one thing i think we've all seen, no matter what your political persuasion might be, is that politicians, by and large, rarely come through on the promises they've made before the election. another way to put it is that politicians are mostly (to what extent this is true, we can't really know. we can only know that it's VERY prevalent) liars.
given that we're all aware of this time-tested phenomenon, how can a person ever have enough information to vote for a candidate? considering that you're actively throwing your support behind a candidate when you vote; helping them to gain power, isn't voting supremely irresponsible since you really have no idea what the candidate in question is planning to do with ultimate and unaccountable power?
what if, hypothetically, of course, a candidate were to campaign on a humble and restrained foreign policy, only to be elected and invade two or three countries causing hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties? in that case, those who voted for
what kind of person could go out and give that kind of support? certainly not one who has any regard for responsibility. most likely, if you're reading this, you've voted. well, you can't change the past, but you can change your behavior in the future. all i'm asking is that you be certain of what you're supporting with your vote, or don't vote. since you can never be certain of anything when it comes to candidates, never vote.
it isn't as if a candidate is, during a campaign, going to say that he likes coke best, but then drink pepsi after being elected. that doesn't matter. we're talking about candidates who might kill innocent people - many innocent people. think about people in other countries voting for politicians who might end up killing you or your family members. wouldn't you want them to act responsibly? since you can't trust politicians, isn't it impossible to vote responsibly, especially when there's the option not to vote at all?