Category: Elections

I moved to a new apartment recently and have been going about performing all the annoying tasks one does when setting up a new living space. Moving, buying furniture, assembling said furniture, getting utlities setup, decorating, the list goes one and one it seems. Finally today I decided to update my voter registration. So I went to my states elections website, printed the form, and started filling it out. I got to the point of hunting down a stamp (because who in the world keeps that shit around anymore?) before I stopped myself in my tracks and wondered, “Why am I doing this?” What goal was this activity ultimately fulfilling? Upon receiving a new voter card, it’ll almost certainly be tossed into a filing box and forgotten. Am I fired up to vote, is that it? Well, no.

I might be fired up to vote if I could help get a candidate into office that was anti-war, anti-surveillance state, pro-drug, anti-ignorance, anti-capitalist, or pro-worker. Turn on the news and we’re told about the “clear choice” presented to Americans, about the “fundamental differences” between our two main candidates. But the differences are merely cosmetic. Certainly it’s reasonable to say that decades of racist fear-mongering and a starvation of our education system have awarded Republicans with an increasingly reactionary and ignorant platform, but again most of the issues they are shouting about are distractions (I think I saw Romney pledging not to take “God” off American currency – what the fuck? Is that an issue?).

So it’s fair to say I’m not looking forward to voting, and I don’t plan to. I’m tired of always feeling like I have blood on my hands from the actions of those whom I help elect. I’m tired of caring. So I sat there filling out a form and wasn’t really sure why. Old habits die hard, I guess.

Though it also included a form for becoming an organ donor, so some good came out of it, I suppose.

401(K) 2012 via flickr
401(K) 2012 via flickr

Oh hey there, did you know that big-bad millionaire Romney wont release his tax returns? I’ll bet you have, because it’s one of the only goddamn things I ever see anymore when I confront some source of election information (I get what I deserve, I know). I bet everyone knows that Mittens wont release his voluminous, Game-of-Thrones-length tax returns – and people are upset! It’s really something to get upset about, apparently! At least, that’s what I’m being told by whatever talking face is screaming at me on the television. Cuz like, what if there’s something… bad in there. Like, what if, maybe, it comes cout that Mittens is a multi-millionaire that employs a team of tax experts to exploit every single loophole in our disaster of a tax code to make sure that he pays as little (if anything at all!) as possible to the government? I mean, that would be like… mean, right? Fuckin’ right, that’s what he’s doing and if you’re surprised by that you’re a moron.
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Bingo

A science blog I like to read published a post of interest to me this week showing the bonuses to democracy if our legislators were chosen at random. This is a subject I am very interested in because it is one of the only systems that we could employ in order to ensure that our legislators do not become a carefully groomed breed of absurdly rich, created in order to benefit their peers while the workers of the world suffer a gradual grinding into dust. If we were given a chance to run our own lives, we could make this world a better place; a place made for the betterment of all our sisters and brothers. Not only does this ring true in our hearts when we look at the world the ultra-rich have created for themselves at our expense – but science is showing us that it makes sense as well!
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changsterdam via flickr
changsterdam via flickr

The result, long seen by anyone even casually paying attention, of the Republican primaries has finally revealed. Mitt Romney will, much like John McCain was, be painted as the archetype of out-of-touch wealth. Which he is, and he definitely should be! He absolutely is a man who has made millions of dollars by exploiting both his fellow Americans and a system made to expand the wealth of those who have it. What is unfortunate is that the lesson being taught in this little tutorial in class consciousness for America is that voting for Obama will somehow… defeat Mitt Romney or those like him? I love that Americans are being shown just how completely far removed politicians like McCain and Romney are from the people who actually vote for them, but I hate that they are being fooled into thinking Obama or the Democrats are any different or willing to destroy this inequality.
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Feb 9

You Could Be Our Lucky Winner!

by fwoan | Comments Off
cathyse97 via flickr
cathyse97 via flickr

Our government does not represent us. The politicians may speak endlessly of mandates from the people, or that their elections are messages by the electorate demanding the ever more repressive policies they introduce – but it’s demonstrably false. Voter turnout is always low, and polling nearly always shows that popular opinion is against federal opinion. We have wars that no one wants, drugs policies nobody obeys, ever dwindling services that people want and need. AT this point is it even a surprise that Congressional approval rates are at 5%, with only 1% rating them as “excellent”? Of course the 1% love them. But now, polling shows that people would rather have their representatives chosen at random than the sociopathic millionaires they have today! Sounds awesome, sign me up.
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*eddie via flickr
*eddie via flickr

