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Gibson writes: "If tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong are bravingpepper spray, tear gas, batons, and mass arrests, and are even willing to take over a major highway, sleep on it overnight, and refuse to leave in the middle of a tropical downpour just for the right to have free and fair elections, then we have no excuse here to not participate in our elections."

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The Election Is a Month Away. Fucking. Vote.

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

01 October 14

 

“Y’all tellin me that I need to get out and vote, huh. Why? Ain’t nobody black runnin but crackers, so, why I got to register? I’m thinkin of better shit to do with my time.”

~ Andre 3000, “Git Up, Git Out

“I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

~ Paul Weyrich, founder of ALEC


t wasn’t even 100 years ago when women couldn’t vote in this country. It wasn’t even 50 years ago when black citizens were taxed and otherwise discriminated against, just to have their vote. And today, the current efforts underway to disenfranchise certain demographics of voters is more proof than ever that our votes are the only thing that can upset the oligarchy’s dominance over our country, and that those oligarchs will do everything they can to stop us from voting. If tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong are braving pepper spray, tear gas, batons, and mass arrests, and are even willing to take over a major highway, sleep on it overnight, and refuse to leave in the middle of a tropical downpour just for the right to have free and fair elections, then we have no excuse here to not participate in our elections.

As soon as the Supreme Court returned to work this week, the first thing they did was uphold a Republican plan to restrict early voting in Ohio, one of the most politically significant states in presidential elections. North Carolina Republicans are going above and beyond to make it difficult to vote. Along with cutting early voting days, restricting voter registration drives, and implementing strict voter ID laws, they’ve passed a law allowing ballots to be thrown out for voters who accidentally showed up at the wrong precinct, even if they’re voting for candidates not specific to that precinct. Wisconsin’s voter ID law is so stringent that an 87-year-old woman who has participated in every previous election now has to prove to election authorities that she isn’t an undocumented immigrant.

All of these Republican attempts to disenfranchise voters are being justified as preventing the mythical “voter fraud.” However, when one Loyola Law School professor investigated actual instances of voter fraud, he discovered only 31 cases out of over 1 billion ballots cast. Isn’t it funny that Republicans don’t want to change existing gun laws despite American gun deaths being on track to outnumber traffic fatalities next year, yet they’re doing everything they can to make it harder to vote despite the specter of “voter fraud” proving virtually nonexistent? Republicans know their policies are unpopular, and 72 percent of Americans disagree with their policies. Their strategy to win control of the Senate, and by default, control of the entire legislative branch of our government, is to prevent as many people as possible from voting. This further proves that our votes matter, that having poor people and people of color vote scares the shit out of bad politicians, and that every vote counts.

Too many people think that by not voting, they’re making a political statement that they have no confidence in our current political system. But in reality, not showing up to vote is making a de facto political statement that they accept the status quo and see no reason to show up to change it. In contrast, by showing up to vote, you’re making the statement that as a citizen, you’re paying attention to what people being paid with your tax dollars to make decisions on your behalf are doing. And if they aren’t representing your interests with your votes, you’re exercising your right to fire them. When you have the opportunity to cast your ballot and don’t, you’re letting corrupt, ineffective elected officials know that things in your life are good enough that you’ll let them keep their jobs.

When Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill that would lower student loan interest rates to 0.75 percent, the same rate offered to big banks for borrowing billions of dollars, Republicans in the Senate filibustered it. When a bill that would have increased the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour was introduced, Senate Republicans filibustered it, and House Republicans unanimously opposed the companion wage increase bill. When a bill that would have revoked tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas was under consideration, Republicans blocked the bill from even being debated. Even bills that would have provided job training, increased access to healthcare, and higher education for veterans were filibustered by the Republican minority in the Senate.

A month from now, we have the opportunity to say who should serve in 33 U.S. Senate seats. And if you’re at all upset about the status quo of Republican filibusters of common-sense bills in the Senate, you need to do everything in your power to stop them from controlling that chamber. There isn’t one average American citizen anywhere who loves a gridlocked legislative body that’s unable to accomplish even the most basic tasks. If you care at all about ending such unprecedented obstruction, you need to vote this November.

