First of all my bias: I am a Portland native, college student, registered Pacific Party but I am politically anarchist in the tradition of Proudhon. I vote, but not because I think all solutions are within the systems but because I beleive that there is such a think as strategic engagement, and I adhere to the "diversity of tactics" principle.
I want to make a couple of points.
1 Many people beleived that the reaction to the past two years would be an overwhelming move to a Democrat legislative branch.
2 This didn't happen.
3 Instead, only %39 of the elegable voters voted.
4 A little more then half of those voted republican
5 That means that a little more then %19.5 of people who could vote, voted for republicans. (%39 X %50 = %19.5)
6 The Democrats acted like spineless whimps over the past two years.
7 For some reason they are convinced that the reason that have been loosing votes is because they are not right enough!
8 The reason they are continually loosing votes is becuase they are not representing the progressive majority of the country.
9 The Democrats are trying to be republicans, but if you're right-wing you are going to vote for an actual republican.
10 The actual progressive element of the country (sic) is marginalize.
11 Why vote when there are no option?
12 Why vote when the system is obviously corrupt?
13 Who would I vote for anyway?
14 You could make the conclusion that this is a right-wing country, but I would argue that it is not that simple.
15 Instead, I would argue that the political structure only empowers a particular minority group that reinforces itself.
16 This is not bad news.
17 It simply means that 80.5% of the voting-age population is waiting for a real alternative. (%100-%19.5= %80.5)