I wonder from where so many Americans get the idea that voting is supposed to be some expression of your deepest, most beloved values and virtues rather than a pragmatic, political move meant to shift your country as much closer to your ideal as possible. This strikes me as another example of extreme individualism. Voting isn’t about *you*. It’s about your city, state, and/or country. It doesn’t have to feel transcendently good deep down in your bones. It just has to *do* as much good as you can do, in this particular moment in time.
This is why you shouldn't write in non-candidates. Why you shouldn't waste your vote. Why you shouldn't be smug and think you're so dead clever when you pull this nonsense. This is why you don't hold your nose and vote against a truly qualified candidate, because - idk - you don't like them personally, or you don't like their spouse, or what one of their supporters happened to say in in a thoughtless moment. You vote for the good of the nation as a whole. You at least try to act like a grownup, on one of the days that it truly matters, and consider the character of the person you want in the Office. - sara