One major argument from non-voters is that nobody on the ballot adequately represents their views and interests, so why bother? But this is precisely the reason why voting in every election is so important. By voting in summer primaries, you’re deciding who should have the right to appear on the ballot in the fall. Those primary candidates often get their start in local, county, and state elected offices, and you have the power to cast a ballot in all of those elections as well. If you don’t like either candidate on the November ballot, ask yourself if you voted in the primary. If you don’t like any of the candidates on the ballot in the primary, ask yourself if you voted in the last local/county/state election cycle. If you didn’t like any of those local candidates, then try running for one of those local offices yourself!

Even a no-vote in a local election can cause plenty of havoc. One great example is what’s happening in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Julie Williams, an ultra-conservative member of the local school board, is forcing curriculum onto high school students that whitewashes American history in a way that promotes the acceptance of authority and discourages civil disobedience. This means those students will be historically illiterate when it comes to the civil rights movement that won black Americans the right to be afforded the same services as whites, to the women’s suffrage movement that won a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, and to the labor rights movement that guaranteed an 8-hour work day and a five-day work week, abolished child labor, and established basic rights like a living wage and a safe work environment.

Ironically, those students last week held a mass walkout in protest of the new curriculum, and this week, their teachers joined them by calling in sick to join the protesting students. If enough of those students and teachers vote in the next school board election, they can oust Julie Williams and put in someone who promises not to force ideology down the throats of impressionable young students. Direct action is necessary, but without the vote, the protests are ineffective.

For another consequence of not voting, look to Ferguson, Missouri. Fifty of the city’s 53 police officers are white, and 5 of the 6 Ferguson city council members are white, despite Ferguson’s being 70 percent black. The mayor of Ferguson is a white Republican. All Ferguson’s black community has to do is vote out the current crop of elected officials, who are doing a poor job of representing them. Sadly, only 6 percent of the black community bothered to show up in Ferguson’s last municipal elections. To be fair, Ferguson purposefully holds their city elections in April of odd-numbered years, hence the low turnout. But this could be fixed by a campaign to get the next secretary of state for Missouri to force Ferguson to hold their elections in November of even-numbered years, when voters are likely to show up.

My anarchist friends love to quote Emma Goldman, who said, “If voting changed anything, it would be illegal.” But those people forget that historically, allowing people to vote was considered ill-informed and dangerous. Some political leaders asserted they had authority to rule due to the circumstances of their birth, or by divine right. The founding fathers only allowed white, land-owning men to have the right to vote. Voting was technically illegal for black citizens until after the Civil War, and it was still almost impossible for black Americans to vote until 1965. Women weren’t allowed to vote until 1920. 18-year-olds didn’t have the right to vote until 1971. All throughout time, people have fought for the right to choose their leaders. We have to respect those efforts by showing up in November.

If gerrymandered Congressional districts keep you from voting, keep in mind that gerrymandering doesn’t affect statewide elections for governors and U.S. Senate seats. This year, citizens in 36 states will have the opportunity to vote for governor. And whoever is in the governor’s mansion in 2020 will get to sign off on new congressional districts drawn up after the next census. If you want to stop gerrymandering, it’s your duty to pick the best candidates for state house, state senate, and governor.

I’m all for having a political revolution in this country, and agree that many Democrats and Republicans are equally corrupt. But in this particular election, one of those parties is actively working overtime to make sure blacks, students, the elderly, and poor people don’t get to vote. That same party is working just as hard to stall any meaningful legislative progress, no matter how widely-supported, as long as a black man is in the White House. By not voting, you’re voicing your silent opinion that what they’re doing is acceptable, and simultaneously doubling the votes of their supporters.

