Well, obviously, I think you should.
I don’t do a lot of politics around these parts, but Colleen has organized a big nonpartisan celebration of voting. Go throw some love her way and check out the tons of posts she’s rounded up on the subject.
I’m not one of those people who believes you’ve got no right to complain if you don’t vote. As far as I’m concerned, that’s one of the most awesome things about this country — you’ve got the right to complain about anything at any time. (With mainly logical exceptions.) And I sympathize, too, with those people who feel the two-party system doesn’t serve them well. All those people who wish there were more options to choose from, options closer to their own personal views. And I’m also sympathetic to those people who have to stand in line for five hours or more, if they happen to live in unlucky, probably swing-state precincts–the great shame of our voting system.
But I don’t know that I buy anything as a particularly good reason not to vote. Participation in life, and the world, and, yes, politics is a good thing.
And that’s about all I can say without getting partisan. So go vote.