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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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then liberals and Democrats and Alternet and Truthout and Truthdig and Common Dreams and MoveOn and The Nation and The Progressive and In These Times, and all the other "liberal", Democratic Party-friendly web sites and blogs and publications would be screaming for the defeat of this terrible, murderous, constitution-destroying, warmongering, anti-environmental president. And they would all be correct.

So why should Obama's dismal, anti-environment, anti-human, pro-war, pro-militarism, pro-corporate record be "ignored"? He has already done so much harm that he should be impeached, prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned, NOT re-elected.

Obama's Claim of Absolute Power

The fact remains that Barack Obama STILL claims the power to order extra-judicial executions of anyone, anywhere, based on his say-so and his "Kill List"/"Disposition Matrix". Romney wants to have this same power as president. They are assassins or would-be assassins, and few commentators are talking about how immoral and illegal this is.

Tyrants and dictators and ruthless kings and queens always claimed the "authority" to have anyone killed, and the right of habeas corpus was created through centuries of bloody struggles, and the American Revolution was fought, at least in part, against this absolute power over life and death. Why is this claim of absolute power OK when Obama says so and Romney wants the same power? Why are few pundits questioning this illegal, immoral assertion of god-like power over others' lives? Why do so many Americans go along with this assertion of absolute power when it's THEIR president who asserts this power and orders these extra-judicial executions, when they correctly and jusitifiably would be outraged if Vladimir Putin or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asserted it and had people killed, by drones or otherwise, due to such an assertion of ruthless power?

Obama or Romney, and every future U.S. President elected in this evil system, will continue to wage drone warfare on people all over the planet, violating national sovereignty and human rights, and terrorizing people from the air.

Drone operators, remotely protected from physical harm (though some do suffer PTSD as a result of their killing), refer to their victims as "bug splats", and carry out a tactic know as the "double tap", by which they bomb a group of "suspects" according to Obama's latest "Kill List" or "Disposition Matrix", then, when others such as the victims' comrades, family and friends go to help the victims, our drones bomb the rescuers. Of course this is deeply immoral and savage, as well as a clear violation of international laws such as the Geneva Conventions. But it is now part of U.S. strategy to terrorize the people in areas the U.S. considers suspected of supporting "terrorists". As recent, independent studies have show, despite U.S. government propaganda, very high proportions of U.S. drone warfare victims are NOT "terrorists" at all, but innocent people, including women and children, going about their normal daily activities.

Arthur Silber is an essayist who writes powerfully about such matters of basic morality. Here are excerpts from one of his recent essays on the subject of Obama's "Kill List":

"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. Every other issue, no matter how important it may be in itself, no matter how passionately we may feel about it, is necessarily less significant.

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It is a fact that Obama and Romney both claim the President possesses absolute power, the power over life itself -- and this with regard to every human being alive. It is a fact that a vote for Obama or Romney means that you support their claim. Demand that anyone who says he or she will vote for Obama or Romney declare: "I vote for Obama/Romney proudly. I am proud to be a knowing accomplice to their murders, including the murders of innocent human beings."

Make them say it. I still have hope for the future, but whatever hope I have rests on our understanding, identifying and accepting the meaning of what we are doing. To vote for Obama or Romney is to be a knowing accomplice to their murders. If that is what you are, say it. Say it -- and be damned.

Then we can defend ourselves."

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/accomplices-to-murder.html

The U.S. "War on Terrorism" is, itself, terrorism, creating more revengeful terrorists every day. Noam Chomsky has told us, " Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it. " But there is too much money in waging war for Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, and all the other war profiteers, and their dutiful servants in Congress and in every White House, for any of them to pay attention to Chomsky's sage reminder.

Of course, Romney/Ryan would not have been any better. The Republicans would have continued their failed (except for the wealthy and corporations) economic policies of cutting taxes for the rich and corporations, waiting for the private sector to create more jobs (which is like waiting for Godot), cutting every safety net program, increasing military/security spending and U.S. "interventions" abroad, increasing subsidies to fossil fuel and polluting industries (while denying catastrophic climate change), and nominating extreme right-wing and pro-corporate ideologues as judges.

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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