I agree with my anarchist friends that the best way to achieve meaningful progress is through a diversity of tactics. And the vote is just as important a tactic as protesting, blocking streets, occupying foreclosed homes, developing cooperative workplaces, and growing organic food. When more of us show up to vote, the oligarchs gradually lose their influence, and we make gradual progress. Democracy is not a spectator sport. So if you want to win, get your ass out of the bleachers and participate.


Carl Gibson, 27, is co-founder of US Uncut, a nonviolent grassroots movement that mobilized thousands to protest corporate tax dodging and budget cuts in the months leading up to Occupy Wall Street. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the documentary We're Not Broke, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Carl is also the author of How to Oust a Congressman, an instructional manual on getting rid of corrupt members of Congress and state legislatures based on his experience in the 2012 elections in New Hampshire. He lives in Sacramento, California.

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+36 # tswhiskers 2014-10-01 11:09
YES, BY GOD! EVERYBODY VOTE! There are far too many Fergusons in this country. If blacks and other minorities would only VOTE in every election, the GOP could not get away with the cheating shenanigans they've been pulling for years. Yes, the NAACP and other black organizations seem to be forever trying to get out the vote, but perhaps they are not making the case well enough. If blacks would vote as a GROUP in every election and primaries too; if legal Mexicans would all vote in every election; if women, gays, Asians would all vote in EVERY election, the GOP wouldn't have a chance to win and continue to put their obscene voter and tax laws into effect. But EVERYONE has to vote in EVERY ELECTION. Voting must become a HABIT. It's no good just voting in 2008 and 2012 to get a black man into the White House. Once people are registered to vote, they need to keep on voting every election. Then registering voters ceases to be such a problem; then the Dem. agenda has a chance against GOP cheating. NAACP, sit up and take notice! EVERY ELECTION.
 
 
0 # candida 2014-10-02 20:12
You're blaming people of color, women and "gays" for the right-wing Republican takeover?! REALLY?!?! These populations have been f*cked with (in case there's censorship) the most since before this nation was a twinkle in the colonialist eye and blocked at every crossroads from voting or becoming (full) citizens. Any advances on this have been fought for by these same groups over the centuries and have come at great cost for many, including the loss of lives, livelihoods, family, and community. Given the assaults on citizenship for these groups (look at the current efforts to disenfranchise Blacks, Latin@s and the poor, for instance), it's amazing that as many people from these groups vote as much as they do. Among ethnic/racial groups, Blacks are the most solidly Democratic block voters followed by Latin@s, esp Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans. Whites are still the ethnic/racial majority in general and, disproportionat ely, of the electorate as a result of "cheating shenanigans" historically. How about directing your admonishments toward them to get out and vote against racism, sexism and heterosexism and for a true democracy in which all are truly equal before the state and the law?!?!
 
 
+4 # tswhiskers 2014-10-03 10:07
Actually I blame everybody. Voter turnout in the U.S. has always been shamefully low. Did I not say in my first sentence Everybody vote? I call on minorities to vote because the GOP is systematically trying to discourage them from voting, not so with whites or gays. The GOP needs the black and Latin vote to get into office; you don't hear them screaming about increasing the white vote.
 
 
0 # Cassandra2012 2014-10-06 12:41
People (both black and white) DIED for the vote [for blacks in the South] , or have you forgotten that?
 
 
+34 # WestWinds 2014-10-01 11:48
Yes, get out and vote. And make sure the elections in your area haven't been rigged or tampered with.

I just read a Credo bulletin about the Rethugs in North Carolina who are creating "misinformation " from the Right.

#Credo Quote:
" News broke last week that a Koch brothers-funded group is under investigation in North Carolina for attempting to steal the election. There are three things I need you to know.

(1) I just came back from North Carolina and I can tell you this is real.
(2) CREDO SuperPAC organizers and volunteers have even run into Koch-funded campaign workers spreading misinformation on voting in African-American neighborhoods.
(3) We’re the only “Save the Senate” campaign with volunteers and organizers on the ground going door-to-door counteracting voter suppression with a targeted progressive base turnout campaign.

