Of the current big three, I think there is a *clearly superior*
choice. Still isn't somebody I would vote _for_.
You can only vote for. You can't vote against. Sure, tactically you
can vote against. Sure, if enough people vote against then the person
elected may be done on the power of that vote. And the person elected?
Will say "look, all these people voted _for_ me. A mandate of the
people." When you cast your vote, you beg that person to have their
way with you. You say "yes, I know you lied to me. I know you will
abuse me. I know you will do none of those things you promised except
those which will hurt me most. And I crave that you have to power to
do those things and all unimagined, unspecified things that you really
intend to do. I vote _for_ those things to happen. I vote _for_ your
abuse. Thank you." Nobody ever says "Wow, not half the people voted
and not half the people who voted voted my name and not half the
people who voted my name voted _for_ me rather than against somebody
else. So at best I've got the support of about one in ten people. My
ideas aren't very popular."
Interesting. Hadn't known. Still figure it doesn't serve any actual
use. HUGE numbers might actually make somebody feel they had to
comment. "blah blah by writing in for foo you are actually voting for
me. thank you. blah blah." ;-)
Individual action doesn't count a hill of beans when the individuals
are so easy to lead around by the nose. The "democratic party" is an
oxymoron and they know it and they use it. All the architecture
students won't shut up about green and social justice because...
they've been told to. They think they are being individuals. They
think they are individually acting. They are carrying out the wishes
of somebody else. With mindless dedication.
You even quoted "when it is additive". So obviously one person against
10,000 can't do a whole heck of a lot.
It's one thing to arrive at a preferrnce throguh careful examination, but
most people do, indeed, play "follow the leader", even when that leader is
a donkey (a.k.a. ass). It's easier and faster than reading, litening, and
taking time to think, and the vast majority of people prefer quick'n'easy.
It gives them more time to do teh equivalent of hanging around in the mall
all day fretting over who looks the "coolest" (with mockery of the
"nerdiest" being the unthinking displacement of personal insecurity over
possibly not being "cool enough").
OTOH, the "republican party" is certainly no better.
Hmmm, strychnine or radioactive thallium, whichever shall it be...?
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