Voting For Failure
Early 2008: Spent almost six horrifying days as a registered Republican so I could vote for Ron Paul in the GOP primary. He lost.
2004: Voted for what's-his-name, the guy who looks like an anthropomorphic oak tree. The two-party candidate whose main qualification was that he wasn't George W. Bush, remember? The rich guy married to the ketchup lady? He lost, too.
2000: Didn't bother because I knew Al Gore would take my state of Connecticut whether I voted or not. He did win Connecticut, and maybe Florida too, but the Supreme Court said it didn't matter so he lost, Bush became president and the whole country lost.
But at least Gore eventually won a Nobel prize, as did the idea of Obama, and such declining Nobel standards make me happy because misery loves company, so I take grim comfort in knowing at least America doesn't have to decline alone.