I have no idea why you're getting angry over this, but that's your choice. You could indeed say that the attitude that I'm arguing for is responsible for the current situation. I'd kindly ask you to back this up though, because it seems to be baseless for me. When it comes to this particular topic, I am not aware of any movement that has forwarded this strategy in recent history. There are many examples of oppositions (in African and South East Asian countries) that have boycotted elections because they were not being fair. The strategy to make 'our' elections rigged may be different, but the fact remains that the game is rigged.
As for revolutions, of course it depends on how you go about this, they can have many different outcomes. The ones with dramatic after effects and chaos you'll hear most about. The other ones not so much. Sometimes you need a big change to improve current affairs. It gets worse before it gets better.
I understand what you're saying, but you're making the argument for me. People voted, they got a democrat that they all wanted. Nothing changes. This is exactly the problem.
I disagree. Your premise assumes that one can only complain if you agree that the current paradigm is the only system by which you can legitimately select leaders. I don't accept this premise. It only works if the system is fair. It's not fair, the game is rigged.
Why am I angry?
I had FIVE airmen from a section of Florida that literally counted for more than the rest of the stet in the 2004 election. It came down to something like a literal handful of absentee votes that won Bush the state of Florida. A better case for every vote counting couldn't be made. They didn't vote and COMPLAINED for months before I chewed them out.
You say it doesn't work? You say you see no reason to take part and let the process fall apart? That AFTER all the shitty cliques and cadres lose control of the machine you'll step up and help rebuild.
Bullshit. Inactivity is learned. You, by your inaction, enable the status quo as much as the lobbyists, the small minded traditionalists who fear change, the power mongers and the rest. Apathetic non voters have been using this excuse since the SIXTIES. That attitude changes nothing.
So you can affect change on the national party level in a single election cycle. Boo-hoo. This problem has been around for decades. Do you honestly expect it to magically disappear in one election? My older brother has run for office, I've seen enough of the BS and scamming going on to understand how deep the rot is set in the unelected leadership of the parties. THOSE men and women appreciate your attitude since you aren't part of their clique and the fewer rivals they have the less work it takes to do things.
Your way of "making it right" after everything falls into war and conflict. That has a cost. Blood, lives and souls. Do you honestly think that if things fell part here that it would be a magical moment like when the walls fell down in Berlin?
It will be blood in the streets. Civil War (Whata fucking oxymoron that is). Do you really think the powers of the status quo will flich from protecting what is theirs? That thousand won't starve when the infrastructure falls apart. That folks like the Koch Brothers won't use security as a hook to win more out of civil unrest?
Considering how many personal liberties I've seen sacrificed for 'security' and 'safety' in the last 14 years, I very much doubt you'd get more input in what comes out of civil war.
I very much doubt what will follow will be anything that the founding fathers will recognize. We owe the past for their sacrifices and loss, and the future for what we were entrusted with to leave them. What do we owe! To pass on a world we've honestly and genuinely fought to make better by our actions, not inaction.
That is why 'non-voting' and other acts of apathy infuriate me. We have failed in our duty to the past and are failing our future.