've completely lost their moral footing. Take this Senator Jeff Jackson guy who's currently blowing up the internets (as much as a low-tier politician can do that) for the twitter-tear he went on after being the only one to show up at the North Carolina state legislature during the Icepocalypse, yesterday.
Now, I could be wrong.
This dude could've just had some graduate-student staffer with him who had a great sense of humor and a finger on the pulse of the world's not-insane-people.
I feeling like a little hope might be in order, today.
Here it is, though... you decide: