I don’t vote.
I’m proud of that. I follow what George Carlin had to say about it.
“I don’t vote. Two reasons. First of all it’s meaningless; this country was bought and sold a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every 4 years *pfff* doesn’t mean a fucking thing. Secondly, I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around – they say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain’, but where’s the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with.”
This week I got an email from some guy I graduated college with in ’83. I didn’t know him but somehow I got on a list.
I Googled him and it turns out he’s an ultra right wing guy. The thing that caught my attention the most was something he said about Mexicans who were coming into the country and, in one rancher’s case, were disconnecting water lines meant for cattle.
This particular point was designed to infuriate me.
It did, about what an asshole this guy must be.
I actually answered the email and told him that if I had just crossed a desert because I was so poor that I was risking my life to have something better I might want a drink of water too.
He didn’t answer.
George Carlin used to talk about “stuff”. Is this what we’re always worried about? Our “stuff”? Starving Mexicans drinking our water, using our resources, our health care, walking on the sidewalks our taxes paid for…is that what scares us?
The economy isn’t good and that makes more people want to villainze others. It’s very predictable and if you look at history some non-majority group in the culture gets blamed for the woes of the angry majority.
Human nature to blame. Human nature to hate a lot of the time.
A lot of the time human nature sucks.