In an entry about the way government works in the U.S., Rafe Colburn says:
In a way, this should reassure us, I think. Regardless of whether George Bush or Al Gore won the election back in November, things were going to continue basically as before. In another way, it should scare the Hell out of us. We vote for this person or that one, and the bottom line is that a bunch of people we don’t elect determine how the government really affects our lives.
This is exactly why I don’t vote. Too much inertia. I care, but I don’t vote. Unfortunatly, I’m also lazy so I don’t vote in local elections, either.
Perhaps if I could care more about the national elections I would vote on the local level. I guess, though, that what really strikes me is the people who live outside of the local area but commute in (and thus can’t vote) and the way they complain about local politics. Their local politics are mostly dull (read: reassuringly so), but they are also largly irrelevent because what happens in the city has a bigger effect on them than their local politics.