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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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- had still continued to fund, at more than $250 billion per year, the more than 1,000 U.S. military bases around the globe, most of them in countries whose people no longer want U.S. forces there polluting their air, land and water and disrupting their lives;

- had still continued to deploy U.S. fleets on and under every ocean on earth, including 11 aircraft carrier strike forces, with each aircraft carrier alone costing more than 2 billion dollars and the Navy wanting more of them built, while no other "rival" nation has more than ONE aircraft carrier;

- had continued to ask for increases in the nuclear weapons budget (now more than $50 billion per year) decades after the Cold War ended;

- had supported the undemocratic military coup in Honduras as well as the one in Paraguay, both removing popular, democratically-elected presidents and replacing them with military dictatorships friendly to U.S. "interests" (corporate and military);

- had ignored the horrors, political and natural, in Haiti, with the political ones mostly due to U.S. interference there for decades;

- had illegally bombed Libya in a war of aggression/regime change which violated the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, and the Nuremberg Principles, then told Congress and us that it "wasn't a war" because U.S. soldiers weren't injured or killed;

- had armed the violent anti-Assad forces, including al-Qaida, in Syria, to bring about yet another "regime change" with the hope of installing a U.S. puppet regime such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, with his Secretary of State claiming this was yet another "humanitarian intervention";

- had armed and supported the undemocratic government of Bahrain as it kills its own people who demonstrate against their brutal government, because the U.S. naval base there is much more vital than the lives and freedom of the people there;

- had continued to support oppressive regimes in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and elsewhere, and said little and done even less about the continuing illegal Israeli settlements in the West bank and Israel's cruel blockade of Gaza, thus continuing the long, bloody U.S. tradition of hypocrisy about "democracy" and "freedom";

- had, under the guise of "the [failed but expensive] war on drugs", deployed U.S. military forces throughout South America, threatening Venezuela, including with the re-activated U.S. Fourth Fleet off the eastern coast of South America, as U.S. "gunboat diplomacy" again raises its ugly, violent head;

- had massively increased the war/militarism budget to cover all of the above operations, making the military/security budget of the U.S. larger than that of ALL other nations on earth COMBINED;

- had STILL refused to engage with Cuba, 50 years after the Missile Crisis;

- had signed the National Defense Authorization Act (late on New Year's Eve, 2011, hoping we wouldn't notice) which allows indefinite detention of anyone, INCLUDING U.S. CITIZENS without evidence, thereby ending habeas corpus, then continued to oppose the lawsuit filed to overturn this outrageous destruction of a fundamental civil liberty ;

- had signed into law H.R. 347, the anti-protest law which passed 399 to 3, with NO one in his own party opposing, and which makes it a felony for anyone to protest against anyone, anywhere there is Secret Service protection;

- had prosecuted more whistle blowers of government war crimes, illegality and incompetence than all previous presidents combined;

- had detained and tortured a soldier, Bradley Manning, accused (but not tried for more than nine months, most of which he was held in solitary confinement, a form of torture) of giving information about U.S. war crimes to Wikileaks (obviously, leaking information about U.S. war crimes is much worse than committing them);

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Ed Ciaccio is a retired teacher who is active in the justice and peace community on Long Island, NY, and a writer whose work is featured at Dandelion Salad and has also been posted on Buzzflash and Information Clearing House as well as OpEdNews.
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Voting to maintain an evil system is a form of com... by Ed Ciaccio on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:12:37 AM
Thank you for this article. It should be mandator... by Gail Harrison on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 12:48:05 AM
brilliant! don't vote.... by sbaker on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:58:25 PM
A very lengthy & prescient article that really exp... by Rico D. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 8:29:49 PM
The entirety of what we call a "voting process" is... by Rico D. on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 12:21:03 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xzVBe3hmOk&fe... by Arend Rietkerk on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 8:43:29 PM
I mean, all-in-all, this is a spot-on piece.  ... by Taylor on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 9:12:12 PM
Impressive for the range of analysis and discussio... by Samuel Scharff on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:49:14 PM
Ciaccio did explain why he did not vote Green or a... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 2:16:25 AM
Yes, Ciaccio appears to be laboring under some psy... by Gregory Kilcup on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 6:00:11 AM
On January 2, 2013, Barack Obama will once again s... by Walter F. Wouk on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 9:10:27 AM
Excellent point, Mr. Wouk.... by Taylor on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:41:05 PM
I voted against Obama.  And I did not vote fo... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:31:24 PM
Me too. I voted Green Party.... by Walter F. Wouk on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 5:14:46 PM
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God w... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:22:15 PM
But what if you don't like any of the candidates? ... by Taylor on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 3:44:36 PM
There were other candidates besides Romney and Oba... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:29:17 PM
If we want change, we have to build an electoral ... by Samson on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 4:29:35 PM
ARE YOU SURE, and who are you to say something lik... by Tony Orlando on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:43:37 PM