Don’t Vote For Evil

“The only people who will benefit from the election of either Romney or Obama are those associated with the private oligarchies that rule America.”

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Back during the George W. Bush neocon regime, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela in his UN speech summed up George W. Bush for the world. I am quoting Chavez from memory, not verbatim. “Yesterday standing at this same podium was Satan himself, speaking as if he owned the world. You can still smell the sulfur.”

Chavez is one of the American right-wing’s favorite bogyman, because Chavez helps the people instead of bleeding them for the rich, which is Washington’s way. While Washington has driven all but the one percent into the ground, Chavez cut poverty in half, doubled university enrollment, and provided health care and old age pensions to millions of Venezuelans for the first time.

Little wonder he was elected to a fourth term as president despite the many millions of dollars Washington poured into the election campaign of Chavez’s opponent.

While Washington and the EU preach neoliberalism–the supremacy of capital over labor–South American politicians who reject Washington’s way are being elected and reelected in Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Bolivia.

It was the Ecuadoran government, not Washington, that had the moral integrity to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. The only time Washington grants asylum is when it can be used to embarrass an opponent.

In contrast to the leadership that is emerging in South America as more governments there reject the traditional hegemony of Washington, the US political elite, whether Republican or Democrat, are aligned with the rich against the American people.

The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has promised to cut taxes on the rich, taxes which are already rock bottom, to block any regulation of the gangsters in the financial arena, and to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

Privatizing Social Security and Medicare means to divert the people’s tax dollars to the profits of private corporations. In Republican hands, privatization means only one thing: to cut the people’s benefits and to use the people’s tax dollars to increase the profits in the private sector. Romney’s policy is just another policy that sacrifices the people to the one percent.

Unfortunately, the Democrats, if a lesser evil, are still an evil. There is no reason to vote for the reelection of a president who codified into law the Bush regime’s destruction of the US Constitution, who went one step further and asserted the power to murder US citizens without due process of law, and who has done nothing to stop the exploitation of the American people by the one percent.

As Gerald Celente says in the Autumn Issue of the Trends Journal, when confronted with the choice between two evils, you don’t vote for the lesser evil. You boycott the election and do not vote. “Lesser or greater, evil is evil.”

If Americans had any sense, no one would vote in the November election. Whoever wins the November election, it will be a defeat for the American people.

An Obama or Romney win stands in stark contrast with Chavez’s win. Here is how Lula da Silva, the popular former president of Brazil summed it up: “Chavez’s victory is a victory for all the peoples of Latin America. It is another blow against imperialism.” Washington, making full use of the almighty dollar, was unable to buy the Venezuelan election.

How will a Romney or Obama win be summed up? The answer will be in terms of which candidate is best for Israel’s interest; which is best for Wall Street’s interest, which is best for agribusiness; which is most likely to attack Iran; which is most likely to subject economic and war protesters to indefinite detention as domestic extremists.

The only people who will benefit from the election of either Romney or Obama are those associated with the private oligarchies that rule America.

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.

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  1. Depressing but realistic.

  2. avatar flogchopsuey says:

    Sorry, but the threat of illegal abortion, right wing supreme court judges, the anti science and anti stem cell stance of the republicans is just too abhorrent to vote against the alternative. If you don’t vote for Obama, you ARE voting for Romney. It is a classic Bateson’s Double Bind. You are not supporting a third party by voting for one.

  3. @flogchopsuey: The more that you parrot this line, the more you support the psy-op.

    The Rs will never make abortion illegal. They need abortion to be illegal, in order to have a platform.

    It takes courage, and I know that you can find it. You aren’t alone. In fact, I think we are the majority and it’s time to stop being scared of losing.

  4. If we made it through 8 years of Bush Jr and the best the Democratic party could do with all that anti war momentum and anti neocon fervor right on the edge of the economic meltdown (and impending climate meltdown) was run a telecom wiretapping apologist, Wall Street funded candidate who openly ran on upping the war in Afghanistan, then it should be clear by now if there even IS a political solution it won’t be coming from the mainstream. BTW hindsight may be 20/20, but I didn’t vote for him the first time around either.

    Remember when Wesley Clark said in 2005 that the US had a plan in 2001 to invade 7 countries in 5 years? (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran) Well things may be moving slower than planned, but Obama’s been working on that list too. Also, according to a report by Jeremy Scahill in the Nation a few years back, Obama has scaled up special operations across the globe, from 60 countries to 75 at that time. http://www.thenation.com/blog/obamas-expanding-covert-wars#

    It is not that nobel peace laureate Obama is more peaceful or compassionate, but that he more Orwellian, confounding supporters with rhetoric while working behind the scenes to destabilize countries, soften targets, basically taking a long view in this new American century.

    The 4 year election cycle is a distraction for all of us. Meanwhile, the psychopathic mission of global hegemony creeps or leaps forward, no matter who gets put into office. This is why Ron Paul was completely marginalized and trivialized by the mainstream and why Jill Stein was recently arrested for showing up to the presidential debates.

    The system is so far gone that if there is ANY hope, it will only be through people committed to actual transformation.

    @Xicha: “time to be scared of losing” ….to put it another way, we already are losing and have been for some time now. Time to start working at winning.

  5. Right on, Luke! BTW I said “stop being scared” because that perception of losing is being stuffed into the mouths of unwitting parrots. Of course the next step is to perceive the positive. I’ll agree with you wholeheartedly.

    At the individual level, it seems like winning is the ability to manage our own perception and express our own integrity.

  6. BTW, I voted for Nader in 1996 (Green), 2000 (Green), 2004 (Independent), and 2008 (Independent).

    I’ve been hearing about wasted votes and talking about complicity for a while now.

    I’m planning to Vote for Rocky Anderson (Justice Party) next month. Click HERE to see if he’ll be on the ballot where you live (large map on homepage).

    I really like the idea of a “Justice” party. I think looking back and being accountable is a top priority. I also think cleaning our house is required before moving forward. Whatever that means. At least Rocky wants to prosecute warrant-less wiretapping crimes.

    http://www.voterocky.org/

  7. To anyone getting their news from alternate sources they well know that the election process is a complete joke, shame whatever you want to call it. Both parties are representing corporate interests and not the people who are essentially enslaved by these corporations.

    Third parties are shut out and so it’s a choice between two awful candidates and platforms AND they never enact what they run on anyway.

    The system is completely corrupt and broken. We don’t have anything which even resembles a democracy.

    I won’t watch or read mainstream news, nor participate in the nonsense elections where I don’t have anyone to vote for. When they call asking for money I give them a good talking too before they hang up.

    The change will come when it all crashes and then there will be a scramble to start something new. Probably the guys with the guns will take over and the fig leaf will be off. Fascism will be us.

    At that point it’s time for another revolution as there will be no other choice or distraction.

  8. avatar MontanaMuleGal says:

    Since we don’t believe that the votes of the US citizens are counted with integrity or honesty, due to computerized voting machines, we are voting for Rocky Anderson.

    vote rocky dot org

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