Oinker Returns

There’s a pink pig with purple spots in the middle of the table, slurping food off plates, grunting and farting in our faces, but we all ignore it. We wait until the noises settle down and then discuss the weather or something that’s ever so polite. We all see, hear and smell the thing but refuse to acknowledge its existence.

Life isn’t always pretty, but ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Many times ignoring something just makes the matter worse. Ever see pigs going after the guys with the feed bucket? They’re determined little porkers, and there isn’t any way he’d get away with ignoring them.

In that spirit, I’ve begun asking an Oinker of the Day question about things we won’t or don’t want to discuss.

Today’s little piggy is: Is it better to vote for a candidate who “sucks less” than another candidate or to just not vote at all?

— Margo Pierce

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8 Comments on “Oinker Returns”

  1. Sean Says:

    I don’t think abstaining from voting is the solution. If you don’t like either candidate, write one in.


  2. No one person in history was smart enough to invent voting, much less predict its effects, but here is how voting has evolved:
    Voting is the means for preserving the status quo for our parasites we call politicians. (And, face it, the rich, paying for these political charades are buying status quo for their own schemes.)

    It’s like red and black when betting on roulette.
    Does the color make a difference? Duh.
    The difference between politics and roulette is that, in voting you ALWAYS lose.
    I’m a peaceful anarchist. It would be a mistake to spray “Off” on our parasitical politicians.
    The peaceful way to approach it is to not vote, and to persuade your associates to likewise cease and desist and abstain.


  3. I’m disappointed in Democrats and Republicans every day, so I understand why a lot of people eventually stop worrying about it and drop out. The flaw in Mr. Gallaher’s abstention approach is that even if society in general keeps choosing that path, the fat cats can always get enough of their friends to keep voting for them to perpetuate the illusion of democracy and ensure that they maintain the power. Fewer people voting only makes this strategy easier.

    For those who haven’t lost faith in the political process, there are two things you can do. First, look for alternatives. You may not hear about them on the news, but you can find out who else is running with a call to the Board of Elections or League of Women Voters. If you aren’t inspired by Strickland or Blackwell, take a look at Green
    Party candidate Bob Fitrakis or Libertarian Bill Peirce. Or, if it’s early enough and there aren’t any other alternatives, become your own alternative and run for office yourself (it can be done – ask Justin Jeffre).

    If you go to the polls on Election Day and find yourself faced with a choice between
    Tweedledum and Tweedledee, then yes, you’ve got to either vote for the least silly one or go unrepresented. But after that, DON’T GIVE UP. Start making plans for the next time the circus comes to town. Join forces with your friendly neighborhood third party,
    or rally your friends around someone you know can do the job.

    The Southwest Ohio Green Party meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the
    Clifton Recreation Center (320 McAlpin Avenue, off Clifton). Our next meeting is
    October 10th at 7:30 PM.

  4. StephE Says:

    If one abstains from voting they achieve nothing but enlarging the numbers of citizens who appear apathetic to their nation.

    It is better to vote. At least write in a candidate. That way, after the election, you will have a right to complain about the elected.

    If you don’t vote what else are you going to do? Most Americans are too lazy to vote and are certainly going to be too lazy to reform the system.

  5. gerard Says:

    There are more than two parties in this system.

  6. Every Cincinnatian Says:

    Our perception is that being elected to political office is prima facie evidence of criminal wrongdoing.


  7. “the fat cats can always get enough of their friends to keep voting for them to perpetuate the illusion of democracy”

    Not voting is one way to shatter this illusion. (Maybe melt is a better word than shatter.) I’m talking about just continuing to shrink the number of eligible voters voting. Besides, what percent of the population are fat cats, even if we throw in their “friends”? Small.

    “That way, after the election, you will have a right to complain about the elected.”

    Excuse me for bursting your bubble, but I have the right to complain about the elected even if I did not vote. In fact it gives me a wicked tingle.
    Try it!

  8. John Fox Says:

    Politics, like life, just isn’t an easy black-and-white, good-vs.-evil thing — no matter how hard certain people try to convince us that it is. As a voter, you gather as much information as you can and then you make a choice. Very, very rarely is a candidate or a ballot position so far superior to its opponent that it’s a “no brainer” — usually you have to take the baby with the bathwater when you pull the lever on Election Day (or punch the chad or darken the box or touch the computer screen or however you physically vote in your precinct).

    CityBeat recently ran a cover story profile of Senate candidate Sherrod Brown (see http://www.citybeat.com/2006-09-27/cover.shtml), whom I definitely like. Yet this week’s Cleveland Free Times has an article blasting Brown for voting for the offensive prisoner detention bill in Congress (see http://www.freetimes.com/story/4173), suggesting that he’s weasling on his “progressive” values now that he’s in a tight election battle.

    Do I rescind my support for Brown because he supported this horrible bill? I don’t know — I have to think about it.


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