Edgar, I just clicked on a2k and your thread is the first on the list.
If people like you decide not to vote, you will be enabling more corruption (on both sides) by not participating.
I fully understand your political fatigue, we all are exhausted at the lies and the evasion of the issues, but please remember that each vote does count. Well, not actually, but if good guys like you quit, then the votes that are counted will be heavily weighted by the very worst this country has to offer.
Don't quit. When you fear that cynicism is taking over your resolve, write about it, just like all the emotional help wanted threads. We will be there for you. I really think that is something that might actually work.
When my cynicism is bipartisan, but this time, the Republicans have gone beyond the pale in lies and misrepresentation, but the Dems have had their share of nasties in past years. We need to stand together, all of us, liberal, conservative, libertarian, who are serious about the issues, not in making denigrating remarks or, as is so typical, beating a dead horse.
Your decision to collapse the political threads on a2k is understandable. I think most of us have had the same feelings off and on and maybe a break is needed, but without serious contrubutors from both sides, the political threads will contain nothing but perverse, inane remarks. That would be so disappointing. There are many people here who have helped the rest of us understand politics, including the history and the results of political decisions. You, Soz, Thomas, O'bill, Ticomaya, Dys, Dag, Nimh and so many other remarkably varied, intelligent, analytical posters have provided points of view that are every bit as informed as those points of view coming from the talking heads on tv.
If you stay away too long, be forewarned that I will tell Dys to bring you to your senses in whatever way he thinks will work best.
You heard it here, from Auntie Molotov.