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Old 09-16-2009, 02:17 AM   #10
jdev
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By participating in the system, you legitimize the system. You also are giving your consent for the other guy to represent if your candidate loses. The blow job thing was kind of a joke, though. You are at least indirectly responsible for the actions your government takes, even if you voted for the other guy. I'm not totally sure a person who doesn't vote is absolved of responsibility, necessarily, but he at least passes the first test, by refusing participation in the system. Certainly a person living under a government, but not allowed to vote (immigrant, felon, minor) is not responsible for the actions of his government, but by voting, you are granting consent, with your voice, for the candidate who wins, regardless of how you voted. Jefferson wrote a similar sentiment into the Declaration of Independence, "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
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