There is no reason whatsoever to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Seriously, who am I going to vote for? Obama? Give me a break. Romney? Don't make me laugh. Of course Ron Paul isn't even on the ballot. Nor is Gary Johnson (I live in Michigan). Just hold my nose? Not a chance in Hades. The "lesser evil" is still evil nonetheless.
Voting for either of these two clowns would mean not only my tacit approval of the Status Quo, but imply my endorsement of a political platform I abhor. It also would mean that I took the time and effort to go out of my way to support evil, which is something I refuse to do. Hey, I do have to live with myself when all is said and done.
I do not support the arbitrary powers wielded by the federal government these days (particularly its Executive Branch). I think the very idea of putting my life, liberty, property and 'pursuit of happiness' into the hands of the criminal gang which occupies Washington, DC, is totally nuts! I consent to none of it. These creeps and charlatans aren't merely unfit to rule … they should be (permanently) locked behind bars.
I get why people want to kick the corrupt and contemptible Democratic Party out. What I don't understand is, how anyone could possibly think putting the odious Republican Party in power could even marginally restore "truth, justice, and the American way." It's a leap of faith that flies in the face of all of life's experience … talk about a fairy tale.
Both wings of the federal government — Democratic and Republican — are more than guilty of "a long train of abuses and usurpations." One could argue (correctly, I think) that it's unAmerican to support either of them. But what good would it do? If the high taxation, crushing debt burden, failing economy, open-ended wars, non-stop lies and systematic assault on our personal liberties hasn't radically changed opinions regarding this two-party charade … what will? We're too busy "rooting for clothes" to even think about it. May God have mercy on us all.
Last but not least, "we" are not the federal government. Our forefathers understood this, which is why the Bill of Rights specifically protects us — private (unique) individuals — from the federal government. As Murray Rothbard put it,
The government does not in any accurate sense "represent" the majority of the people. But, even if it did, even if 70 percent of the people decided to murder the remaining 30 percent, this would still be murder and would not be voluntary suicide on the part of the slaughtered minority. No organicist metaphor, no irrelevant bromide that "we are all part of one another," must be permitted to obscure this basic fact.
If, then, the State is not "us," if it is not "the human family" getting together to decide mutual problems, if it is not a lodge meeting or country club, what is it? Briefly, the State is that organization in society which attempts to maintain a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area; in particular, it is the only organization in society that obtains its revenue not by voluntary contribution or payment for services rendered but by coercion. While other individuals or institutions obtain their income by production of goods and services and by the peaceful and voluntary sale of these goods and services to others, the State obtains its revenue by the use of compulsion; that is, by the use and the threat of the jailhouse and the bayonet. Having used force and violence to obtain its revenue, the State generally goes on to regulate and dictate the other actions of its individual subjects. One would think that simple observation of all States through history and over the globe would be proof enough of this assertion; but the miasma of myth has lain so long over State activity that elaboration is necessary.
By its very nature, the state works against, and ultimately consumes society. Its tools are immoral and unjust. You can argue all you want that the state will always exist, and you may even be right. But that doesn't mean I have to support it by voting for Statist Schmuck #1 or Statist Schmuck #2. After all, that certainly sends the wrong message.
P.S. — Contra popular myth, the truth is that if you vote for evil (even the "lesser" kind), you have no right to complain. What did you expect? You didn't really believe all those campaign lies, er, uh, "promises," did you? "Garbage in, garbage out." I'll let George Carlin take it from here.