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Why I Did Not Vote On November 6, 2012

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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