My own reasons for not voting since 1992 were largely practical. Living in the District of Columbia until 2001 meant that any act of political participation legitimized a system I saw as blatantly illegal - taxation without representation. Since the District is overwhelming Democratic my vote truly would have been a colossal waste of my time. I didn't vote in local elections here in Indy last year because I was not able to for health reasons on election day. Hopefully this year that won't be the case.
However I have no problem with people voting for just the reasons Rod and David articulated. Like any intelligent political scientist I used to teach Downs to my undergraduates at GU to try to at least get them to see why lots of folks rationally choose not to vote. Regarding vote choice, I think Rod made the straightforward case for libertarians not supporting Bush, but I will argue, once the Democratic front runner is set, that it's a bit more complicated then that. However I lean towards his assessment of the Bush presidency as one that has certainly been a huge disappointment for fans of liberty.
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