That's very defeatist attitude. Of course any politician can say one thing and do another once he/she's elected. But you try and do the research and go with the person you think will represent you the best. Should we not bother voting for anyone because they might change their minds or lie at the drop of a hat when they are in office? It's like an employer hiring someone to fill a position. They can go off a resume, interviews, and recommendations, but once hired, they could turn out to be total slackers. So what do you do? You get a new one and try again. It's just like with your mayor. One he was out that was the opportunity to readdress those issues.
I didn't realize that sticking to you principles meant not voting and sitting on the couch. That is, unless indifference is your principle. Voting for the lesser of two evils may suck but I'd rather try and go for the guy I think will do the least amount of damage to whatever he/she's in charge of instead of sitting on my ass.
Alright, Pendy, how about votes toward laws and policies? Elected officials of just about *any* nature are not *required* to obey the will of the people. They may not get elected again, if they don't, but that's hardly consolation while they're still in office. Our town voted down many things and the mayor let them pass anyway. Granted, he didn't get re-elected, but that didn't solve the problems he caused.
Also, in regards to the specific topic in the strip, not voting does not negate your right to complain. No one should ever vote for someone they don't truly believe will do a good job. Voting for the lesser of two (or however many) evils solves nothing, it merely gets bad candidates more votes. By sticking to your principles and not voting for any candidate you don't like, you are truly doing your part in a democracy (or even republic).
I didn't see anywhere in there where I was specifically talking about the president...Since when does the electoral college elect senators, congressman, governors, state legislators, mayors, city council members, local judges, sheriffs, etc.? And these days if the electoral college didn't go with the popular vote of their own particular state, there would be riots in the street. Your vote does count towards what presidential candidate who will get the electoral votes from the state. You're right on the overall popular vote though. The current system does provide that a presidential candidate can win the popular vote and still lose. I'm not a big fan of that in particular.