Some people would be depressed by this figure. I see it very positively. Curtis Gans, the director of the study, concluded "People are becoming increasingly disaffected with both parties." Amen.
When does not-voting become a valuable political tactic? When an existing government and political system no longer fairly represents the interests of the vast majority of its citizens.
This notion, of course, flies in the face of the lesser-evil voting philosophy. All the well-deserved hatred of the Bush regime may drive voter turnout up in this year's mid-term elections and put Democraps in power in congress. Many of us know this will not produce all the systemic changes our country needs. If you are among the many that see both major parties as irreversibly corrupt, then it is delusional to believe that Democraps running congress or even a Democrap president will restore the quality of our government and bring us economic justice. To successfully attack the two-party duopoly and open our system to new parties, then it is necessary to de-legitimize the current political system the duopoly controls with corrupting money from corporate and special interests.
We cannot vote ourselves out of our current delusional democracy, not until many electoral and other reforms are enacted. We will not produce major change simply through writing and protesting.
In the near term, using consumer spending to force the plutocracy to grant political concessions is the more potent strategy. Then, a series of concessions over time would make voting more effective.
What we need to create, through a network of progressive Internet sites like this one, is an organized movement for discontent people: AMERICAN INSURGENTS FOR DEMOCRACY. AID's main goal would be to inform dissident and disengaged Americans about the key ways they can use individually and collectively to replace the current plutocracy with a genuine representative democracy with strong elements of participatory and direct democracy to ensure that working- and middle-class Americans are served by their taxes and government. I am NOT talking about people formally joining any group or party, but acting in unison to achieve reforms in the public interest. Our current, corrupt delusional democracy now benefits from civic disengagement, fragmented dissent activities, and compulsive consumer borrowing and spending.
Divided, we empower the plutocracy. United, we can deliver a peaceful, disobedient Second American Revolution.