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Letter to the Editor - Oct. 4

October 04, 2012

Voting only encourages them


To the editor:

I won’t be voting on Nov. 6. I consider it my patriotic duty.

The Declaration of Independence says that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Well, I hereby withdraw my consent.

Both sides have tried to frighten me into voting. “If the other guy wins, bad thing will happen!” they say. Both are right. Experience has shown that no matter who wins, bad things will happen.

GWU law professor Jonathan Turley says, “…our political system is fundamentally broken, it’s unresponsive.” I agree. I don’t expect it to get any better no matter who is elected on Nov. 6.

In his 1849 essay, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau asked, “How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today?” Thoreau answered his own question this way: “… he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

American government has strayed much farther afield since Thoreau wrote those thoughtful words and I, like Thoreau, cannot without disgrace be associated with it.

If the choices are a black eye from one party or a bloody nose from the other, I won’t give either one my vote. Blacken my eye, if you must. Bloody my nose, if you will. Don’t expect me to pick one over the other.

I love our country enough to stop validating, by my participation, a system that bruises and bloodies the American people afresh with each new administration. How about you?


G. F. Miller
Hagerstown

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