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I am Done With Voting


The election of 2008 put the final nail in the coffin. The debates between Obama and McCain for President and Biden and Palin for VP were mile stones in electoral sanity. There was never a clearer choice. A mad crazy man teamed up with a know nothing who thinks she knows stuff versus two seemingly brainy guys. What happened? Well the usual happened. After all the speeches were done and the final lever was pulled Obama was the victor but there was no victory for those of us who voted for him.

Obama is a tool who is used in the arsenal of big business. Every four years we are presented with two choices that represent less potential evils. As somebody said the Republican and Democratic Parties are like two waiters working in the same restaurant. Their delivery and style is different but the fare is the same. The next election will be between Obama and some crazed right wing liberty loving, abortion hating, gay rights killer who wants to gut Medicare and Social Security. Gee let me evaluate? Vote for the guy who seems progressive and of sound mind or the crazy man or woman?

Well quite frankly there is no difference because they will both do exactly the same thing with different flair after the election. The question arises on why we should vote anyway? If everyone stayed away we could find out if those electronic voting machines are legitimate or not. Let’s see if they record votes anyhow even when no one actually enters a voting booth. On the other hand maybe letting the complete nut job win might be therapeutic? It could be fun to watch as he or she defrauds the country even more than the last guy did.

Elections are for losers. I mean the voters are the losers. Obama was for closing Guantanamo Bay until he was for keeping it open. He was against the Patriot Act before he was for it and on and on. What exactly is the difference between Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama? I don’t think there is any except that Obama can walk and talk at the same time and deliver a stirring speech. Only Bush II gutted the country more than Clinton did and that was after Reagan started the onslaught of trickledown economics.

Thanks for your drops of your saliva! I guess that is all I deserve while I polish your boots!

For year after year Americans have closed their ears and eyes to what is going on around them. Americans don’t even know how to openly discuss what is happening anymore. We are taught not to have open discussions. Somehow Americans avoid all discourse on what is happening to this country!

We export jobs yet we are surprised that there are no jobs for the new college grads. We are surprised that we can’t afford that new car anymore because that little econo box now cost $20k. We used to pay that for a mid-size car. College education costs are in the stratosphere especially if you consider the likelihood of finding a good job to pay those loans off.

Everything is upside down yet we pretend that all is well. We talk about entertainment shows as if they are the real thing but not about politics which are the real thing and which really affect our lives.

We pretend that New Orleans and Detroit are not failed cities and that we will soon have failed States such as California, Illinois, Michigan and possibly New Jersey and New York. Death and default is in the air but the MSM is covering the new Presidential race as if all is well. We can go on invading country after country and pretend to be the super race that is keeping the world safe. There is an air of delusion about us. We think that we are good even when we do seemingly bad things. The Dollar is crashing a slow death but we pretend that a lower dollar is good. The lies never end.

We are a country in despair and disrepair. Who do we vote for to fix this? Ron Paul seems like a great choice but he is like the rabbit at a greyhound race. Just when the dog thinks he will get his prey it gets yanked out of reach. The MSM will never give Ron Paul a serious candidate status and maybe he is not. Maybe he is a release valve for those of us who are fed up and who will end up voting for the D or R candidate after he is discredited and run out of town until next time around.

I am done voting because I can’t handle the dishonesty in it all. We trudge to the voting booth with the hope that our choice will make a difference and the candidate will do the things we need done only to find out that it will never happen. There will be soaring speeches and pictures of celebrities who live the American dream but there will be little said of the guy or gal living in a refrigerator box with his or her family because their jobs were outsourced. Their jobs are gone forever.

Vote with your feet. Walk away from the voting booth and expose the whole phony charade. If nobody votes the system will finally be fair. Let the powers to be pick who they want without the pretense of fair elections. The Emperor is naked. The system is corrupt and the voting booth is the enabler of pretense. Take away the symbol of it all and maybe there will be change. Not saying it will be good but it might be more honest then what we have now.

John Shakour can be reached at: Jdshakour@gmail .net


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