Confidence in a Vote of No Confidence?_Featured_, Corporate Controlled Media, Politics Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Politics is supposed to be something you don’t talk about with friends. This time of year the urge becomes irresistible to most as they stand up and try to convince others of the choice they have made to run the United States of America for the next 4 years. Friends become enemies, usually for a short period of time but sometimes permanently. Families divide at the dinner table. They risk relationships with people they hold dear to endorse a candidate that they believe shares some of what they believe are deeply held beliefs. Yet one politically ideology, the largest in the country, remains silent.
According to polls, 49% of Americans will not exercise their right to vote. Reasons vary but based on the most recent polls 2/3 of these Americans believe the system is too corrupted by special interests to be salvaged. Simple math extends this out to 32% of Americans which is higher than either Democrats or Republicans. This true silent majority theoretically could yield incredible political power if only an option arose that they believed in. Yet, this group of Americans is too jaded too get involved in any option at any point in the year.
There are plentiful reasons to become jaded in the political system. The CPD robs any 3rd party candidate of any real choice and the media controls the conversation so that most don’t even consider these 3rd parties. In fact when turning on the television you now watch more propaganda than news… pure opinion and conjecture disguised as news. The 2 main parties are on convergent paths sponsoring big government, endless wars, an ineffective war on drugs, the continued centralization of power, government bailouts, jailing whistle blowers, eroding your personal liberties (patriot act, NDAA, SOPA, etc.), abusing campaign funding, taxation through inflation, sponsoring the same countries and dictators, and the marriage between government and corporations. This list could go on because the differences between the two parties have become more reputation than fact and pin their platforms to social issues that won’t interfere with campaign funds. The ads are negative because they want to scare you away from voting for one candidate as you naturally assume the only option is to vote towards the other when in reality you see enough terrible things about both candidates that you should be terrified of both prospects.
On top of the sorry state of the political atmosphere there is rampant evidence of voting fraud. The most compelling case is from the 2004 election in Ohio which is still on trial. You can find evidence regarding the platform construction by delegates of fraud. You can find evidence of fraud in the primaries. The electoral process is such that if you don’t live in a swing state your vote truly doesn’t matter and the amount of funding thrown at such states is evidence of this. This boils down to a vote that in many ways does not matter.
On top of this we are doomed to a packaged plan at the federal level. On local levels you vote for Mayors, Councilmen, Judges, the DA, Sheriff, Coroner, School Boards, etc.; and you can hand pick the people in charge of different areas in spite of what a Governor or Mayor may say. Yet at the federal level you are forced to accept many policies you don’t like because you prefer some of these policies you do like. People you never elected set policy. It appears many Americans don’t like the idea of voting for a lesser evil as you end up voting for evil.
The unfortunate truth about third parties is that they are more of the same and the agreements between democrats and republicans has rendered them impotent. The last 3rd party candidate allowed to debate was Ross Perot who had the best standing of a 3rd party candidate in quite some time (and the republicans and democrats saw that it would be the last). Strong showings by 3rd party candidates in spite of them not debating has been blamed to have cost candidates elections which has further steered voters away. They can’t debate, they aren’t covered, people don’t know their names or positions, and polls usually put them under 5%. They are not a viable option by any means.
George Washington’s warning seems to have come to fruition.
So what is one to do?
I’m here to argue that there is an alternative to a no vote. You can write in “no confidence.”
What will be the consequence of this behavior? More than likely this vote will be thrown out any official count. Still, will this occur with a mass representation at exit polls? Will this show during phone polls? Does this matter?
The argument being made, the change in conversation, and the voice given to the many frustrated Americans may be more powerful than anything offered by the mass media. With social networking a viral campaign that actually reaches many who otherwise would keep quiet at this time of year can spread like wildfire. While it is most likely too late for the 2012 election, the pump can be primed for the following election.
So why not just vote for a 3rd party? Well the truth is, this represents far more people than any mere person. It’s not a campaign for a person but an idea. It can be more effective without winning than any 3rd party. It can attract those that are jaded. If it can be combined with the 3rd parties it gives a unified voice saying that a lack of choice is no longer an option.
The idea of a write in wasted vote is nothing new. Many claim they write in names such as Elmer Fudd, George Washington, and Elmo. However it’s something different to campaign for such a thing… to volunteer and use your time and effort telling people to throw their vote away. It’s also distinctly unique in that it does not argue that you should not vote or waste your time voting. You want people to vote and register to vote. You want them politically active in the name of no one person and a very specific ideology.
What you want to spread is the above conversation so readily ignored by the media. The corruption and convergence of both parties needs to be told. The media that so readily plays along with the game of these parties has to be exposed. The corporate interests and the pre-packaged platforms making us sacrifice good for evil and the fact that this is unnecessary should be discussed. The fact that your vote gets watered down and increasingly useless should be heralded. It’s about daring the media to ignore this conversation, pointing out their inevitable bastardization of this message, and the discarding of them as a source of information. It’s about demanding reform that gives more power to the people and less power to the ones who have been abusing their power for far too long. The message is that we are through settling and we can no longer wait complacently for someone else to do anything. It’s about sending this message out without a leader or a spokesman that can then hijack the message.
Where this will go… the total effect of such a campaign… this is not something I can fully understand. I do know that the message and conversation had is more important than voting for or against either mainstream candidate in this election. It is important to break the silence and to force recognition of these issues by the media. It is important to bypass them and get people talking about these issues. This will have an impact far greater than a vote that has been undermined by both political parties.
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I have set up a change.org petition to help spread the word.
I have also set up a Facebook page to go over this topic.