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Does Voting Even Matter?

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Real issues are not discussed, the audiences are pre screened along with the questions and the participants are not allowed to ask follow up questions and just in case anyone's tries their microphones are cut off as soon as their prescreened question is asked.  Nothing of merit is discussed by either political candidate.

On another note I'm not sure if many of us realize the Green Party nominee Jill Stein and her running mate, activist Cheri Honkala, were arreste d outside the debates and handcuffed to chairs for 8 hours. They'd met all the requirements to participate in the debates and because they demanded their rights were arrested.  Police state anyone?

Now what?

So here's the deal.  What many people still don't understand is the elections don't matter.  I've voted in every election since I was old enough.

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I no longer believe my vote counts.  Both the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen.  I realize whoever is really in charge controls the ballot box and the new electronic voting machines were installed for a reason.

All real change has always come from grass roots movements: Labor party, Suffragettes, Civil Rights, Women's Rights.  These movements put pressure on the powers that be to make change.  Gandhi did not defeat the British Empire by sitting on the couch, signing petitions or posting on Facebook.  He put his body in front of the machine.  We must all stand up against the tyranny that has befallen our country.  They must fear us in order for anything to change.

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I for one will not collude with my own demise. I refuse to play along with the corporate oligarchy.  A system based on greed and propped up by lies, war, distraction and illusions.

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."  George Orwell

Truth tellers have always been despised and feared because knowing the truth means something must change and change is what people fear the most and yet it is the only constant.

"Then you will know the truth, and truth will set you free." John 8:32

That being said I will still vote.  I will march myself to my voting place and vote GREEN.

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P.S.  Please sign the pledge of action and join: Noam Chomsky, Thom Hartmann, Medea Benjamin, Rocky Anderson, Daniel Ellsberg, Margaret Flowers, Tom Hayden, Jill Stein, Laura Bonham, Tim Carpenter, David Cobb, Karen Dolan, Bill Fletcher, David Swanson, John Cavanagh, Jim Goodman, Rebecca Goodman, George Martin, Frances Piven, Nancy Price, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, John Matthews, Daniel Wayne Lee, Kevin Zeese, Mimi Kennedy, and Lee Camp for "No More Stolen Elections!"

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Jill Dalton is a recovering army brat/writer/performer/activist who has appeared in film and television as well as performing her solo plays in New York and around the country. Most recently she can be seen in and consulted for William Hurt on the (more...)

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