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by Terri

Why will so many people vote on Election Day when they know they will not get what they really want?

9:52 am in Uncategorized by Terri

Einstein’s Theory of Relative Insanity Einstein said it best: “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Yet, with the truth of Einstein’s quote widely acknowledged and taken for granted, how is it that entire societies keep doing the same thing over and over again but expect different results?

 

On issue after issue – economy, foreign policy, defense, environment, education, etc, – the manner in which governments address them continues to provide proof for Einstein’s Theory of Relative Insanity.

 

Another proof is to be found in the US presidential election.

 

The electorate will vote for a representative of one of the two political parties. An analysis of what these parties have accomplished during their

respective reigns reveals an unbroken track record of failure … failure ranging from the catastrophic to the abject. Thus, to vote for either presidential candidate and to expect something other than failure is, by definition, insanity.

 

Why will so many people vote on Election Day when they know they will not get what they really want?

 

Not only will they settle for less, many openly acknowledge that they will be voting for the “lesser of two evils.” How can people justify voting for an evil and actually believe that any good can come of it? Lesser or greater, evil is evil. Yet, not only do they justify it, they will argue that their evil candidate is better than your evil candidate and become furious when you don’t see it their way.

In America, it is an article of faith (drummed into our heads since childhood) that voting is a privilege and a duty and if you don’t vote you get what you deserve. Personally, I deserve better than a lesser of two evils and will not demean myself by voting for one.

Nor do I consider it a dereliction of duty. Just the opposite. It is by not voting that I register my vote of “No Confidence.”

Not voting is not necessarily a sign of apathy, it’s a positive statement in repudiation of a failed and corrupt system. Only when enough people vote “No

Confidence” can the system change. To perpetuate the same system and expect different results is insanity.

 

A Plague on Both Your Parties Whenever I recommend not voting as anact of protest, I receive a spate of emails attacking me for my unwillingness to

participate in the insanity. I do not regard the choice between the “lesser of two evils” as democracy in any sense of the word.

 

Thus my 2012 Presidential Campaign slogan: “Stay Home. Don’t Vote.” If less than 40 percent of the electorate turns out, the numbers will prove how

disgusted the citizenry is with both parties and demands for substantive change and true democracy will become impossible to ignore.

SOURCE: http://www.trendsresearch.com/reports/Autumn12TrendsJournalPreview.pdf

Gerald Celente, Publisher “The Trends Journal”

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by Terri

Election Boycott Featured In Boston Occupier: “What if they held an election and nobody came?”

2:13 pm in Uncategorized by Terri

An interview with Election Boycott Activists Mark E. Smith and Terri Lee of the Boycott Election 2012 campaign.

This interview was conducted in September and October 2012, via email, by Joe Ramsey. The responses below were co-authored by Terri Lee and Mark E. Smith.

Joe Ramsey: Do you think that it’s correct to describe the U.S. as a “democracy” in 2012? How so or how not?

The definition of a democracy is a form of government where supreme power is vested in the hands of the people. In such a government, the final say on everything, including fiscal and foreign policy issues would be up to the people to decide by a direct vote.

Obviously we don’t have that kind of government, in fact both the Bush and Obama administrations were explicitly clear that they would not allow public opinion to influence policy decisions, so rather than having the final say, as we would if we the people had supreme power over government, we have no say at all. A republic is also a democratic form of government, but in a republic the people exercise their supreme power over government through their elected representatives rather than directly. But in order to exercise power over our elected representatives, we’d have to be able to hold them accountable and we can’t.

The best we can do is ask them to hold themselves accountable, and they don’t seem to want to do that–in fact they tend to grant themselves immunity and/or pardon themselves even for flagrant Constitutional violations and war crimes.

JR: What exactly are you calling for? And what’s your motive for doing so?

We’re calling for a boycott of the 2012 election. The reason for this is that only a major party candidate has any chance of winning, and both major parties are dependent upon big corporations to fund their election campaigns, so both would represent Wall Street rather than Main Street. We already know that however people vote, the election will result in more trillions spent on foreign wars while domestic needs go unmet, and more bailouts for banks that deserved to fail due to their irresponsible investment schemes. When you know the results of an election beforehand, it isn’t really an election and doesn’t deserve the consent of the governed.

JR: Why do you believe that people should boycott the Presidential election?