This is an urgent moment to fight back."
 
 
+28 # Barbara K 2014-10-01 11:57
Absolutely! Get out and VOTE, VOTE as if your life depends on it, as it does! Our VOTE is our most fundamental right, and there are some trying to take that right away from many. Those are the ones who must be defeated. GET THE LUNATICS OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENTS FROM LOCAL TO DC!

We can't fix stupid, but we can get rid of them with our VOTES!

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE !!!

..
 
 
+11 # wantrealdemocracy 2014-10-01 18:34
The people in Hong Kong are braving pepper spray, tear gas, batons and mass arrests --- just for the right to FREE AND FAIR elections. That is what we have to do here in the U.S. of A. Our elections are all rigged. Only a very rich person or a corrupt one can get on the ballot. The voting on those computer ballots can not be proven fair and/ or accurate. We really only have the chance to vote for a Republican or a Democrat and for the life of me I can't see (or smell) any difference between these two corrupt corporately funded political parties. If you do vote just don't vote for either of the evil twins.
 
 
+33 # PABLO DIABLO 2014-10-01 12:07
Vote progressive. If there aren't any progressives, vote Democrat.
 
 
+16 # Old4Poor 2014-10-01 19:38
Actually, even as a Progressive my advice is to vote Democratic. The horrendous Supreme Court decision on Ohio voting restrictions mentioned above would have not been possible without Alieto and Roberts, both appointed by George W Bush. Gore would never have appointed either man.

The far right has been working for years to take over local elections and then State houses, meaning redistricting and election laws and the current House of Representatives , and they are controlling so much of the dialog in this country as a result, even though they actually represent a small %. They also have a tenuous hold on the Supreme Court, leading to some really dangerous decisions for this country's present and future.

Let's get the government back in balance before we worry about making it more Progressive.
 
 
+4 # Buddha 2014-10-01 20:45
Or, the Democratic Party will continue to believe that they can be Center-Right Corporatist shills, and that Progressives will just keep voting for them, donating to their campaigns, etc., just because they aren't Republican. We can certainly agree that the Tea Party are extremist loons, but the reason the have such power in the GOP is that they were willing to primary their own more centrist Republicans and even run independent candidates if necessary (hint, hint, Bernie), and withhold donations to moderate Republicans even if it might mean losing some elections in the short term.

I submit the Democratic Party is such a mess and has become GOP-lite, specifically because so many of us have continued voting and donating to Dems even as they stop strongly supporting Progressive values...
 
 
+9 # Old4Poor 2014-10-01 23:30
One of my recurring fantasies is that before I die I will see Jamie Dimon, CEO of Chase, in an orange jumpsuit and cuffs, doing a perp walk.

The Dems failure to hold the big banks accountable for the disasters they wrought haunts me.

But, Supreme Court appointments are for life, and I believe we must hold the line there and once the imbalance has been addressed we can make other choices towards a fairer world and country.

I refuse to cede my government to the GOP and their ilk.

I would love to vote for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren for President, but realistically neither has a chance of winning in the current political climate. For Goodness sake, it now looks as if Joni Ernst is gong to win in Iowa.
 
 
+18 # reiverpacific 2014-10-01 12:23
Pity that there weren't a few foreign versions of Jimmy Carter who could be distributed around each state to assure legit supervised elections.
But then "Special interests" would likely have them threatened or shot by death squads coordinated by the NRA.
The Fragmented states is getting more like the many extreme Right, death-squad enforced Banana Republics it has established around the world to usurp any kind of attempt to form populist governments for the benefits of their own people but against the Corpo-Military interests of Big Bro' and the in-country Oligarchies who become "Joint-venture" partners of their US counterparts to work in each places long as it yields resources.
Same forces at work in the "Homeland" too.
You'll never get anything else until you shorten the campaign time and limit contributions to two or three months before election days, give each party -and I mean EACH, not just the 1.5 dominant ones, as long as they can get a certain amount of guaranteed voters registered, equal SUBSIDIZED air time, stop the owner-media jacking up prices to appear and driving fundraising to the current stratospheric altitudes, obscuring the issues, making how much each is raising the news, which will ALWAYS fall out in favor of the fat-cats.
-O' aye, and ditch the antiquated Electoral College racket.
Until then, you haven't a popsicle in Hades' chance of establishing a Democracy.
 
