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My ‘Evolution’ in Politics, and Why I Didn’t Vote Yesterday

by on Nov.07, 2012, under Elections, Opinion, US Politics

I remember in 2008 being angry and resentful of all the people that voted for the “Marxist” Barack Obama. Looking back, it’s funny, since I voted for Chuck Baldwin. Oh, I’m not questioning the socialist nature of Barack Obama, but the reality is that he supports the same planks of the Communist Manifesto that most Congress criminals also support, including a lot of Republicans. So, nothing special there.

For the most part, I voted straight Republican in the 2008 election, though not for president. I determined that I wasn’t going to support evil, so I voted for someone that actually lined up with what I believed at the time.

Then, as the time to vote in 2010 rolled around, I had “evolved” a little more.

At the time, I lived in the great (HA!) state of Ohio, and the gubernatorial race was between an unusually pro-gun Democrat and a Republican with a mixed record on many things, including gun rights. In reality, I didn’t have to struggle to figure out who to support: I voted for Ken Matesz. Sure, the Libertarian Party candidate didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning, but I had already determined not to support candidates that I couldn’t fully agree with, so Kasich was a no-go.

In 2011, I watched a video of Ron Paul. Like tens of thousands of others, I can say “It all started with Ron Paul.” When he spoke, I heard what few others had ever said, and no politicians: I heard him speak of real liberty. I had long since parted ways with even my “Christian perspective” education, choosing to embrace factual reality over whitewashed, feel-good anecdotes, though a more accurate understanding of history was still to come.

As I heard, for the first time in my life, a politician speak of the Constitution as if it really mattered, and of liberty as if it was so real that you could reach out and touch it, Dr. Paul inspired me to throw off for good the War Party duopoly and embrace true liberty, which obviously could not be found in any political party viable for election.

Over the rest of 2011, and into 2012, I read voraciously, devouring articles and essays from the great philosophers of liberty, such as Frédéric Bastiat, Lysander Spooner, Ludwig von Mises, Murray N. Rothbard, Lew Rockwell, and, of course, Ron Paul. Through being exposed to multiple schools of thought, some liberal and others conservative, but all lovers of liberty, I underwent a thorough “detox” process, seeking to remove every vestige of coercive collectivist thought, and coming to understand and respect the inherent, God-given rights of every individual.

(Side note: as a Christian, I am bought with a price and belong to God, but that was through my own choice of accepting Christ as my Saviour. God does not coerce me into obeying Him. I obey Him out of my own free will.)

Thus, after realizing that the State is inevitably based on coercion, force, violence, and theft, I determined that I would no longer consent. After all, when a government is unjust, its powers are still derived from the consent of the ruled; they just need to stop consenting. So, I stopped consenting.

I will no longer vote in any election. The “democratic” process is a sham where 51% eat the 49%, and I refuse to participate in this system through casting a vote. The reality is that the politicians never do what they promised to do, so why should my bad choice of a pathetic politician affect you? After all, if you can get one vote more than me, you can legislate the theft of my wages, my property, and even my life, if I participate in an activity that you wish to outlaw.

That sort of power shouldn’t exist. It’s barbaric. We just pretend it’s civilized and call it “democracy.”

Democracy is the god that failed. It’s time to quit participating in a fundamentally flawed system that promotes two twins as being radically different, that presents theft as altruism, and suggests mob rule as “democracy.” It failed. Let it die already.

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  • Johnny Tabasco

    I and a lot of people like myself in Austin agree with you.

    • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

      You just slightly increased my perception of our capitol city, Johnny. Thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1213629500 Marge Ague Sweigart

    Your story sounds almost exactly like mine. I have come to the same conclusion. This was the first general election I didn’t vote in since I turned 18 in 1976. I don’t think I’ll ever vote again. In fact, I’m thinking I might even withdraw my voter registration. But, if I do that, I’ll never have the opportunity to participate in jury nullification.

    • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

      Awesome! While I disagree with our compulsory jury system, any chance to put a stick in the eye of our corrupt judicial system through nullification is worth it, I think!

      • Phenry

        Everyone should have a copy of the “Citizens Rule Book.”

  • Tjeffson

    Excellent article. I didn’t vote this year either. I found Ron Paul in 2007 and ever since then the light has been switched on. I wrote him in for the 2008 ballot but after this election season, I’ve also come to the conclusion that I won’t give my consent anymore.

    Another good read can be found here: http://www.ino.com/blog/2012/10/doug-caseys-top-five-reasons-not-to-vote/

    More and more people seem to be waking up and withdrawing consent. That’s a good thing. I’m really hoping we find a few states that start using Nullification to kick the feds out of their state business.

    • Phenry

      “Doug Casey’s Top Five Reasons Not to Vote” is an excellent read. After going through that and following several of the links, and links from those links, I am starting to believe I got a little Anarcho-Capitalism in my blood, or whatever he called it. Under his definition of Anarchist, I see my self agreeing with quite a bit of what he says.
      The whole “cutting in line, smoking under No Smoking signs” stuff though, that’s ridiculous. Some of that just violates the common decency and respect one should give to others.

      • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

        That’s the wonderful thing about libertarianism: I can completely disagree with being rude while still appreciating the Caseys, Jeffrey Tucker, Jeff Berwick, Simon Black, and all the rest of those guys and everything they do for liberty.

        I see libertarianism as a philosophy more than a political system. I’m certainly an Anarcho-Capitalist, or more an Agorist, politically-speaking.

        • Phenry

          Absolutely agree. There is much to be said for much of what he espouses. As was pointed out, perhaps in one of his columns, the downside to some of his “less agreeable” behavior is a certain disdain others may have for him and his actions and the possibility of becoming an “outsider” to some extent.
          I think along those lines, I may be a bit more conservative.

  • chrijeff

    Except that we don’t *have* “democracy.” Democracy is what the Ancient Greeks had. A relatively small percentage of the population (basically property-owning adult males) congregated in the marketplace of each city-state to decide questions that affected the whole. *They* decided, not anyone they elected to decide.
    What we have is a republic. Remember the anecdote about Ben Franklin? Someone asked him, “Dr. Franklin, what kind of government will we have?” He said, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

    • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

      Key phrase: “if you can keep it.”

      That ship sailed long ago, chrijeff.

  • webshade

    I didn’t vote either! Can’t put my “stamp of approval” on more war, debt, state control of my life etc, etc. I think I discovered a more libertarian thought before I discovered Ron Paul around 2007. I voted for Michael Badnarik in 2004 I think it was, not sure, though I am not a part of the Libertarian Party, or any party. I am a registered Independent, always have been. Great article, enjoyed reading it!

    • http://www.jameslstreet.com/ MC1171611

      Thanks for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

  • blackdot

    You do realise, that there is a difference between a marxist, a socialist and a social democrat, of which obama is the latter?

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