Gripes and Bad Faith. — It is anti-democratic to complain about the result of a democratic election. Yet, weirdly, the democratic participant is wont to believe that only he is permitted to complain about it. Lending words to his incoherence, he tells the non-voter, who, unlike him, has not endorsed the election by his participation, that he, the non-voter, must not complain about it. Weird, yes, but not out of keeping with the democrat’s ever-present urge to invade the non-democrat’s territory and claim it as its own. But a worm of ideology sits at the wit-root of his mind, gnawing at the draw-strings of his gob:
He who does not vote in an election has no right to complain about its result.Naturally we dutiful non-voters strongly deny the truth of this and are not wholly disinclined from telling the little blighters who claim it to buzz off and die. But we may also say to them:
To that, we may kindly add: Can I get you another drink? You look as though you need one.I. If you vote in an election, then you must endorse the legitimacy of the process including its result, or else be guilty of bad faith. (You agree in participation of the process to be bound by the rules thereof, which include the acceptance of the legitimacy of the result.)II. You voted in the election.Therefore,III. You must endorse the legitimacy of the result, or else be guilty of bad faith.But (you complain):IV. The result is a disaster.Therefore,V. You must endorse the legitimacy of a disaster about which you complain, or else be guilty of bad faith.