MeOhMy saidAs someone who is very politically-oriented, I can honestly say that I have given up with the voting process, and I will no longer vote in any elections in my country unless I am inspired to do so by someone who is worthy of my vote.
Voting is important to democracy, yes. But democracy is much more than the right to vote. In the West, we are indoctrinated with the idea that democracy means voting. However, voting between two competing factions of elites is not democratic nor does it embody any actual realities of a democratic system. Until there are candidates who do not represent alternative factions of elites, voting is totally irrelevant.
Agreed, but do you think that even Canada gives you not enough choice? I personally think Iggy is rather sympathetic, and even though I'm not in his camp by any standards, I'd vote for Angry Jack just cause of the way the guy brightens up my day watching the news.
Back in my home country we have between 13 and 17 parties in the national elections - and even then, it's just different tentacles of the same octopus fighting over whatever cookie is on the table.
Having said that, yea, the US is far far away from being a functional democracy, but it seems that people don't care. It really doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's wrong down there, yet still everybody is sooo focused on the R vs. D thing. Or can only Americans be so inward focused that they don't realize that they're the odd man out in the whole democratic world, while the rest of us throw our hands up in the air and wonder how they can be so dysfunctional?