There are many reasons. Back in Bush v. Gore 2000, the Supreme Court said that there is no Constitutional requirement that the popular vote be counted. If they don’t have to count the votes, we don’t have to cast them. Most voters don’t think that our government has been doing a good job. Retaining or even promoting employees who don’t do their job is a sure way to lose your business, unless, of course, you have a corrupt government to bail you out. Our government only bails out the rich, so only the 1% should vote for it.

JR: What has been the response to this boycott call so far?

The response has been mixed! Some naturally gravitated to the Election boycott as they had already been quietly boycotting presidential elections for years. Others are attached to elections and hold on to the illusion that it has something to offer. For others still, there was lack of clarity about the Election Boycott.

Our first task was to clear up some misunderstanding about the 2012 Election Boycott.

Some think that the Call to Boycott 2012 is a ‘call for apathy’ and ask “How can you make a difference by not participating?” They view the boycott as lazy and irresponsible ‘inaction’ and view voting as ‘participatory’. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Those ideas are completely reversed: The Election Boycott is a call for Direct Action and requires much more effort, coordination and effort than the simple “two minutes it takes to pull the lever” (Howard Zinn) required to vote.

Some say: “Boycott the Two Parties!” or “Boycott the Corporate Candidates!”. This, of course, is code for ‘vote third party’ which is what the left has been accustomed to doing year after year with no results to show for it. The alternative party presidential candidates and the voter both know — in advance and with absolute certainty — that third party candidates have absolutely no chance whatsoever of sitting in the Oval Office. Ever. And yet the left circles around them agonizing as to which non-viable third party candidate to choose from.

JR: Who else is involved in the campaign?

Mark and I are working closely with Boycott author and speaker, Linh Dinh as well as the blog owner of Proletarian Center for Research, Education and Culture

The Proletarian Center has officially endorsed the Boycott 2012 campaign.

Author, syndicated columnist, cartoonist and Election Boycotter Ted Rall has provided several ‘boycott cartoons’ for the Election Boycott campaign.

Mark and I have been the radio guests of Bob Carson of Carson’s Corner, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Radio, and Dave Fletcher’s Public Reality Radio Show.

A great audio for Election Boycott Skeptics can be found here: The Election Boycott show on Bob Carson’s radio program, “Carson’s Corner”.

JR: What would it mean to succeed in a campaign like this? What do you think that this campaign can accomplish? What has it accomplished so far?

Success would be a clear demonstration by means of a historically low turnout, indicating that most people do not feel this government represents them.

JR: Is the goal to delegitimize the existing so-called “democratic” system? What kind of change would you like to see in our current political situation?

People often say that others fought and died for our right to vote.

That’s not exactly correct. What people fought and died for was a voice in government. What we’d like to see is a democratic form of government where power was vested in the hands of the people.

Uncounted, mostly unverifiable votes, for candidates who don’t let public opinion influence their policy decisions and who can’t be held accountable while in office (which is the only time they’re supposed to represent their constituents), are not a voice in government.

JR: Do you conceive of your efforts as an attempt at pressuring for reform, or more as laying the basis for a more revolutionary movement? Do you think that the US political system can be reformed, or will it have to be overthrown? How can a boycott of elections contribute to a more radical political shift?

The boycott is a revolutionary rather than a reformist movement. We don’t want government to grant a few privileges here and there–a more benign tyranny so to speak–we want government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

JR: Is it simply the limited offerings or bad policies of the two major parties that you object to, or is it something deeper that is at issue here? What do you see as the fundamental nature of the problem we face?

The problem we face is that no matter who is in power, the US is only has two major growth industries, the military-industrial complex and the prison industrial complex–killing people and caging people.

Derivatives and other fraudulent fiscal schemes always crash, so we need a sustainable economy that isn’t based on killing people or caging people but on making the world a better place for people to live in. If we can get to the moon and send a surveyor to Mars, I think we could manage something that easy. Other countries have and we’re not really less intelligent or less competent.

JR: According to recent polls, very significant numbers of Americans are not planning to vote in the upcoming election. This includes an even greater percentage of young voters. Why is that?

When you have lackluster candidates and nothing to gain from voting, it makes sense not to vote. Even without the election boycott movement

2012 is likely be a historically low turnout for a presidential election. We certainly don’t need more parties–I think that what young people are saying is that the party’s over and that they’d like to go to work so that they can have a decent life.

