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Mr. President, I Want A “Divorce.”

By Jill Dalton

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I’m not sure when I first became aware of the term sociopath.  I feel like I’ve always known about it but never really knew what the term meant.  A couple of years ago I got curious and checked out The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout, PhD., from my local library.  In the book, Dr. Stout writes a list of the traits of a sociopath with the statement, “Chances are good you’re a sociopath if you possess three out of seven.”

 

 

  1. failure to conform to social norms
  2. 2.  deceitfulness, manipulativeness
  3. impulsivity, failure to plan ahead
  4. irritability, aggressiveness
  5. reckless disregard for the safety of self or others
  6. consistent irresponsibility
  7. lack of remorse after having hurt, mistreated or stolen from another person. 

This list got me to wondering if I knew any sociopaths and it brought me to my own backdoor.  My ex was extremely handsome and charming and could manipulate anyone, including me, to get what he wanted.  I’d long suspected something was off, but being the good girl and dutiful wife, I put him through law school, against my better judgment, only to be ditched, after seventeen years of marriage, as soon as he passed the bar exam.  Turns out he has three of the seven traits of a sociopath.

 Now, I realize I’m not the first woman to be dumped after putting a man through law or medical school.  But it was the way he handled it that shook me to my core.  I won’t bore you with the gory details.  Let’s suffice it to say he’d always had a coldness about him, a lack of empathy, and a strong sense of entitlement.  And then there was the charm.  According to Dr. Stout:

One of the most frequently observed of these traits is a glib and superficial charm that allows the true sociopath to seduce other people, figuratively or literally—a kind of glow or charisma that initially can make the sociopath seem more charming or more interesting than most of the normal people around him. 

Before reading Dr. Stout’s book I’d always thought of a sociopath as someone like Charlie Manson or John Wayne Gacy or a ruthless madman like Hitler, Saddam Hussein, or Idi Amin.  But it turns out there are many gradations of this antisocial personality disorder, beginning at the low end of the spectrum with narcissism.

I guess I ought to be grateful.  At least I didn’t put Ted Bundy through law school.  Once I made the realization regarding my ex, I began to look deeper into this disorder and what I learned is far more disturbing. 

According to Stout one in twenty-five people are sociopaths.  That’s 4% of the population.  Donald W. Black, MD, author of Bad Boys Bad Men, estimates 3-4 1/2% of the population may meet the criteria for this disorder.  We’re talking about one quarter of a billion people on the planet and at least eight and possibly as many as twelve million in the U.S. alone.   That’s a lot of people.  Most of us are not aware such a large number of them walk, live, and work among us.  Turns out they’re everywhere.  Some are in prison, some can’t hold jobs, but many of them are in high places in our society, from CEOs of large corporations to high positions in our government and the military.

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When I read the following statement in Dr. Stout’s book a chill ran down my spine:

 If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and have a special talent for whipping up other people’s hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting.  With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction.  In fact, terrorism (done from a distance) is the ideal occupation for a person possessed of blood lust and no conscience, because if you do it just right, you may be able to make a whole nation jump.  And if that is not power, what is?

The first image that came to mind was George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of their Murder, Inc. cohorts, conspiring and starting illegal wars based on lies, and with the help of the media banging the drums for war until, finally, the American people cried for revenge, even though Iraq and Saddam Hussein had no connection to 9/11.  Amazing how well their little shell game worked.  Seems people are easily manipulated especially when fear is applied.

But the Bush administration is no longer in charge.  We now have a kinder gentler face of empire.  The velvet glove with the silver tongued president.  Obama came into office promising hope and change and transparency.  He promised to fight the “good” war.  But now five years later he’s expanded the wars.  And according to Jeremy Scahill’s film, “Dirty Wars,” we’re entangled in illegal covert actions across the globe.

We’ve learned Obama enjoys holding his “Terror Tuesdays,” where he decides who will live or die, and without due process.  He is prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner, all in one. And then there’s his fascination with drone warfare, and using the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as his own private military unit.  According to Scahill, JSOC is currently in one hundred countries where they engage in covert actions and drone strikes, become attached to local forces to hunt individuals, run night raids and who knows what else.  There’s also a program called Find, Fix and Finish where they target, fix their pattern, and finish them off.  Obama is deeply involved in the third F, or Finish.

