After posting a few things to the forum I am thinking about throwing in the towel. I was a Political science / econ double major in school and an avid debater so I was into the whole politics thing. After school I drifted away from politics and focused on my family and career development (my wife hates politics). I started paying attention again after 9/11, as I was living in NY at the time it was hard to ignore. As time wore on and we managed to squander all of the good will we had garnered in the world frustration tuned me away from politics again. With the pending elections and the market crash I became interested in political discourse again so this forum was an obvious place to turn. The difficulty in trying to talk people into voting for their own best interest is so exhausting, especially when I vote consistently against my own interest for the sake of the nation. Here are some of the things that have just worn me down: Abortion I am past the stage in my life where this would be an issue for my wife and I and I fully intend to have our family doctor prescribe birth control to my daughter when she enters puberty, I will also be sure to provide my son with discreet access to condoms at a young age. It will not impact my family if the Right eliminate legal abortion and I dont see them eliminating birth control in the near future. Same goes for sex education. My children will get clinical lectures on the subject from the time they are about 6 so why care if it is banned from public school, besides with the cuts to social programs I wont be paying to support all those teen mothers. Taxes Why do I support candidates that will raise my taxes? As I move into a life stage where I can benefit from the SSA cap, the Cap Gains rate on dividends, mortgage deductions, education tax credits and the upper income tax brackets it does not make any sense for me to support Obama. 8 out of 10 Americans dont want to tax the wealthy as they will not want to be taxed when they become wealthy, even though the odds say that they will never reach that level. Why should I want to dispel that myth? National Debt Why do I care, I can just invest in foreign markets and protect my savings from the ever deflating value of the dollar and as all my debt is fixed, higher interest rates are beneficial to me. Besides, if the domestic financial industry collapses we will just bail it out again. Defense Its a volunteer army so my kids wont be forced to go to war and shares of United Defense and Boeing are on the rise, and would really take off if we just eliminated all those labor unions. Religion If it becomes a requirement I suppose I could give up my Sundays to the local Anglican parish Guns Dont really care one way or the other, maybe I should get armed just in case society does break down. Social Security I have a good defined benefit plan, an SERP and a good 401(k); I will not need the SSA so why should I pay for them. Medicare My SERP provides retiree health benefits so this isnt my problem either. Medicaid I have health insurance, why should I care if poor kids get any healthcare at all. Education My wife is a SHAM so we could home school or pay for private school. As the money I spend on public schools does not benefit me directly, I should be against the whole concept of public education. Outsourcing: My position will not be outsourced so why should I care? Organized Labor: Why should I care if the US labor movement tanks? I am just tired of trying to convince bus drivers that they would not make $80K per year without a union. If they want to make $11 per hour, I am not going to try and stop them. Guilt: Why should I feel any guilt in helping people take maximum financial advantage from the tax loopholes the wealthy bake into the tax code? To save a lot of time and trouble we could just not tax capital gains and then the wealthy could really spur investment and completely avoid taxation. I can stop debating internally about if its right or wrong to get an $11m payment for a CFO who helped drive his company into the ground. Its just so much easier to stop fighting and accept that people do not act rationally so there is no point in arguing with them.