Every four years like clockwork, we are being told that this is "the most important election of our lives." The partisans insist that, "If you don't vote for X, you're voting for Y!" Third-party candidates are denounced by both major parties as spoilers secretly siphoning away votes that belong to their own candidate. Emotions run high as deep ideological shortcomings and personal faults in the candidates are overlooked in the name of tribal unity.
I know my decision to withdraw from participation in the charade earns the ire of all. "If you don't vote, you can't complain," they insist in a brief moment of unity. But I do not consent to the system, and I know the mathematical influence I have rounds to zero. Why should I expend my time and energy playing a game I believe to be corrupt to the core, and where my influence is no greater than that of the ignorant tribalist partisans?
The American experiment in a constitutionally-limited democratic republic has failed. It is time to build something new. Vote with your time and energy on things that actually matter, and where you can make a real difference. We have decentralized cutting-edge solutions to the problems an obsolete political system doesn't even see yet. Government is regressive and reactive, regardless of their rhetoric. We can be proactive, innovative, and truly progressive if we leave behind the dead weight of the State.