 
+16 # tedrey 2014-10-01 12:33
And remember, if you get ten other people to vote who wouldn't have done so, you're having ten times the impact.

Voting isn't the only thing we have to do, but as long as we keep pushing on the other levers as well, it's vitally important.
 
 
+15 # Eliz77 2014-10-01 12:37
Thanks Carl, that is what we have to do if we are going to make our hired reps pay any attention to our issues. Make sure you get into your neighborhoods and let people know what the candidates are saying and how the incumbents have performed, and make sure folks get to the polls. And, by all that is good and smart, DO NOT vote for any Republican or Tparty crazy.
 
 
-33 # edwin_ 2014-10-01 12:49
Carl, you must have a very limited vocabulary or intelligence for you to resort to such foul language to express your views
 
 
+28 # Dust 2014-10-01 13:10
I'd say his profanity is far less obscene than the behavior of the ultra-conservat ive right.
 
 
+13 # reiverpacific 2014-10-01 13:57
Quoting edwin_:
Carl, you must have a very limited vocabulary or intelligence for you to resort to such foul language to express your views


O' fer Chrissakes, take the fuckin' stick out!
 
 
+9 # rockieball 2014-10-01 16:30
Ah typical right-wing mind set. destroy the message language than read the message. No counter statement on what he said just an attack on the way he said it,
 
 
+1 # edwin_ 2014-10-02 09:30
Rokie, What Carl said was very important & timely . Using the Fbomb just seem juvenile to me . We'll just have to agree to disagree
 
 
+3 # James Marcus 2014-10-01 13:13
Most Unfortunately, 'The Man' is 'out in front' of Voting. No need to rig the Ballot Box, any more; when ALL Candidates, from both Parties, now work for the Bankstas.
Go ahead, and Vote. Now, meaningless.
A 'Rogue' gets into Office?
It can Happen! JFK, RFK...JFK Jr. to wit. (take 'the Boy' out- before he can retaliate)
The Bankstas 'deal with it'.
 
 
0 # RLF 2014-10-02 05:33
Rogue? Angry Black man? Tried that, didn't work out so well. Thought at least he might try giving equal justice to arrogant white torturers and banksters but no!
 
 
+6 # Malcolm 2014-10-01 13:58
I was visiting Costa Rica during a very contentious presidential election. When it was done,the Ticos were really bummed, because slightly less than 90% of voters bothered to vote. They told me that the number was usually over 95%!

They even have people flying back to the country from overseas, just to vote, as there's no absentee voting.

I told them how, here in Orygun, we had trouble inspiring a bare majority to vote,even though they could vote here for a 26 cent stamp. (Yeah, stamps cost more nowadays, but that was then.)
maybe the Ticos hadn't lost faith in their voting process.

Alas, Orygun's Vote by Mail is rife with issues making it easy to fake the outcomes.
 
 
+12 # Malcolm 2014-10-01 14:17
Btw, although I'm not confident that my vote will actually be counted, I certainly vote. ALWAYS. It's stupid not to.
 
 
+8 # LGNTexas 2014-10-01 16:02
Texas could become a purple or blue state if only we could get more of our non-white voters to come out. But with gerrymandering and vote suppression laws enacted by Republicans (thanks for nothing Supreme Court), it is hard not to be discouraged. But voting is the only way to turn this around. The right wing is successfully targeting the minor municipal and school board elections and then working up, taking over regional/state races. IMO, the Electoral College harms the presidential elections. I have voted in eleven presidential elections and have never lived in a state where my candidate won the electoral vote that year. I should be discouraged but I keep turning up at the polls. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/us/voter-turnout-as-big-as-texas-not-really.html?_r=0
 
 
-3 # RLF 2014-10-02 05:34
A lot of those non-white voters are also ignorant catholics...bew are of what you wish for.
 
