I didn’t vote this past Tuesday, and I explain why in my latest column from the Center for Michigan’s Bridge magazine: “Why Did This Conservative Stay Home on Election Day?” It has been a decade since I last took part in the electoral process, and my main motivation for voting then was to support amending the Michigan constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. (Incidentally, that amendment was upheld yesterday by the Sixth Circuit of Appeals — though Heaven only knows for how long.) It’s not out of the question I will head to the polls again at some point in the future. For now, however, I’m staying home. From the article:
My quarrel is not over which marginally different candidate won and what marginally different causes he or she will claim to advance, but rather with a political landscape that furnishes us with such lackluster, nay, deplorable options. I will gladly set aside my right to gripe about this or that lawmaker so long as I do not have to endorse a system that makes their political careers possible. So long as that system endures, my refusal to vote shall as well.