I know I just published a piece yesterday urging my fellow libertarians to support Gary Johnson’s candidacy, but today I’m telling you that—no matter what anyone says and no matter how loudly they yell it—it’s totally OK not to vote.
Even though I have been a Libertarian Party activist and, occasionally, party official since 2010, I’m always dogged by these thoughts:
- My vote will absolutely, positively not be the deciding one in any election, but especially the presidential one. In fact, it’s more likely I’ll die driving to the polling place.
- All the time, effort, and money I spend on supporting and voting for Libertarians—and on voting against every single tax levy that’s had the effrontery to place itself before me for approval—could be spent more wisely about a thousand different ways.
- I’m getting my hands dirty by participating in the filthy business of democracy.
So why do I do it?
I tell myself it has to do with the romance of fighting for lost causes, but really it’s the deep satisfaction I get from declaring, even in the obscurity of the ballot box, that I’m just not going to give rapacious villains like Hillary Clinton the thing they desire most—my assent to their appetite for power over me and my fellow man.