Ok, so we’ve got this terrible thing on our back, this duopoly. And, we’ve spit out the citizen’s duty, lesser of evils Kool Aid. Does that mean don’t vote, or vote Green (or red, perhaps)? The two legacy parties are in complete agreement on the need for austerity – a need that is fictional. So either legacy party vote endorses the same suicidal position. But a nonvote does not stop anyone from winning, and a protest vote (Green, etc.) has the same net effect as a nonvote. Any vote is symbolic. Choose a or b or c or nothing at all – the results are guaranteed to be the same. The vote is a signal, a sign – something lik e a bumper sticker. Will anyone notice it? Will anyone care? Should anyone care?
Before I get carried away, there may actually be a vote that could matter. Should Obama win, his party in Congress will certainly carry water for him, even as he moves to further fuedalize our state and society. Meanwhile, the Repugs will do their part in the fight for plutocracy since that’s what Repugs are about. So Obama wins, and we’re screwed. But if Mittens wins, he may just get some pushback from the Dems, particularly progressives and even the Congressional Black Caucus (which has been neutered by hope and change.) Perhaps just maybe there’s a chance of no grand bargain. Perhaps our only glimmer of hope at least in the near future is a Romney victory. So – and bear with me here – the best move for a progressive in a swing state would be to get out and vote – for Romney!
Just sayin. Also, I’m glad I don’t live in a swing state.