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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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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."

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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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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.

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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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