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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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All that is clear and, for many liberals, in spite of Obama's bloody, dismal record in his first term, amounts to enough of a difference to vote against the Republicans by voting for Obama/Biden.

But asking if Romney/Ryan would be any better than Obama/Biden is asking the wrong question, the question which only perpetuates the current rule of the corporate/military imperialists running the United States and arrogantly and recklessly dominating much of the world.

Here is the right question all of us who care about the future MUST be continually asking from now on, long after the current electoral circus has ended and the next group of corporate imperialists has been crowned: What will it take to make the U.S. a true democracy, free of the ruinous rule of the Corporate/Wall Street/War-Profiteering sociopaths and their White House, Congressional & Supreme Court lackeys?

Please read the articles listed below this essay and think about the future of the whole planet, including the lives of people already suffering due to Obama's expansion of the ruthless U.S. global Empire of militarism which protects predatory corporate capitalism (not "our freedom"), and his callous, irresponsible, greedy support for more fossil fuel drilling and fracking while ignoring catastrophic climate change.

Barack Obama has already been a disastrous U.S. President to millions around the planet here and abroad because of his cruel and ruthless economic and military policies, and to the entire planet, all species included, due to his greedy, cowardly, irresponsible neglect of catastrophic climate change.

Obama/Biden (or Romney/Ryan) will merely continue the misery the U.S. government is committed to carrying out by its Wall Street/Corporate/War-Profiteering Masters.

Voting to Continue an Evil System

Only by ending this imperial duopoly and the ruthless U.S. global Empire will we save the lives of billions of people and other creatures, and give ourselves a chance at true democracy and a sustainable future, rather than the murderous corporatocracy we have had since at least 1886, when the Supreme Court declared that corporations were "persons".

But voting for "the lesser of two evils" not only keeps evil in power. It also reinforces and continues to legitimize a deadly, deeply corrupt, destructive, anti-human, anti-environmental political system which has developed in this nation since at least 1886, if not since its inception.

As Gary Younge says, in the November 19, 2012 issue of The Nation:

Democrats are not entitled to progressive support and have done precious little to earn it. Their achievements don't outweigh the significance of children killed by drones or the one in fifteen black kids who has a parent in prison. In most European countries, their agenda would comfortably be embraced by mainstream conservatives. But we're not in Europe, and the viable alternative is always worse. That's the problem. When Democratic loyalists chide disaffected progressives with the mantra, "Well, this is the only choice," they apparently don't realize that this is less an endorsement of Obama than an indictment of an entire system. (Ed's italics)

In 2008, having learned enough about both John McCain and Barack Obama, I voted for the Green Party candidate, Cynthia McKinney, because only she represented what I believed in. In her activism since then, such as her participation in one of the flotillas attempting to break the inhumane, illegal, cruel Israeli blockade of Gaza, she has continued to prove, by actions as well as words, that she was well worth supporting.

I refused to throw my vote away on either two Democratic or two Republican Corporate Imperialists and their Congressional cronies who all view people and nature as commodities ripe for exploitation by their Corporate Funders. Deluding myself that one is "preferable" to the other plays right into the blood-soaked, greedy hands of the Ruling Class who will be toasting themselves with expensive champagne no matter which Corporate Imperialists win on election night.

As long as any of them win, the rest of us, and our only planet, all lose.

But I also refused, this time, to vote for any Third Party candidates, regardless of how much Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her Green New Deal represented nearly everything I believe in.

Why?

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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