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Over at By Common Consent there is a post suggesting that we not vote Republican for the midterm elections.
The author of the post makes a distinction between issue/ideological voting and approval voting. I agree with the author that it’s high time we use the approval voting method and root out the corruption and power-hungry career politicians who have enjoyed the comfort and dominion of their office for too long.
One also then must entertain the question of throwing away one’s vote. If I don’t vote Republican, who cares? I’m in Utah. The GOP will more than likely take sweeps. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” I’m not throwing away my vote. I’ll be making a stand—personal, political, and ideological. Whether those I vote for win or not, I will be able to answer my Maker and my own conscience knowing that I took a stand. I’ll be voting for those who support the Constitution of this country.