Here we have a commander-in-chief who has never served in the armed forces, never served his country on the battlefield, but yet is filled with blood lust.  He has a private “kill list” and has ordered the assassination of four American citizens (that we know of) without due process.  In fact, after ordering the assassination of the American cleric Anwar Awlaki, he then ordered the assassination of his 15-year-old son who hadn’t seen his father in years, Obama ordered him killed for who he might become.  This makes the Thought Police from Orwell’s 1984 look like good Samaritans.

Stout asks, “Why do we allow leaders who are motivated by self-interest, or by their own psychological issues from the past, to fan bitterness and political crisis into armed confrontation and war?”

Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report refers to Obama as the “more effective evil.”  I have to agree with that assessment.  Obama has neutered the anti-war movement, the faux liberals, and the African American community.  If a Republican president were doing these things there’d be a huge outcry, but now there’s barely a whimper from anyone.  Obama has managed to make this form of murder acceptable and assassination without evidence normal.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want innocent civilians murdered in my name nor do I wish to live in a surveillance police state.  And now thanks to Edward Snowden, the jig is up and Obama’s been caught with his proverbial pants down, so to speak, and he’s trying to Gaslight the American people.  We ought to be discussing these draconian unconstitutional practices not obsessing over where Snowden is.

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After 9/11 Congress gave the government a blank check, and thus began the surveillance state.  Now 70% of this mass spying is privatized, with little or no government oversight.  They’ve built huge computers in Utah to house all the data.  Several whistleblowers have come forward to report the abuse, which included a spying program called Trailblazer that used $6 billion in taxpayer money and was a total bust.

Top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian illustrate what the Fisa court actually does – and does not do – when purporting to engage in “oversight” over the NSA’s domestic spying. That process lacks many of the safeguards that Obama, the House GOP, and various media defenders of the NSA are trying to lead the public to believe exist. 

No individualized warrants required under 2008 Fisa law.

Glenn Greenwald, “Fisa court oversight: a look inside a secret and empty process.  Obama and other NSA defenders insist there are robust limitations on surveillance but the documents show otherwise.”

And woe be unto the person who dares to stand up to the lies, hypocrisy, abuse, waste, and illegal activity of our government or the military industrial complex.  Obama has prosecuted twice as many whistleblowers under the 1917 Espionage Act as all other presidents combined.  Just take a look at what happens to those who have the courage to speak truth to power.  Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, Michael Hastings, Abdulelah Haider Shaye, to name a few, are under attack, on the run, in prison, or dead.

And what about the unbridled assault on our civil liberties?  Obama, made it legal to use the U.S. military on its own citizens, signed the NDAA into law, and now any American can be tossed into a gulag, indefinitely, without due process.

Look, it ain’t easy but I finally cut my losses and divorced my narcissist of a husband and it’s time for the American people to “divorce” Obama.  I know we all love our bad boys, but how much longer will we allow his lying, hypocrisy, mass murder, assassinations of U.S. citizens, and siphoning off our civil liberties, all in the name of protecting us from the “boogieman?”  Seems to me the real enemy is sitting in the Oval office playing God, and needs to be stopped.

Like any addiction, it will be painful at first, but believe me; once the fog clears we’ll feel a whole lot better.  You’ll thank yourself or me for this intervention.  And our children and grand children will thank us and the world will breathe a collective sigh of relief.

But first we must stop with the excuses.  I made excuses for my sociopath of a husband–as well as Obama for the first couple of years he was in office–but after awhile I had to face the facts: if I didn’t get out of the relationship I was going down.  And guess what?  We’re all going down if we don’t do something, and fast.  These guys have no conscience and no empathy and that’s what makes them so dangerous.  Their narcissism only keeps them focused on what’s good for them!

It appears our society not only reveres these sociopaths, we actually celebrate and look up to them and this sick form of hero worship is killing us.  Seems we’ve undergone a sort of mass hypnosis.  Or have Americans just turned into zombies or the walking dead?  I ask you, is this any way to live? 

