In another excellent post on voting Thabiti Anyabwile, there are two excerpts I feel I should share.
“I’m told that settling for the lesser evil and working inside the party system is the sure way to get incremental change. I’m told that people outside the system, refusing to vote, can not effect change. I laugh. The largest sea changes in American political history–and even in our present times–have come not from presidents and party loyalists but from footsoldiers outside the system.”
And he has has a great conclusion that I’d like to repeat here as well:
“It’s not rhetoric I want in my candidate, or invented lives and embellished pasts, faux images and focus-group-tailored soundbites. I want to elect a free man, someone who stands flat-footed and leans into the cross-current of moral drift with conviction and courage. If he’s out there, he has my vote. And if a two-party system denies a righteous man opportunity to stand for justice then the system itself is the evil we need to oppose.”
I do recommend reading the whole post, even though I’ve presented just two isolated parts of it.