#Democracy v. #oligarchy. My voting booth time is over.

Like church, my time in voting booths is over. It’s been a good thirty-two year run.

November 2012 was my last general election as a voter. The November 2013 city elections were my last as a participant in local elections. I’ll pass on the state elections this year as well.

If you want to effectuate operational change in the political eco-system, you will not do it in a voting booth. I’ve been pondering this decision for the last 12 months and I’ve made up my mind that my thirty-year continuous run as a voter is over. If I continue voting, I will continue to perpetrate the lie that we live in an effective democracy. We don’t. We live in an oligarchy and the people you vote for are merely representatives of the privileged few. It doesn’t take rocket science to figure that one out, but unfortunately I have come across too many believers in the lie where I’ve concluded that people either enjoy delusions, are desperate and hopeless, or failed high school civics.

You may argue that you have to vote to make changes that we can believe in. No. You’re wrong. You may argue that you can’t be part of the conversation if you don’t vote. Again, you’d be wrong because I’ve lived government every day on and off professionally for 30 years and I can assure you that pushing a button every two years in a voting booth does not make you a part of any political conversation unless you are talking to some news producer conducting an exit poll.

I’ve had enough.

For a nerdier rationale behind my decision to no longer participate in the madness, please read this article. It pretty much says what you already know …


About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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