The reason the political system in this country is "business as usual", is because 50-60% or so of the voting public has comlete, year around apathy, and the other 20-30% partial apathy for 360 days a year and make up their mind the last 5 or so days before the election. If every body were to go to the polls, the politicians will pay atention, and the influence of the special interests would be somewhat diluted.<quoted text>Interesting. I am gratified to see so much of the country reaching the conclusion I have had for many years concerning political leaders. It is the reason I stopped being politically active concerning candidates... up until very recently.
Should the majority indicate "none of the above" it doesn't move us any closer to a solution though and so I don't really see it as having value unless it is translated into actions that do.
I encourage everyone to push for accountable government, even if we disagree on issues, by leaning on who is in power so that this issue becomes part of the ongoing political dialogue. At least with some semblence of accountable government we would know where we stand and not have additional hidden problems on top of the ones we already have. I don't believe everyone in politics is dishonest or immoral--- but way too many are and they have been setting the "dysfunction family" atmosphere to American politics since Nixon resigned and its only grown from there. Those folks need to be pressured to change or go. And how that happens is we send them unmistakable messages that we are paying attention, finally.
I mean, what do you think that "none of the above" accomplishes apart from being amusing?
If by adding "none of the above" would create enough interest to get the "disillutioned" away from the tv and into the polls, then I am all for it. And if none of the above, were to win and the election were to be canceled, then I am sure the powers to be would sure pay attention.