Why I won’t vote (and you shouldn’t either)
I am not categorizable within the current popular discourse about politics. I am not a Democrat or Republican. I am not a conservative or a liberal or a progressive.
Being Wrong for the Right Reasons
The reason I am finished with this kind of probative voting is that by now all who can be convinced probably are convinced; and all who treasure the delusion of American democracy more than the evidence of their senses will continue to cling to those delusions until they die. Now, I want to convince those disillusioned with Obama to consider a deeper problem than Obama’s personal moral failures, which accompanied his naked ambition far in advance of his announcement for presidential candidacy. I want to convince as many people as possible to quit voting altogether.
The problem is that people have lost any capacity to imagine any method but elections, laws and policies to deal with each other, putting us all on a permanently antagonistic footing.We live now with dishonest politics, disinformed and disinforming media, disconnected cultures, disjointed economics, dysfunctional communities and disrespected citizens. To attempt to repair such conditions without a morally conscious politics makes as much sense as trying to revive a body without a heart.
— Sam Smith
A morally conscious politics, to me, is neither utilitarian nor rule-based. The ends do not justify the means; and everything we do doesn’t need to be regulated by simplistic, one-size-fits-all rules, that are administered by brainless bureaucracies.
The utilitarian trap is what we are in now, where we let charlatans continue to co-opt us into the gamesmanship of elections where we are forced to choose between two amoral, ambitious satraps for the rich into perpetuity. It is a sham; and participating in a sham helps perpetuate it. Never forget that Hitler was elected.
Right now, the Obama administration – as reactionary in every sense as the Bush administration – is depending on the most disgruntled of its supporters having no choice in the next election. The power they hold over us is fear. Fear of Republicans, but we just survived eight years of them; and when we changed parties, those same policies remained.
Don’t give them the power. Walk through your fear. Refuse to vote. If those of us they count on shatter the Democrats, then the Ron Paul wing of the Republicans will feel empowered to do the same to the Republicans.
Refuse to be a part of the fraud that are US elections.