“We’re seeing an unprecedented epidemic of depression in our society,” says Dr. Andrew Weil.  “More people are being diagnosed with depression than ever, including millions of children.  The latest statistics I’ve seen are that more than one in ten Americans is on prescribed antidepressant medication.”  

By the way, the best antidote for depression is action, but are we so brainwashed and lazy we can no longer think for ourselves?  Are we just boiling frogs?  Will we, like the Germans after WWII, feign, “I didn’t know.”

I also realize Obama’s not really in charge.  He’s merely following orders from his corporate puppet masters, Wall Street, and the military industrial complex.  I also know there’s no two party system; there’s only one party and that’s the corporate party that serves the corporations, the “too big to jail” banks, Wall Street, and the MIC.  So you see, we’re screwed unless we act and act soon.  The noose is tightening.  The time is nigh.  The circumstances are dire.  If not now, then when? 

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind.    George Orwell

Here’s a short (37 minutes) but informative video, Defense Against the Psychopath, on how to spot and deal with psychopaths.

My companion blog, Is Obama the Trojan Horse, a Psychopath, a Bad Boyfriend or all Three?was published on January 6, 2012.

And now a shameless plug.  My eBook, Is It Fascism Yet? is available on Amazon.

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Does Voting Matter?

by Jill Dalton Revised:  October 20, 2014

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I remember sitting in the large impersonal lecture hall in my American History 101 class feeling a bit forlorn and overwhelmed.  I’m a freshman at the University of South Carolina.  It’s 1968, the Vietnam War is raging, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King have been assassinated, riots erupted in several U.S. cities, the antiwar movement, woman’s movement and civil rights movement are in full swing, my father’s currently serving in Military Intelligence, Saigon and my mom’s hospitalized after suffering 3rd degree burns because she’s having a nervous breakdown trying to deal with my father being at war leaving her responsible for raising 4 kids ranging in ages from 5 and 18.  I feel like I’m hanging on by my fingernails.

The professor asks, “What is democracy?”  I’m wondering the answer to that question myself.  Student’s hands shoot up as one by one they proclaim, “Freedom of speech.”  “Freedom of religion.”  “Freedom of the press.”  “Freedom to peacefully assemble.”  Freedom to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  “Freedom from illegal search and seizures.”  And the list goes on and each time our professor nods, “Yes, and what else?” After our ideas are exhausted the professor responds, “Democracy means one man one vote.  Period.  This is the only power you have.  If you don’t wield that power at the ballot box then you have no power.”  His statement made a huge impression on me.  Until then I was so apathetic about what was going on in our country I’d decided to ignore the entire rotten system but his words changed my mind.

RiseUpMankind My voting record

I became a registered Democrat.  And every four years I’d march myself to my voting place and “wield my power.”  Granted, I don’t have a very good success rate at the poles but I voted anyway.  1968 gave us a choice between Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace, the racist governor from Alabama.  I was a Robert Kennedy supporter so I pulled the lever for Humphrey and we all know how that turned out.

1972 gave us Richard Nixon and Gov. George McGovern.  McGovern ran on ending the war in Vietnam, amnesty for war resisters, abolition of the draft, a guaranteed job for every American, lifting people out of poverty, women’s rights, gay rights and saving the environment—no wonder he lost by one of the largest margins in U.S. history winning only Massachusetts and D.C.  What a different world we might have had if he’d won. 

Today we’re facing many of these same issues.  Nothing has changed in fact things have gotten much worse. I’ve never understood and never will understand why the majority of Americans prefer liars, crooks, thieves and warmongering politicians to honest, compassionate, peace loving statesmen.  And because they do we find ourselves in a dying empire rife with corruption and inequality collapsing from the weight of its own hubris.

1976.  Jimmy Carter, a soft-spoken, kindhearted peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia ran against Gerald Ford, who served 25 years in the Senate and became president after Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon resignation on August 9, 1974.  Finally, my candidate wins but because of the Iran hostage situation he loses in 1980 to Ronald Reagan.

