I'll admit that it isn't exactly pragmatic, but I will not willfully participate in the erosion of American liberties.
If you had abstained then it would have been better than if you had not voted at all (assuming you consider the pointless wars a worse tradeoff than what we otherwise would have gotten).I have had to make this call a few times. One in particular was in 2000. To simply sit on my hands and do nothing while complaining seemed counter intuitive at best. I voted for Bush and then I watched as he entered us into a ridiculous, pointless war that rages to this day.
BUT....I can bitch about my choice because I made a choice.
If I have to choose between losing one essential freedom vs another essential freedom, I will refuse to lend my support to either and I will STILL complain that ANY of my essential freedoms are being taken from me.
Those with the "I'm not sure which is worse, coin-flip to decide" mentality are a danger to democracy. The choice should belong to the informed and the passionate. The ignorant and the apathetic pollute the process with their influence.