Political rhetoric usually focuses around one of two themes: destroy this or defend against that. Either way, the war is never over. The War on Drugs. The War on Terror. The War for America's Soul. The War Against You.
I went to the polls today with that in mind. This time, the front was public education. On one side of the trench was a school district seeking to bolster its war chest with millions more in levy dollars. Guarding the fort opposite them were the taxpayers of my area, who stand between their treasury and the school district.
This got me thinking about the nature of a crime. Is it stealing if I vote "Yes" and throw my support behind the troops storming the taxpayers' treasury? Is it stealing if I vote "No" and deny the school district the means to provide the services it has been mandated to provide?
Am I criminal no matter how I vote?
If it is, then it's no wonder voting turnout continues to lag in the United States, which is criminal in and of itself.