I never liked Reagan.  He was a second rate actor and a third rate president.  I’d sit and watch him lie to the American people as he pushed the corporate agenda, killed the air traffic controllers union, which signaled to workers you have no power here and promoted his “trickle down economics,” which even George H.W. Bush referred to as, “voodoo economics.”

1984.  Walter Mondale loses to Reagan.

1988.  Michael Dukakis loses to George H.W. Bush.

1992.  Bill Clinton, defeats George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot.

1996. Bill Clinton wins a second term defeating Bob Doyle and Ross Perot but then the unthinkable happens.  Bill Clinton becomes embroiled with a White House Intern and trying to save himself claims “he did not have sexual relations with that woman” and depending on “what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is” was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice as Hillary proclaims there’s a mass right wing conspiracy under foot.  And although unemployment’s at 4.8%, the lowest in 8 years and he claims to leave us with a huge surplus, he finishes out his term in disgrace.

In retrospect we now know Clinton killed the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, which was put into place after the great depression to make sure we were protected from the banks ever collapsing the economy again, dismantled welfare which mainly hurt poor hungry children, and touted NAFTA as a huge job creator, which we now know sent American jobs overseas.

2000.  George W. Bush versus Al Gore turns out to be a huge fiasco.  Between the hanging chads in Florida, and being aided and abetted by the then Gov. Jeb Bush, the little brother to G.W. Bush, and then Secretary of State of Florida, Katherine Harris.  People are purposely excluded from the voting rolls and hundreds are turned away at the polls.  And then the final nail in the coffin, the Supreme Court stops the recount and calls the election for George W. Bush even though Al Gore won the popular vote. This was a coup. 

The 2000 election was stolen, plain and simple.  If this had happened in another country Americans would be up in arms crying fowl.  I kept waiting for people to rise up and revolt, but nothing much happened.  Instead everyone blamed Green candidate Ralph Nader, including myself at the time, believing he’d stolen votes from Gore and caused him to lose.  This hypothesis has since been disproved.

George W. Bush’s record

With George W. Bush in office the neocons take control of the White House, and all hell breaks loose.  September 11th marks a very dark day in our history.  The Bush Administration starts two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, by lying to the American people resulting in 4,000 U.S. troops dead and estimates of civilian deaths range from 88,000 to over half a million and then under the guise of protecting us from, “they hate us for our freedoms,” terrorist, the Bush administration immediately gets to work dismantling our Constitution, promoting fear and stripping us of our civil liberties by: Passing the Patriot Act.

Opening Gitmo. (Guantanamo Bay detention camp)

Authorizing the wiretapping and reading of e-mails of U.S. citizens. Promoting the preemptive war, Bush Doctrine.

Abu Ghraib photos are leaked.  Torture becomes the new normal.

Signs tax cuts for the rich and large corporations.

FCC pushes for more media consolidation allowing one company to own newspapers, TV and radio stations in one city.

Bush ignores victims of Hurricane Katrina and hundreds perish.

2004.  Bush, who avoided the Vietnam war, beats John Kerry by spreading lies about Kerry’s war record, and also by stealing Ohio.   According to a report titled “What Really Happened,” 

“IN mid-August [2003], Walden W. O’Dell, the chief executive of Diebold Inc., sat down at his computer to compose a letter inviting 100 wealthy and politically inclined friends to a Republican Party fund-raiser, to be held at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. ”I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year,” wrote Mr. O’Dell, whose company is based in Canton, Ohio.”

By 2008 even many avid Bush supporters can no longer support the lies and corruption from this administration and Barack Obama emerges victorious.  A dark horse who’s not been properly vetted but gave a rousing keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, wrote a compelling book, “Dreams From My Father,” and is an eloquent speaker who promises us “change we can believe in.”  And after eight years of pure hell we’re all so desperate to believe we fall for this rhetoric and his big open smile.  He had us all fooled.

Barack Obama’s record

To say I have buyers remorse is an understatement of Herculean proportions.  Where do I begin?  Glen Ford refers to Obama as the “more effective evil,” and I would have to agree with his assessment. Obama not only continues the wars but escalates them claiming Afghanistan is the “good war” and even though it’s bankrupting the country, and we’re losing he continues this insanity.

