It reminds me too of how many American voters have come to think of their votes. Our system always boils down to two choices: Republican or Democrat. Yes, there are independents and such but, ultimately, folks vote one or the other or don't vote at all ( generally speaking ). And because everything's gone digital, there's no ability, last I saw, to write in your dogs name X-D
What winds up happening is people are voting, often, AGAINST some ideas/person rather than FOR. For example, I've spoken with many Repubs who were really, really disappointed McCain got thrown up in the primary and they didn't really support him but also were AGAINST Obama and his ideas.
The system gets sick this way, IMHO. And I think in order for it to be healed it's going to require - and I mean literally REQUIRE - citizens to become much more pro-actively engaged in their respective parties and civics in general. What we have now is a ton of people, and I'm guilty of this as anyone, taking a kind of 'wait and see' passive stance and then sort of being resigned to the 'either/or' situation.
I'm not talking about voters running for votes themselves, but rather deciding on becoming active with whatever political group they most identify with and then sacrificing the free time and effort to go to meetings to let their voices be heard.
I have a friend who refused to vote because his reasoning was this:
"Neither of the candidates are people I want to vote for. So instead of voting AGAINST a potential 'bad' guy in favor of one who smiles more, I'm keeping my vote." Someone accused him of 'throwing his vote away' by not voting but I don't agree. It's your vote. Do, or not do, what you wish with it.
Everythings rushing towards some direction that's too obscure from here to see but I think the closer it gets the more turmoil in society from the bottom up - versus the top down - we're going to see. Citizens in general might get tired of standing by and feeling like they're voting indirectly instead of directly and as a result start all kinds of grassroots movements and public gatherings and such.
At least I hope so..mwah hahahahaha <----j/k
Please insert your own opinions/predictions/thoughts as you like