Abstaining From A Vote On Abstaining

This is making my head hurt, but apparently three members of the Ypsilanti City Council abstained during a vote on a measure that would have prevented abstaining in future votes. Apparently, they didn’t like the idea that they’d be required to vote either yes or no unless they had a particular conflict. They apparently chose to show their disapproval of the idea by abstaining from the vote.

Abstaining on a vote that could have taken away their ability to abstain in order to show their displeasure is definitely kind of funny, but just seems a little dumb.

I certainly understand the humor behind what they were doing, though it does make my head hurt. Don’t want us to abstain? Well, we abstain. However, given that they didn’t approve of the resolution, I think they probably should have voted ‘no.’ That would also have shown that they didn’t approve, and would have had the side benefit of actually helping to not pass the resolution.

Of course, that is just my personal opinion. Perhaps they knew that the resolution wasn’t going to pass anyway (it failed by two votes, only getting two in favor). However, it just seems like a risky option. Being clever doesn’t seem like it should be as important as actually doing something about whatever it is you feel strongly about…certainly not when you still have the power to do something.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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