Promises to get us out of Iraq but instead we build the largest military installation in the world and fill it with 2,500 private contractors.

Starts new wars in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria and now wants to add Iran, China and even Russia to the list.

Obama’s secret ‘kill list.’

Escalates drone attacks.  These illegal killing machines mainly murder innocent women and children and once in a blue moon hit a low level so-called “enemy combatant.”  But not to worry they’ve changed the laws so any male that’s hit who’s of a certain age is labeled an enemy combatant.

Extends the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

Extends the Patriot Act.

Does not prosecute or even question one member of the Bush Administration for their crimes or one of the Wall Street crooks or bankers who caused the global meltdown.  In fact, bank bailouts under Obama have far exceeded Bush to the tune of 16 trillion.

Does not close Gitmo.

Does not put a moratorium on foreclosure nor does he ‘put on his comfortable shoes,’ and march with union workers when collective bargaining is taken away from them in Wisconsin.

Continues and escalates spying on American citizens without warrants via the FISA Amendments Act.

Unemployment continues to rise as thousands are thrown off the roles, and unemployment benefits are not extended.

Prosecutes twice as many whistle-blowers under the Espionage Act of 1917 as all other presidents combined.

Signs HR 347 into law that criminalizes our right to protest.

Signs the NDAA into law.  (Hedges, Chomsky and a few other brave Americans have sued Obama and Leon Panetta)  Under the NDAA American citizens are labeled enemy combatants and can be arrested and held indefinitely without due process.

Passes Obamacare, which forces people to buy inadequate insurance and is a give away to the for profit insurance companies.

Shuts down the Occupy encampments in a coordinated effort between the White House, the DOJ and local police departments, which are now militarized and protect the 1%.

Where are we now?

So now our choice has become a vote between the “lesser of two evils.” The two parties may speak in different tones but they both serve the same corporate masters.  Let’s face it Obama speaks with a forked tongue.  He says one thing yet does another.  I learned a long time ago it’s not what someone says that matters, but what they do.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”  George Orwell

It’s time to wake up and smell the corruption America.  We’ve been deceived again.  Our government is corporately owned and operated. As Chris Hedges tells us again and again “we have undergone a corporate coup d’état in slow motion.”  And ‘we the people’ have lost. Obama is a brand packaged and presented to us for our viewing pleasure, and let’s be honest the corporate powers that be decide who’s installed into office.  The elections are rigged just as our system is rigged.  We have elections so we can pretend we live in a free society.

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”  Emma Goldman

We have a two party duopoly.  A plutocracy: government by the rich for the rich. It’s not about Obama or Bush.  They’re just the front men.  Our system is completely corrupted by corporate forces.  And once Citizens United was enacted making corporations people giving them free speech, and allowing them to dump as much cash as possible without accountability into the electoral system then our republic’s goose was officially cooked. And the mere fact presidential candidates must raise a billion dollars to run is obscene.  That money could be used for things that actually matter. Both political parties have been taken over by corporate money. 

Under Clinton the Democrats realized they couldn’t win without big money, and once you take money from Wall Street, big oil or the insurance companies then you’re beholding to them, and must dole out tax breaks, ensure a for profit health care system, deregulate the banks and Wall Street, exempt the fossil fuel industry from the Clean Air and Water Act, and on it goes.

Our votes no longer matter because our legislators no longer need us.  We’re small potatoes.  There’s a reason why Jamie Dimon, the CEO of the ‘too big to fail’ JP Morgan Chase, sits in front of the House Financial Services Committee, wearing cufflinks with the presidential seal, and is cajoled by members of congress after he somehow misplaces 2 billion dollars.  Oh well, not to worry Jamie we know how easy it is to misplace that kind of money.  I mean look at the billions that disappeared in Iraq.  Tee hee.

