I’ve recently heard a lot of people decrying the “lesser of two evils” contest that we face in the upcoming presidential election. Many of those folks give one reason or another as to why they’re not voting in the November election.
I recently had a White dude say to me, “I just can’t support either main party candidate, and the third parties are a joke. I mean, Romney’s out of the question, and do you know how many innocents Obama has killed with his drone strikes? I think I’m just going to sit this one out.”
I hear ya, man. The numbers of people killed by Obama’s drones is absolutely out of control. He is a moderate Democrat with a bellicose foreign policy, and Romney’s hard right turn in this election makes him out of the question for me.
It’s pretty nice, huh? Having nothing really at stake in this election? It’s nice to be able to sit this one out. I mean, as Straight dudes, it’s not like we have to worry about our rights to visit our partner in the hospital when visiting hours are for family members only. As men, we don’t have to worry about our reproductive rights and our bodily autonomy being under attack at both the federal and state level. As White folks, we don’t have to worry about about how the unemployment rate for our people is twice the national average (even if ours DOES sit close to 8%). As folks with wealthy parents, we probably don’t have to fret too much about the exploding poverty rates or the inherent link between violence and concentrated poverty. It sure is nice to be able bodied and of to live without serious mental disability, for those cuts to medicaid would surely hurt. It’s nice to have been born in the U.S., so we don’t have to worry about the INS busting down our doors and holding us indefinitely before deporting us from the only home we’ve ever really known.