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A pointless protest

Vail Daily Editorial Board

Before every presidential election, there is a group of people who declare they’re not voting because none of the major party candidates are up to their standards.

They seem to think they’re proving something to the electorate by depriving themselves of one their most sacred rights as an American citizen.

But it’s mostly a pointless protest because by passing on the candidate they don’t like, they risk winding up with the candidate they really don’t like.

If, for instance, they are Republican and sit out the election because they’re not enthralled by John McCain, the absence of their vote could put Barack Obama, with whom they would presumably be much less enthralled, in the White House.

It’s hard to believe someone could be so disgusted with two candidates ” particularly McCain and Obama, between whom there are clear distinctions ” that they would see no difference in how either would lead the country.

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Rarely is a candidate going to match every one of a voters’ beliefs, even if the voter is deeply entrenched in the party base.

Most of the time, however, our two-party system is strong enough that both sides come up with a nominee who represents a lot of the party’s values.

There’s the old cliche that, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

Perhaps, it’s more severe than that.

If you don’t vote, perhaps you have to wonder how strong your beliefs are.

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