Pistol Pete has a thoughtful post on voting and the responsibility of the American voter:
"economist Bryan Caplan... writes in his book The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies :
'voters are worse than ignorant; they are, in a word, irrational — and vote accordingly.'
"I think it’s much more complex than this. I think by the time it comes around to voting, rational thought has long since been thrown out the window. Irrational thinking shapes our daily lives in subtle, subversive ways, in what we say and do, in how we spend our money - in short, in how we choose to live."