Wrong again. I said nothing about “settling” for fear-based voting. I said we need to work to make Green candidates true alternatives to the corporate parties. Until then, we need to hold the line on important issues that will be protected by democrats and destroyed by republicans. Adopting your “philosophy” will simply hand the reins of all government to truly crazy people for a long, long time. Then, in the future, we will have so much more to sit in our living rooms to complain about. Then again, there is something to be said for allowing the crazies to have their day, utterly destroy any vestige of the social contract, and hope that it will become so bad that people will finally get the message and vote Green. Good luck with that approach.
In addition, I was talking about people who DO NOT VOTE, not about people who quite rightly vote their consciences. When 37% vote, 19% is a majority. It’s no wonder that despite large majorities of people who support Social Security, higher minimum wages, stronger labor protections, better public education, birth control and a host of other issues on the republican chopping block, those views will not be represented in a government that reflects the views of 19% of us. So go ahead and defend our right to not vote in a democracy, and then bemoan the consequences when the crazies control all of government.