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Or, My ‘political rant’
Ok, first off let me start with a statement that will most likely save many of you the trouble of reading past it because you will immediately condemn anything I have to say and close the webpage.
I DON’T VOTE. NEVER HAVE, ALMOST CERTAINLY NEVER WILL.
[pause to let the audience clear out & let the curses die down *deadbeat! anarchist! un-american! freeloader! commie! worthless! no right to complain about the system if you don’t participate in the system!*]
Still here and put away the pitch forks and torches? Wow, you’re either intelligent and open minded or just bored, either way I can work with that.
And you know what, the part about not having the right to complain about the system? That’s absolutely true and my entire life I have honored that ideal and have very rarely spoke out against the system. I’ve sat back quietly and watched as the world has fallen apart.
However, I’m done being silent.
Now here’s why I don’t participate in the system. Newsflash: THE SYSTEM DOESN’T WORK!
*well if you participated in the system you could change the system!*
Do you have any concept how ridiculous that sounds?
‘Well, if you kept kicking that dead horse eventually it’ll get up and run!’
Participation in a system that doesn’t work is NOT going to fix the system.
This is no more logical than using broken tools to try and fix a car.What does a mechanic do when he only has broken tools? He either goes out of business or, if he’s smart, he gets new tools.
Voting is not how you are going to fix our broken global system. NOT voting is. What exactly do you think the message sent will be to all of the corrupt Banks, Politicians, “The 1%’ers” who have gotten fat off of taking advantage of the system for hundreds of years if every single person in the US, or hell the World, who cared about the current system spiraling down the drain simply stopped voting?
That message would be ‘We’re all mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!’
*that makes you sound just like a Commie, Anarchist, Righty, Lefty, Liberal, Conservative, yadda yadda yadda!* <snore> Wake me when your narrow minded bullshit is over.
DO NOT for an instant think I don’t have full respect for this country, it’s founding fathers and the morals, principles and goals it was founded on.
But here’s another newsflash in case you missed it: THIS ISN’T 1776 ANYMORE.
Our entire system, from our voting and representative structure to our economic structure was engineered by some truly brilliant men and women and worked very well for them. The problem is that was several hundred years ago and the US had a tiny fraction of the population it has today. A system that was designed for that time period and for that amount of people simply can’t be expected to work just as well for the current state. This is no more logical than thinking an ounce of black ink, when poured into a 10 gallon tank of water, will be just as dark as it was in its original bottle.
I don’t vote because I’m not a ‘Righty’ or a ‘Lefty’ or a ‘Libertarian’ or a ‘Democrat’ or a ‘Republican’ or a ‘Communist’ any other of a dozen narrow-minded, selfish, simplistic, bullshit labels.
I don’t vote because EVERY Politician, whether they are good, decent people or they are corrupt self-serving parasites, has an agenda. They WANT to be in that position of power. That system automatically means they have a selfish motive to be there, no matter what that motive is. That also means they will do whatever it takes to keep that position, whether it’s a good decision that benefits the people they are supposed to be serving, or not.
I don’t vote also because I don’t want 15-20 phone calls a day during election time, but that’s a rather petty side point.
I am a Humanist if I must be labeled. Yes, I think the USA is the best country on Earth. Otherwise, I wouldn’t still be here. Although ALL of the ideological nutbags here who do fanatically cling to being one of those labels I just mentioned are seriously making me regret my decision. While I do love this country I am not such a fool to think we are the only country on Earth.
All of us are on this rock together, every ‘label’, every country, every race, color, creed, religion, sexual preference. Like it or not we’re ALL humans!
I have been recently told nearly the exact same thing, word for word, by both a Teaparty member and a few OccupyPortland people. Now these are two rabidly opposing sides of the current protests going on across the country mind you. You know what they both said, nearly word for word?
“You sound just like a Teapartier/Occupier!”
You know what’s funny and ironic?
THEY’RE BOTH CORRECT!
You know why they’re both correct?
THEY BOTH WANT ESSENTIALLY THE SAME DAMN THING!
Right on the local Teaparty website they state that they want “Constitutionally Limited Government”, “Free Market Principles”, and “Fiscal Responsibility”.
If the Teaparty and the Occupiers, the Righties and the Lefties, the Liberals and the Conservatives, would put away their differences in their beliefs they’d realize the things they have in common are far more important. They ALL have one ‘label’ in common. HUMAN
Ok, this rant is already over 800 words and you’re likely dozing off by now so this is the end of Part 1.
Now let’s open the floodgates of Comments and get myself crucified by the endless snarky comments of trolls