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A Different View on The Voting Process

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Somewhere in North Africa and later on Normandy Beach, my Grandfather’s blood, nerve cells and tears stained the desert sands. Captured as a POW, he spent time considering “What am I doing?” just as we now contemplate the same thing. He joined before the war to have the opportunity to serve his Nation.

My father served aboard the USS Kittyhawk supporting an unpopular war. His blood and fear will forever flavor the deck of that behemoth not by his choice, but by having a number that corresponded with forced service.

Both now rest beyond the touch of our societies ills, but their service has given Americans, Germans, French, Dutch, Swiss, Romanian, Koreans, et al the opportunity to choose the Establishment or the Underdogs. Whether those individuals chose to retain that fortuity became their responsibility.

It may seem that Voting is a dishonorable and disingenuous process at this point in time. The candidates we have to choose from may seem insipid, or in some cases, ignorant – but that is the very reason I vote. It is not a “cast away” vote, not a “lesser evil” vote, and not a vote so that I may complain later.

It is my right bought and paid for by not only my ancestors, but every American who before me said “No.”

No. I will not comply with the Taxes on Tea.

No. I will not comply with the quartering of your troops.

No. I will not stand by and let only men vote.

No. I will not abandon my seat on this bus due to your ignorance.

No. I will not comply with The National Animal Identification System.

No. I will not comply with Real ID.

No. I will not comply.

Votes do make the difference. In 2008, 43% of the populace did not vote.

Let us be blunt. The Republicans who did not vote didn’t believe the American Nation would elect a hardly qualified quasi minority to President. So why should they “turn out”. The Democrats actually increased their “turn out” by 2.4% believing that it was time for “change they could believe in.”

And so we reside almost 2 years from the date feeling even more disenfranchised than ever – no matter what political party one belongs to. Unless of course one is of the “Elite” class.

My vote counts. It may not count to the established system that seems entrenched beyond recovery, but it counts to me.

Vote all you want…the agenda doesn’t change

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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We vote because we believe it will make a difference.  We vote because we have been carefully steered through fictional ideologies, presented to us as “us against them”, the right v left, Democrat v Republican, liberal v conservative.  It is all a ruse.  Not one of the people who wave the party flags, who promote the party platforms on either side of the fictional isle belong to anything other than the ruling party of the District of Criminals.  This one party system which has a death grip on the country isn’t about to let go; but I’m not voting for any of them.  I’ve decided that I will not vote for the candidate most likely to cause the least destruction just because he or she isn’t quite as corrupted as the pretended opposition. 

We have choices between two things….rotten, and not so rotten at the moment.  If those are the only choices I have, I refuse to choose. I refuse to be forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.  Evil is evil; changing the face of evil by rotating which faction is center stage, makes it no less malignant.  I will not be forced to vote for candidates I firmly believe are set against us.  

We need the choice of voting “no confidence” on our ballots.  We need to be able to prevent anyone who cannot garner at least 50% of the vote, from taking an official office.  We need to end corrupt politicians sitting in office who got only 20 or 30% of the vote.  We need a means to convey our disgust at the lack of honesty, integrity and moral character that a vote of “no confidence” could provide.  And we need to prevent career politicians from nesting up in government on a minimal number of votes.

Regardless of which camp you like to think you are in, voting will simply deliver you more of the same no matter who wins.  Just as the Democrats picked up where the Republicans left off in 2008, the changing of the guard on congress will simply see a continuance of the agenda already in motion.  The Republicans will simply pick up where the Democrats left off.  But you are supposed to believe there is some great and vast difference between the right and left.  We’ll get rid of those nasty Democrats and put the Republicans back in there running things…..yeah….that’ll fix it.  Wait…Weren’t the Republicans the ones who set this mess up during Bush the Lessor’s tenure as Prez?  And, weren’t the Democrats going to ride in to save us from the nasty Republicans? More

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