>Consider the meme.
>"If you don't vote ...you don't care"...
>However...there are no real choices. A Republican votes just like a
>after being elected (with various and sundry excuses as to why).
>So...to vote is to validate the system. NOT voting does not.
I've been struggling with this question for years. I vacillate between the "voting as validation of the system" position and the equally compelling idea that voting can be a means of turning the system against itself. I wish I could make up my mind on this. Maybe it depends on whether a real alternative is available on the ballot.
Generating theories is easy; applying them in the real world is all too often a messy affair.