 
+7 # rockieball 2014-10-01 16:44
It is tragic and shameful that the country that gave the citizens the right to vote over 200 years ago cannot get even 30% of the people to vote. Which means that only 15% of the populace elect our leaders. Yet 100% complain about the job that they do. You wonder why we get the people in Washington D.C. that we get ? Well look at those that sit on their fat asses watching a sports program or sit in a bar or say they have better things to do that to choose who is going to represent us to the rest of the world. Look at the excuse "Why my vote doesn't count anyway." Then tell it to those in Florida who in 2000 felt no reason to vote. If their is anyone tp blame for the mess this country is in just look in the mirror if you don't vote. And if you don't vote don't bitch because you by not voting gave us the country that we now have.
 
 
+4 # Underledge 2014-10-01 18:01
Yes, voting is important, however voting for the least worse candidate doesn't say much of anything. We need strict term limits and a no revolving door policy for those who get elected.
 
 
+2 # RCW 2014-10-01 18:46
Edwin, I agree with you about using obscene words which are unnecessary in an intelligently written article about a subject that is too important for adolescent language. By the way, what goes RSN, I cast two votes one red and the other green and the count remained the same both times.
 
 
+5 # cwbystache 2014-10-01 20:25
"Too many people think that by not voting, they’re making a political statement that they have no confidence in our current political system. But in reality, not showing up to vote is making a de facto political statement that they accept the status quo and see no reason to show up to change it."

Yeah, and when I do find someone who represents my views, and I vote Green Party, my liberal friends tell me I've defacto voted for the Republicans because the Greens haven't a hope in hell of winning. Sounds like it all comes down to nothing more than control-issues- -people getting mad when I don't do what they think is best, and they wish they could take my vote away from me and cast it as an extra for themselves.
 
 
0 # BKnowswhitt 2014-10-01 22:48
Some vote some don't both are equally valid. It's already established that we here in the USA are a democracy and a successful one at that. We are not Hong Kong. What's going on there is Beijing has imposed an authoritarian majistrate there. Hong Kong always been free now with gassing of protesters unheard of there the reaction is great and I am personally with them on their side. I had the opportunity to vote in two states in the last 20 years .. one redneck the other lefty. I only voted once. But it was lefty in a redneck state. I think they should up the anti and game here at home. Let us carry our votes as 'precious' a commodity they are - and I do not mean to demean what happened to Blacks and Women in USA past in saying this. Let us all vote in the state we choose to effect the outcome .. change votes for example in a redneck state you get to send your liberal vote to a state where it might create an outcome you believe in . and vice versus .. hey after the stopped growing the House to fit the numbers and halted H of Reps #s we stopped being represented here at home and i mean both sides .. now it is a dirty game gamed by gerrymandering and dinaro's ..
 
 
-2 # indian weaver 2014-10-02 07:52
My wish is that no one votes. Republicans = Democrats in my world - both are a living poisons, suppurating pus, a pestilence destroying everything including my planet, a deadly infection requiring extermination by whatever means ... That empty silence of no voting would be deafening, to the world if not Obama and his fascist terrorist regime who are deaf to anything helpful or positive for We The People. Merely wishing and hoping, obviously ...
 
 
+6 # tswhiskers 2014-10-02 09:29
Unfortunately the "empty silence of no voting" would only ensure that Reps. will win every election with no effort whatsoever and big business would run over this country polluting everything, air, water and earth and make money hand over fist while irreparably damaging the earth so that nothing but cockroaches could survive in the end. The vote is the only weapon we have short of all out revolution; and the Hong Kong revolt going on right now against their Communist overlords looks increasingly courageous and dangerous with each day that passes. Viva Hong Kong!! Would that we Americans had that same courage.
 