If this election’s primary season for the Republican nomination hasn’t presented enough evidence to show us the truth of this, then take a look at this article on io9. Turns out, democracies only work when large swathes of uninformed individuals side with a perceived majority. Well no kidding. What else would cause an endless cycle of individuals voting against their every interest, relieving themselves of any ounce of power they might have held, and placing it in the hands of sociopathic millionaires? The fallacy that we are taught, that democracies only work when people are informed, is proven false every 2 years in America yet we go on believing we can make a difference in those booths.
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sokabs via flickr
sokabs via flickr

Fat and happy from a wonderful family gathering over the holiday weekend, I returned to check my Facebook account this morning and was greeted with a liberal friend’s usual in-your-face Obama infatuation. This time, in the form of a supposed George Clooney quote basically putting down anyone who isn’t satisfied with Obama by making the point that Republicans could be made happy voting for him. I have pictured it for you here (click for enlarged indignation):

I’m disillusioned by the people who are disillusioned by Obama, quite honestly, I am. Democrats eat their own. Democrats find singular issues and go, ‘Well, I didn’t get everything I wanted.’ I’m a firm believer in sticking by and sticking up for people whom you’ve elected. If [Obama] was a Republican running, because Republicans are better at this, they’d be selling him as the guy who stopped 400,000 jobs a month from leaving the country. They’d be selling him as the guy who saved the auto-industry. If they had the beliefs, they’d be selling him as the guy who got rid of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ who got Osama bin Laden. You could be selling this as a very successful three years.
-George Clooney

First of all, it’s a pet peeve of mine anytime I hear some fucking celebrity tell me anything about politics, whether I agree with them or not. I don’t need some mega-rich asshole, who pretends for a living, to tell me what my best interests are. However, since I suspect that this election year we will be seeing a lot of attacks on people who are sick of Obama – let’s indulge Mr. Clooney.
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WEBN-TV via flickr
WEBN-TV via flickr

Throughout the Obama presidency, self-styled “progressive” liberals have invested so much of their identity and worth into electing and defending a man who has, in almost every sense, used them to advance an agenda no different from their worst enemy, George W. Bush. For every fundamental policy of the liberals’ once mouthed by Obama and subsequently ignored or destroyed, these people are presented with the option of admitting the error of believing and voting for another rich politician who has spent his or her entire career benefitting from the system exactly the way it is, or finding some way of twisting their logic into accepting another defeat and being proud of it. The banner raised over the heads of the individuals who choose the latter strategy is the eloquent and seemingly inarguable truth of, “Don’t Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good.” The meaning of course is nothing more than a defense of yet another destruction of your trust as its adherents are forced to pledge fealty to another crime committed in their name.
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peoplesworld via flickr
peoplesworld via flickr

When Republican Governor Scott Walker instituted destructive new rules for public unions, public outcry was enormous. I watched the news and saw pictures of thousands of protestors decrying unfair treatment of Wisconsin’s workers. It was obvious the energy was there, so what did the unions do to funnel that energy? Into a fucking voting booth where anything worth your time goes to die. In reality, if the union bosses wanted anything meaningful to happen to reverse these new limitations, they would have shut the state down with mass wild cat strikes within and without the public sector. It was obvious that the public was on their side, so why not? Because the union bosses have become part of the establishment, stationed to maintain the status quo rather than upset it. Now, we can look and see what a pitifully meaningless outcome has come from funneling all that anger into a voting booth.
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comedy_nose via flickr
comedy_nose via flickr

If voting were actually important to our legislators, why would they make it so hard to do? Thinking logically, such an important task should be made possible to complete with a minimum of effort so that all could make their voices heard and the transition of government could take place with all its constituents in mind, yes? We would want to make sure our “democratic” society actually functioned as such and that the opinions of the people were enshrined into the fabric of that very society. However, that doesn’t seem to be the goal of our voting laws. Practices that make it nearly impossible for large swaths of our society to vote ensure that those already with the power are the only ones overseeing it. As such, there is no such thing as a transition in government when the powerful are the only ones passing the baton.
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