Why I’m sitting out this election

vote-nobody-lead-yourself-2016-presidental-campaignI’m exhausted by the Election 2016 madness, aren’t you?

TV is brimming with it. Social media is overstuffed with it.

And what it comes down to is that nobody really likes these two bozos, but everybody thinks they have to pick a team.

You really don’t.

As you’ve heard from me before, I’ve been a principled non-voter for many, many years. And paraphrasing essayist Frank Chodorov, who was a longtime abstainer from the voting booth, the country seems to be none the worse for my not voting.

But during these electoral circuses, I have to find comfort somewhere. So I’ve been re-reading stuff by Edward Abbey this past week.

Abbey was the so-called “Thoreau of the American West.” He called himself an “agrarian anarchist,” a conservationist who thought wilderness deserved preservation mainly because it offers the best places to hide from federal agents.

His solution to “illegal” immigration was neither state-sanctioned “amnesty” nor building a wall. He wanted to “stop every campesino at our southern border, give him a handgun, a good rifle, and a case of ammunition, and send him home. He will know what to do with our gifts and good wishes. The people know who their enemies are.”

Shit, we all know who the Enemy is.

“The Enemy speaks to us all the time,” Abbey once wrote, “from the radio, on the television, on billboards, in the newspapers and slick magazines, in the halls of Congress, at the state capitol, in city hall.”

Don’t surrender your freedom, your humanity, and your honor for promised safety and security.

You’ll only find safety and security in yourself.

Maybe that means heading for the wilderness (like Ed Abbey did).

Maybe it means homeschooling (or unschooling) your kids.

It might mean something as simple as jumping off the job treadmill and “doing your own thing.”

Why not sit out the electoral nonsense and do something really important for you and your family?

Just sayin’.

“Down with Empire! Up with Spring!” – Edward Abbey

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