Shiranu hun, we all reach a point where we look at both sides of the political spectrum, and realizing how the authoritarian nature of both these sides will always govern how things should be run, the rest of us who don't follow an authoritarian outlook are left behind, for the more extreme sides trying to take power and manipulate the masses.
I somewhat agree with that, but the authoritarians have not made the same level of inroads on the left as they have the right. It's not even close.
On the right, authoritarianism has pretty much taken over. These people want to set policy based on religious dictates. Don't like abortion? Let's make it illegal for everyone. Don't like gays? They can't get married, period. Don't like Muslims? Let's block 'em from entering the country. Let's block them from building a mosque. Let's tear down the separation of church and state. First amendment, what's that?
Right now, those are the sort of people in charge.
On the left, we have a small but vocal group that are in fact authoritarians. These people want to ban offensive speech. These are people who yell for muscle to remove a cameraman whose politics they don't like. They wield offense like a cudgel, and they're offended by everything.
Besides mouthing off on Twitter and Tumblr and the rare college campus, these people have little to no actual power. They don't have any representatives in Congress and they certainly don't have the ear of any major political players. They're a nuisance. That could change in the future, but right now we have a rampaging elephant and an ill-behaved goat. Clearly, these are not equal problems.
Imho, you should really rethink your no vote policy. Bubba votes. Trigglypuff votes. By not voting, you're essentially leaving public policy up to them. If you and the other non-voters were to vote, you guys would almost certainly pull us back from the brink and put America on a more rational, less divisive course.