Many Americans, especially the young, believe that voting is only an exercise in futility. Many believe that it supports a fundamentally flawed and corrupt political system. Many activists believe it is better to build a grassroots movement and to force change from the bottom.
They believe in direct action to the change the world. They want to begin with 'ourselves', move up to local communities and grow into national and world-wide movements that institute change. It appears more realistic than fighting an entrenched political system that has completely sold out to big money corporate interests.
But voting does not preclude more direct action. Not all social change is made at the personal level. It is important to remember that millions of people have fought and died for the right to vote. We should all exercise that hard won right to cast our ballot.
That battle is not over as today we have systematic voter suppression, including voter ID laws and very questionable vote-fraud prevention activities. (no serious look at voter fraud through programing voting machines for a predetermined result, even though there is ample evidence)
Election Day confronts Americans with a choice that's really not a choice. We face the two wings of the same party, the 'corporate party'.
62 percent of the nation’s voters say they would like the option of voting for an independent in 2016. Americans won’t have the choice to vote for a viable independent candidate for president in 2016. In 1992, Ross Perot frightened both political parties by getting 19 percent of the vote after he participated in the debates. The two parties took action to ensure that an independent could never be that successful again. The Commission on Presidential Debates changed the rules regarding who gets to debate. They re-wrote the rules to make sure independents cannot debate. Two-to-one, voters want the rules changed to allow an independent to debate.
The Green Party presidential campaign of Ralph Nader in 2000 won 2.7 percent of the vote. Jill Stein is on the ballot currently but the independents are restricted by the democratic party and the republican party. Jill Stein is not allowed to present her message.
If Hillary or Bernie or the Donald or any other 'legitimate' candidate wins the election, corporate interests will prevail. There will be no serious campaign finance reform. Nothing will address the root causes of widening wealth disparity or the failing educational system or epidemic levels of incarceration. Working people will continue to live on the edge of poverty. The school-to-prison pipeline will continue. Deregulation and privatization will become more institutionalized throughout the system. Reproductive rights will continue to decline and abortion and access to birth control will just go away as memories of the past.
Americans like to think we live in a democracy, but the sad truth is that democracy is not a part of our system… corporations dictate our entire existence.
We have no choice. That’s the entire point. We have no choice. Don't perpetuate a sysem that works against us all. Do not vote for a democrat or a republican… it is the same as voting against yourself.