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I'm Lena Chen, a writer, activist, and media producer who's been called a "skank" (by Bill O'Reilly) and "a small Asian woman" (by The New York Times). My favorite part of my workday is the hate mail.

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[Mitt Romney] is making a mockery of our democracy, and The Harvard Crimson will not stand for it. Our form of government depends on the good-faith participation of both major parties. When one candidate chooses to throw an election instead of trying to win, the sanctity of our republic is diminished, the quality of our leadership is reduced, and the financial contributions of our wealthiest citizens are wasted. As political scientists can attest, the perpetual tug-of-war between pitchfork-wielding, Apocalypse-awaiting reactionaries and latte-sipping gay supremacists is one of the few things keeping us from the terrifying descent into tyranny. By effectively removing Republican participation from the 2012 presidential race, Mitt Romney has pushed us one step closer to Beijing-style autocracy.

Don’t Throw It, Mr. Romney | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson

This may very well be the first time The Crimson's made me laugh since Alexandra Petri was a columnist! I couldn’t be less enthused about the presidential election right now, and the only reason I’m even bothering to register to vote is in order to weigh in on a couple ballot initiatives in Massachusetts. I’m done with American politics, done with America, and feel so vindicated that I’m not the only person fed up with the fact that elections are treated like the freaking Olympics by the news media.

I have never registered with a political party, and I cannot imagine a future in which I ever do.

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