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Why Vote For The Lesser Evil?

I participated in “democracy” today by going down to the court house and writing in the greatest elder evil for president. I’m not sure taking a picture of my ballot was kosher, but I don’t particularly care. I also voted against extending mayoral term limits. And I voted in the Judicial races – for the LP candidates despite thinking the LP is a bunch of blue druid weirdos. At least they’re not Team Red and Team Blue, and more than one judicial race was Team Red vs LP. Truly, an electoral special Olympics.


  1. Andy says:

    May praise be heaped upon you Timothy. We the truth-seekers will be persecuted for challenging their religion with it’s idols, churches, dogmas, and heresy. Let us proclaim the truth across these tubes that we reject their corrupt system of violence and tyranny. We reject the charade and ruse that these propagandists call ‘politics.’ We see past the lies and pomp to the truth. As we head into the greatest depression, I am proud to say I refuse to support those exacerbating our suffering. Asking us to participate in the largest racket mankind has seen is akin to joining NAMBLA in hope of changing it. You sick perverts – I refuse your evil ways and ask all other individuals who care about freedom, justice, and prosperity to join me.

  2. Vincent says:

    Oh, Olly. You’re such a hoot sometimes.

  3. Olly says:

    Yes, Vince, it surely is. If only the joke could have survived that typo. Alas, we are left to imagine what might have been. (But thank God we have such diligent copy editors for our own stuff!)

  4. Vincent says:

    It’s too bad whoever wrote that comic can’t spell “you’re” correctly.

  5. Olly says:

    Tim passes up a golden opportunity to link to this yet again. The original writer got some legal hassles from Jack Chick’s people and is no longer hosting it, but the internet being what it is it’s still all over the place. (Personally, I would have thought that the use of Chick’s totally awesome clip art was covered by fair use, though.)

    (Oh, and “BE EATEN FIRST?! What the fuck kind of advantage is that?” still cracks my shit up.)

  6. CJ Ciaramella says:

    Well, technically the spelling of Cthulhu is just convention, since its real name is unpronounceable by the human tongue. I’m just saying …

  7. Kai Davis says:

    ohshitohshitohshit 🙁

  8. Timothy says:

    Kai – The High Priest of the Great Old Ones would appreciate if you would spell its name correctly. Keep this up and you most certainly will not be eaten first.

  9. CJ Ciaramella says:

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H. L. Mencken

  10. Kai Davis says:


    “In what way is that

  11. Gsim says:

    Not only is voting for team red or blue a waste of time, it also encourages them. The less people that vote for a shitty presidential candidates the better. If only less than 10% of the population votes for a candidate sure takes away from their claim that they represent the populous.

    But saying voting is ineffective entirely I disagree with.

    I think voting can have real effectiveness on a local and perhaps on the state level. At those levels things really can be improved for the better or slide right into the suck via apathy.

    Vote locally, ignore the presidential charade.

    /realizes that the above comments are probably specifically regarding national elections.

  12. Timothy says:

    The point is that there is no such thing as an effective vote.

  13. Olly says:

    “Yeah, that

  14. Kai Davis says:

    in the hopes that change for the better will happen eventually.

  15. Kai Davis says:

    Still sucks that your archive died. I feel for you on that, I’ve obliterated ninjakai’s and weeklyenema’s archives too many times. I found a plugin that sends an xml backup daily / weekly and its saved me since.

    I agree that the way we elect our leaders is not effective. We need changes to the election system. I’d enjoy hearing / reading what you have to say about plurality voting, feel free to email it to me ( if you feel so inclined.

    Even though the system isn’t effective, my personal stance is that its better to cast an effective vote than a meaningless vote. Ideally the semi-effective vote will help inspire change that the meaningless one won’t.

    Yeah, that’s an idealistic view that isn’t effective, but I’m going to continue voting

  16. Timothy says:

    Kai – I suppose I could’ve voted for Barr – but unlike many other libertarians I don’t quite believe he’s sincere, frankly. Also, electoral college, Texas, do the fucking math.

    Listen, your god is a lie – and I know that’s hard for you to accept, but eventually we all have to learn that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Unicorns, and a meaningful election are just things parents make up to keep kids in line. I’ve got a whole diatribe about plurality voting that Olly will mock me for if I post it again (but that dude’s a non-voting Felon so what the hell does he know, amirite?), but in short – The way we choose leaders is in no way conducive to actually getting leaders “the people” want. I’d have a post on my blog about this if my archive hadn’t killed itself after reading your magazine.

  17. Betz says:

    I don’t understand the non-vote concern here, as the poster did indeed make a vote. I tend to believe that voters shouldn’t HAVE to always vote for the lesser of two evils when it comes to electing an official. People have a right NOT TO VOTE just as much as they have a right to vote. After all, apathy is still an American right. (Isn’t that in the OC mission statement?)

    Cthulhu ’08! He’s a very particularly evil candidate, but he’s lacking among minority voters … I sure hope he selects Quetzalcoatl as his running mate to pick up the Hispanic vote.

  18. Olly says:

    “So you would rather not vote than vote for the candidate that most agrees with your personal policies?”

    In what way is that “not voting”?

  19. Sean says:

    “Most agrees” is a stretch.
    If one candidate agreed with your personal policies by 25% as opposed to 15%, would you vote for them? What about 25% as opposed to 23%?

    If so, get in line with the rest of the sheep.

    If not, vote third party and convince more voters like yourself that don’t really find a candidate you agree with in the mainstream parties to do the same.

  20. Kai Davis says:

    So you would rather not vote than vote for the candidate that most agrees with your personal policies?

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