JR: Do you see the Democrats as “the lesser evil”? How so or how not?

Let’s say you have the Devil himself, Satan, running for President on the Republican ticket. The Democrats nominate a little demon from Hell, who is obviously a much lesser evil than Satan. Unless you look a little closer and understand that the demon takes his orders from his boss, who happens to be Satan. So there is no lesser evil. When corporations spend billions of dollars funding the election campaigns of both major parties, they consider it an investment and they know they’ll get trillions back in government contracts and bailouts no matter who wins. Corporations aren’t exactly known for their philanthropy, they have a bottom line to consider and a fiduciary duty to their shareholders.

Why would they spend billions of dollars funding the campaigns of candidates who will only have about a $400k salary once in office?

With Citizens United, they can spend as much as they want. But supposing they spent billions of dollars getting out the vote for the major parties and nobody voted–do you think their boards of directors would let them do it again?

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The Official Website of the Call to Boycott the 2012 Election: www.electionboycott2012.org

Mark E. Smith’s blog, Fubar and Grill

Mark’s blog post “You’ve Got to Stop Voting!” has escalated from 1,000 views to over 15,000+ hits over the past month! and his most recent blog, “Jill Stein: Lesser Evil” is quite provocative!

by Terri

Election Boycott Skype Chat – October 18 – 8pm EST

6:08 pm in Uncategorized by Terri

ELECTION BOYCOTT 2012 EVENT!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18   8PM – 9:30 PM EST
“REAL TIME SKYPE CHAT WITH ELECTION BOYCOTT ACTIVISTS MARK SMITH, LINH DINH, AND JOSEPH WATERS”
Featuring: *Mark Smith – Full-time Election Boycott Activist http://fubarandgrill.org/
*Linh Dinh – Writer, Speaker, Election Boycotter http://wwwwsonneteighteencom.blogspot.com/ *Joseph Waters – Blog ower of the Proletarian Center for Research, Education and Culture, official endorser of The Call to Boycott the 2012 Elections http://prolecenter.wordpress.com/author/prolecenter/

DIRECTIONS: LOG ON TO SKYPE AT www.skype.com   Then search for “Terri Lee” to participate in the ELECTION BOYCOTT SKYPE CHAT!

by Terri

Jill Stein: Lesser Evil – by Mark E. Smith, Full-Time Election Boycott Activist

9:50 am in Uncategorized by Terri

Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for President of the United Capitalist Imperialist States in 2012, and she certainly appears to be the much lesser evil. Of course Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, know that they can’t win, but their goal is to get on the corporate ballot in as many states as possible and get enough votes to qualify for corporate matching funds. Stein doesn’t want to win the election, and probably wouldn’t be running if she thought that there was any possibility that she’d win. For a Green to become President of the United Corporate Empire would be suicide for both the candidate and the Green Party.

The Green Party is anti-war. A Green Commander-in-Chief would have to make at least a pretense of attempting to stop some of the wars. But that would incur the wrath of every member of Congress, as they all have military bases and defense contractors that provide jobs in their districts, and most are also heavily invested in defense stocks. It would incur the wrath of the Pentagon, the CIA, and every defense contractor in the country. It would incur the wrath of our foreign allies who count on the US to support their dictatorships (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia) or help keep their people suppressed by constantly training terrorists, sending death squads all over the world, and staging false flag operations to keep everyone in a state of fear. Hundreds of countries rely on the US for military aid and derive income for their oligarchies by allowing US military bases on their soil. Stein could posture and gesture about peace, but any effective action would result in her assassination and she knows it. Of course she could compromise her principles and that of her party in order to stay alive and pretend to stay in power, but she couldn’t end the wars. Not that she cares about Green Party principles. One of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party is decentralized government, so it is hypocritical for Greens to run candidates for election in a centralized government.

But in seeking to get on the ballot and get enough votes to qualify for federal matching funds, Stein is helping the big corporations, banks, and defense contractors in their multi-billion dollar campaign to get out the vote for continued corporate rule. The turnout in 2012 will be extremely important. Many people have predicted that it will be a historically low turnout for a US presidential race, due to the fact that the major party candidates are widely disliked, even within their own parties, and there is no possibility of hope or change. Still, whoever is alleged to have been elected will claim their mandate, the consent of the governed, from the entire turnout, not just from their own voters. Every vote for a third party candidate like Stein is the consent of the voter to be governed by the system in power right now, under whoever is alleged to have won the election.

