Life’s choices are not always simple and easy. As a 20-something I learned in the rice paddies of Vietnam that sometimes you really do have to choose among unpalatable options. At this time in history, not voting isn’t isn’t a responsible option. I don’t believe that voting for Nader was a responsible option either. I believe that it was self-indulgent (unless you were naive enough to believe that Nader had any chance of election). Our nation wouldn’t have invaded Iraq and wouldn’t have sent troops into Afghanistan had Gore been elected — sadly, I voted for Bush because I hadn’t yet realized Dick Cheney’s disdain for Constitutional boundaries and the level of influence the Neocon's had with George W. We’re still paying the price for that mistake and I’ve not voted Republican since.

The current White House occupant has no knowledge of or respect for the Constitution. Politics aside, our nation cannot afford a rogue chief executive who is aided and abetted by a spineless Senate majority as he undermine’s the rule of law. That’s a hard hole to dig out of. Failure to vote is equivalent to reelecting Donald Trump. If you want candidates who think like you, get involved in the primary process and influence the choice of candidates. Don’t pretend your failure to vote can have any positive impact on our country.

I’m a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, have a wonderful wife and family, am a working software engineer, and a committed citizen.

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