Also, I might be naive enough to think that if I vote despite my cynicism and outspokenness against the shit politicians pull, maybe - just maybe - I might inspire just one other person to vote. And if I manage to do that, maybe they'll inspire someone else and eventually people will start engaging with politics again, instead of just handing the reins over to the people that stand to gain the most from voter disenfranchisement.
Please. When our choices are a turd sandwich and a douchebag, we absolutely have the right to complain.
“Whether it is exerted by ten men or ten billion, political authority is force … the power of the Rods and the Ax” - Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers
OP - really good words! Tempted to print the whole passage and hang in the office :) .
That's actually the opposite.
By voting, you agree to the rules of the system. If you truly believe in democracy, then you should be more than happy to see the one getting the most votes win the elections. That's pretty much how the thing works.
Any person who votes and then complains about the results is an hypocrite.
"Bitching about whatever scumbag takes over a given office for the next term" is pretty much like complaining about losing the lottery. It's not very reasonable.
If you don't vote, and it's an active choice you've made, you're rejecting the system. That's a valid choice.
(Having said that I vote in English local and national elections).