Saturday, November 03, 2012

The Choice Is Theirs

The American electoral system is broken beyond repair. There is little, if any, difference between the two major candidates, voter suppression is at an all-time high, and there exists the very real possibility that your vote will not be counted at all.

Since moving to Canada in 2005, I have not cast an absentee ballot in any U.S. election. Even if I was still living in New York, I would have stopped voting, as participating in the system is a tacit agreement that things are working properly. Although some progressives, such as Chris Hedges, continue to vote, I see no benefit in willingly taking part in a theatrical farce.

Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, October 24, 2012:
The Washington Post has just laid out, in horrifying, soul-slaughtering detail, the Obama Administration's ongoing effort to expand, entrench and "codify" the practice of murder and terrorism by the United States government. The avowed, deliberate intent of these sinister machinations is to embed the use of death squads and drone terror attacks into the policy apparatus of future administrations, so that the killing of human beings outside all pretense of legal process will go on, year after year after year, even when the Nobel Peace Laureate has left office. ...

Like last year's NY Times piece that first detailed the murder racket being run directly out of the White House, the new Washington Post story is replete with quotes from "senior Administration officials" who have obviously been authorized to speak. Once again, this is a story that Obama and his team WANT to tell. They want you to know about the murder program and their strenuous exertions to make it permanent; they are proud of this, they think it makes them look good. They want it to be part of their legacy, something they can pass on to future generations: arbitrary, lawless, systematic murder.

Perhaps this fact should be borne in mind by all those anguished progressives out there who keep telling themselves that Obama will "be different, that he will "turn to the left," if we can only get him a second term. No; the legacy of arbitrary, lawless, systematic murder is the legacy he wants. It is the legacy he has been building, with remarkable energy and meticulous attention to detail, day after day, week after week, for the past four years. This is what he cares about. And it is this -- not jobs, not peace, not the environment, not equal rights for women and ethnic and sexual minorities, not the poor, not the middle class, not education, not infrastructure, not science, not diplomacy -- that he will apply himself to in a second term. (Along with his only other political passion: forging a "grand bargain" with Big Money to gut the remaining shreds of the New Deal.)
Arthur Silber, Once Upon A Time..., October 20, 2012:
There is no evil beyond the claimed "right" to murder by arbitrary edict, to murder anyone, anywhere, anytime. If you support this particular evil -- and if you vote for Obama, you support it -- then you will support anything. ...

The claim of a "right" to murder anyone for any reason is the greatest expression of evil we can imagine. Both Obama and Romney claim the President has such a right. Obama has actualized his belief on many occasions. Any individual who claims such a right cannot, by definition, represent a "lesser evil" of any kind. He claims as his own the greatest evil possible.
Paul Craig Roberts, October 13, 2012:
There is no reason to vote for the reelection of a president who codified into law the Bush regime's destruction of the US Constitution, who went one step further and asserted the power to murder US citizens without due process of law, and who has done nothing to stop the exploitation of the American people by the one percent.

As Gerald Celente says in the Autumn Issue of the Trends Journal, when confronted with the choice between two evils, you don’t vote for the lesser evil. You boycott the election and do not vote. "Lesser or greater, evil is evil."

If Americans had any sense, no one would vote in the November election. Whoever wins the November election, it will be a defeat for the American people. ...

How will a Romney or Obama win be summed up? The answer will be in terms of which candidate is best for Israel's interest; which is best for Wall Street's interest, which is best for agribusiness; which is most likely to attack Iran; which is most likely to subject economic and war protesters to indefinite detention as domestic extremists.

The only people who will benefit from the election of either Romney or Obama are those associated with the private oligarchies that rule America.
Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque, September 25, 2012:
Again -- and we've said here over and over, for months, even years: when you vote for one of the factions in the imperial power bloc -- Democrat or Republican -- this is what you are supporting. You are empowering, enabling and associating yourself with an extremist regime that visits bin Laden-like terror on innocent people, day after day, night after night: killing them, traumatizing them, deranging their lives, destroying their families, their hopes and dreams. This is what you are voting for, you stalwart Tea Party patriots. This is what you are voting for, you earnest humanitarian progressives. This and nothing else but this: terror, murder, fear and ruin, in a never-ending, self-perpetuating, all-devouring cycle.


laura k said...

Thumbs up, +1, like, retweet, etc.

I do agree that voting in the US right now supports the fraudulent electoral system.

In defense of Hedges, he is voting Green. If all he (or anyone) does is vote Green, it's useless. But if you're part of a democracy and social justice movement - call is Occupy, call it anything - then you're truly working for change. And if someone feels voting is part of that, so be it.

And Hedges, of course, is several steps ahead of all the progressives who condemn Obama and the Democrats... then vote for them.

One more note: I do not fault Obama or any leader for being careerist and self-serving, as long as the interests of self and interests of the many coincide.

Thanks for the post. Glad to be out in left field with you.

laura k said...

And I love Mr Fish!

ibrosey said...

Excuse me. Did you move to Canada because you were being persecuted?

allan said...


laura k said...

"ibrosey" appears to be an old friend who I see on Facebook. Now that I see who it is, I realize that was sarcasm.