 
0 # audreyl 2014-10-02 11:40
How about write-ins? Can we have write-ins? The last time I wanted to skip both POTUS candidates, I ended up feeling forced to vote for Johnson, because Goldwater said he would defoliate Vietnam. Johnson won, and HE defoliated Vietnam.
 
 
-2 # Innocent Victim 2014-10-02 23:22
Elections in the US are a sham! In matters of war or the domination by our big banks, voting for a Dem or a Repub makes no difference. Where there are differences, they are mostly about social issues: racial matters, women's rights, gay rights, etc. These are important issues but what is determining our decline as a nation is not discussed nor affected by our elections.
 
 
+4 # Patriot 2014-10-03 00:51
Whether you see the slightest difference between candidates, PLEASE go to the polls on election day and cast a ballot. Election day is the one day every two years when WE govern. If we pass up that day, our chance to express our opinions, what we do the other 729 days doesn't much matter.

If you don't want to elect any of the candidates, neverthe less, go to the polls, sign the voters' register, and cast a ballot. On the machines my state uses, that means just pressing the green VOTE button.

You will keep your registration current when you sign the register, so you can help prevent giving anyone an excuse to purge your name from the rolls of registered voters.

Your blank ballot will say quite efectively, "A pox on all your houses! I won't trust my government to any of you. That many of us hold that opinion might come as quite a shock to politicians of many persuasions, and particularly to Democrats and Republicans (in alphabetical order).

If enough of us do that often enough, the difference between the total number of votes for all candidates and the total number of signatures in the register will start to draw comment.

We need a NONE OF THE ABOVE box we can check--and that's how we can start a conversation about putting such a box on the ballots!
 
 
+2 # gotcha 2014-10-03 14:16
Been saying these very things to as many people as possible for the past 15 years. How does one open the brains of those who REFUSE to accept the truth, REFUSE to SEE what is happening right in front of their eyes, close their ears to listening to the truth??? Yet, we must continue to make every single effort we all can to get people to vote. This is AMERICA folks, no matter how crazy life seems right now, we are STILL part of the greatest country on earth. VOTE damn it, GO VOTE!!!
 
 
+1 # bckrd1 2014-10-03 15:43
The Citi Group Plutocracy Memo says the only real power the 99% have at their disposal to thwart the 1% is to vote for YOUR best interests.
 
 
-4 # Walter J Smith 2014-10-04 17:16
A vote for Democrats is a vote for Wall Street.

A vote for Republicans is a vote for Wall Street.

Everything else they do is a side show with token bits of falshy show for the weak-spirited followers of each party.

And there are lots of the weak spirited who do vote.

I wish those weak spirited would exercise their minds and spirits so they are not so weak politically that they just follow whomever plays to their most superficial whims.

Consequently, Wall Street wins no matter who we vote for. And neither of those two parties take any thoughtful citizens seriously. If anything, thoughtful citizens make their easy path to horrendous wealth a little more risky.
 
 
-5 # RMDC 2014-10-04 19:38
I guess I have just become too cynical about the possibility of elections in the US. Emma Goldman said when the Suffrajets were arguing for the women's right to vote, "if voting could change anything, it would be illegal." The ruling elites know that Emma Goldman was right. They know elections and voting are just entertaining distractions for the masses -- another opiate for the masses.

There just isn't enough difference between reps and dems. Obama is 90% the same as Bush. Really the main difference between Obama and Bush is that Obama has a better sun tan.

My recommendation would be for no one to vote. Of course, some knee jerk reps and dems would always vote. But if there were only 10 or 15% of the population voting no one could say the government in Washington had any legitimacy or any mandate from the American people. they would simply rule because they have the police, homeland security. The Washington regime would be exactly what we know it is -- a military dictatorship.

Fuck voting. It is for suckers. It is the opiate of the masses. (actually I like real opium a lot better. I would vote for that.)
 

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