James Leroy Wilson's blog

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Irrational Voting

Despite Mein Kamp, around a third of German voters supported Adolf Hitler the Nazis in several Parliamentary elections in the early 1930's.

Despite his Ku Klux Klan history, David Duke received 32% Lousiana's open primary for Governor in 1991, and 38%, including 55% of the white vote, in the general election, benefitting as a "protest vote."

In 2000, George W. Bush claimed he would have a "humble foreign policy." But in 2004, after having staffed his Administration with members of the Project for a New American Century and implementing their policies, a majority of Americans still voted for President George W. Bush.

Apparently, we often can't help ourselves from voting for who seems to be the "lesser of two evils" at the time. Many of us downplay the shameful pasts of one candidate because of our hate for another.

But after having re-elected Bush even after the most naked act of unprovoked aggression since Hitler invaded Poland, Americans don't have the right to judge how and why other people vote for candidates. After all, most Germans never voted for Hitler, and once he was in power they never got the chance. In 2004, Americans did have the chance to repudiate Bush yet a majority of voters supported his re-election. They can't pretend they couldn't have expected how horrible Bush would turn out to be. That was more than obvious by 2003.

If you are inclined to vote, vote for what you want. Never vote for the "lesser of two evils" because you'll never can tell who is really the lesser evil.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:12 AM PDT

    Being from Louisiana, and having voted against David Duke, I would like to point out that most of the people I know who voted for him, did so because they approved of his politics, although most did not approve of his history with the kkk. Not that there weren't those who voted for him because of said history, of course...