I say alleged because we know for a fact that millions of votes go uncounted in every US presidential election, and that there is no way to verify the results, even if the Supreme Court allows the popular vote to be counted by easily hacked and totally unverifiable central tabulators, most of which this year will be owned by a private corporation in Spain. But people who believe in the system are willing to take the announced results on faith. It doesn’t really matter to them who wins, as long as the capitalist imperialist system continues in power.

So this year it isn’t Democrats or Republicans who are most viciously attacking the Election Boycott Movement, it is Green Party supporters of Jill Stein. If people don’t vote, how will they get their corporate federal matching funds? That’s a lot of money–about forty times what they spend getting out the vote. So what if the drone bombing continues? Greens want that money and they’re not going to let a little genocide stand in their way.

This year, say the Greens, you don’t have to vote for one of the two major evil Party candidates, you can vote for a true lesser evil, somebody who doesn’t intend to win and is in it only for the money–a reluctant imperialist, but a true capitalist.

And those of us in the Election Boycott Movement who don’t intend to vote, who will not grant our consent to the capitalist imperialist system, are now the enemy of the Green Party Get Out The Vote campaign. Sure, they know they’re getting out the vote for capitalist imperialism, for corporate rule, and to show public support for and consent to the system and the corporate party winner, but they have a goal and they’re single-mindedly pursuing it. They want to seek power within the system, by growing their party, and they want to qualify for corporate federal matching funds. They don’t care that the system is a bureaucracy that cannot be changed from within–they seek power and they want to be part of the system anyway. They don’t care that in countries with proportional representation where Greens have gained political power, it has invariably corrupted them. They don’t care about anything except the money.

Capitalism’s lesser evil is still nothing more than a lover of the root of all evil.

Boycott 2012!

ORIGINAL: http://fubarandgrill.org/node/1456

by Terri

Election Boycotts Are Popular Worldwide — And Now in the US, too!

11:35 pm in Uncategorized by Terri

INTRO BY ELECTION DISSENTER TED RALL:

 

“Voter boycotts have a long and honorable tradition in other countries. Don’t believe the hype—they really care if we don’t vote. Why do you think tyrants like Saddam held regular elections? They were the only candidate on the ballot, but th ey craved electoral legitimacy. Same thing here. Imagine if only 5% of Americans voted. It would send the message that we disapprove of our government. If only 5% voted, 9/11 might never have happened because Al Qaeda could never have argued that we agreed with US foreign policy. The UN would view us for what we are, the oppressed citizens of an authoritarian police state. Most importantly, it would create the space for a new political movement—space currently being taken up by the duopoly.

Let them bomb innocent Pakistanis without my endorsement.”

IN PALESTINE

“Palestinians should refuse to participate in elections while public freedoms are suppressed, former minister and detainee Wasfi Qabha said Tuesday.” http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=513626

 

 

 

IN EGYPT

“Some activists boycotted the election, calling it illegitimate or claiming that the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) would rig it in favour of Mr Shafiq.”  http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/low-voter-turnout-showed-egyptians-mixed-emotions

 

 

 

IN BELARUS

“One off-limit subject is the call for an election boycott. RWB says: “Those who mention the boycott, such as opposition groups on social networks, are immediately sanctioned.”  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/sep/04/journalist-safety-belarus

 

 

IN ASIA

“The Democratic United Party pushed ahead with its second primary vote in the southeastern city of Ulsan on Sunday despite the boycott of the election by three of the four contenders.”

http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=135878&code=Ne2&category=2

 

 

 

IN JORDAN

“The Islamic Action Front political party in Jordan has denied that it has pledged to review its position on an election boycott.”

http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/4289-jordanian-islamic-movement-denies-promising-to-annul-election-boycott-decision

 

 

IN AFRICA

“Namibia: NDP Threatens to Boycott Sibbinda Election”

http://allafrica.com/stories/201208311082.html

 

IN LIBYA

“Libyan Tabu tribe threatens election boycott.”

http://news.yahoo.com/libyan-tabu-tribe-threatens-election-boycott-161916642.html

 

IN MOROCCO

“Morocco: Stop Harassing Election Boycott Advocates”

http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/11/23/morocco-stop-harassing-election-boycott-advocates

 

And now in the US, too!

 

www.electionboycott2012.org

 

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