Electronic voting machines

And then there’s the mater of the electronic voting machines, where a vote can be switched or lost in the blink of an eye with no paper trail.  Researches found severe flaws with the Diebold voting machines. A Princeton Study revealed,

“[m]alicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little if any risk of detection,” and that the software can be installed on a voting machine in  only a minute by anyone that has physical access.”   Ryan Paul

In August 2003, Walden O’Dell, then the chief executive of Diebold, announced he’d been a top fund-raiser for President George W. Bush and had sent a get-out-the-funds letter to 100 wealthy and politically inclined friends in the Republican Party, to be held at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.

“In December 2005, O’Dell resigned following reports that the company was facing securities fraud litigation surrounding charges of insider trading.”  Wikipedia

In Mark Crispin Miller’s book, “Fooled Again” he calls for electoral reform.

“The pattern—not one overwhelming fraud but thousands of little ones—did not end in 2004.  The same pattern continued in ’06, costing the Democrats a number of seats in the House and Senate, and that is likely to be part of the Republican electoral strategy for ’08 as well.”

Greg Palast claims hacking is the least of our problems.  He states,

“Computers tend to lose more votes and cost five times as much and votes just disappear.  According to the U.S. Elections offices in D.C. 1.4 million votes were lost (spoiled) in the last election. These are billionaires who install politicians who favor them.  “They don’t care who it is they just choose which hand puppet to stick their hand in.”

The Debates

The debates are a joke or as my friend Thomas Baldwin labeled them, “weapons of mass distraction.“  The debates used to matter, but have been strong armed away from the League of Women Voters, a non partisan entity that stood up to the two political parties, wanted third parties to be included, demanded transparency, and made sure the questions were not pre-determined. The debates are now run by a private corporation called the Commission on Presidential Debates.

“…a private corporation, financed primarily by Anheuser-Busch and other major companies, that was created by the Republican and Democratic parties to seize control of the presidential debates from the League of Women Voters in 1987.” George Farah “The Obama and Romney campaigns have secretly negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates.” Democracy Now!

Real issues are not discussed, the audiences are pre-screened along with the questions, 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 pre-screened question is asked.  Nothing of merit is discussed by either political candidate.

In the last presidential election I voted for Jill Stein, the Green Party Candidate, even though I knew she didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning. The system is set up to make sure of that.  Not sure how many people realize this, but Jill Stein and her running mate, activist Cheri Honkala, were arrested 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 our elections don’t matter.  I’ve voted in every election since I was old enough.  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. It’s now impossible to make change within in the system besides all real change has always come from civil disobedience and grass roots movements: Abolitionists, Labor, Suffragettes, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, etc.  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.

Me & Pam @ OWS rally.

Should we boycott elections?

If anyone would’ve told me years ago that one day I’d advocate boycotting elections I’d have thought them insane, but the more I look into this option the more I see it as a way to invalidate our corrupt system and make our legislators illegitimate. The Boycott Elections group is an organization that is picking up steam.  You can read their manifesto here.  At the top of the page is this quote by Ted Aranda, Election Boycott advocate and lifelong activist.

“The entire notion of putting massive resources and effort into building electoral parties to compete in the elite-managed horse-race charades is fatally flawed.  In the final analysis it does not work. We have to do something radically different, and the election boycott is the start of this new, genuinely revolutionary—not reformist—movement.”

A few of it’s members have been appearing regularly every Sunday night (9 – 11 p.m. EST) on the Carson’s Corner Blogtalk Radio Show. To find out more or get involved you can also check out their Facebook page. If I’m completely honest, however, I will most likely vote in the upcoming mid-term election.  Old habits die hard.  I will vote for Howie Hawkins from the Green Party for the governor of New York.  I know he can’t win, but it’s a way for me to show I don’t support either of the two corrupt corporate political parties. 

Come the presidential elections I wish, out of pure disgust for the system, all citizens would refuse to vote.  Not that we should stay home, but instead show up to our respective voting places with signs, and proclaim our refusal to participate in this duopoly that no longer serves ‘we the people,’ and is merely a charade.  Kabuki theatre at it’s finest.   I for one am sick and tired of the deceit and refuse to play their game any longer.  Why collude with the corporate oligarchy?  This is a system of death.  A system based on greed, and propped up by lies, war, distraction and illusions.