Sitting Out the Election By Mary Pitt

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By Mary Pitt
01/02/08 “

It looks as if the 2008 Presidential campaign may be over at my house. I am considering what other things I can find to do in order to be busy on election day. The choices have been winnowed down until I can find no reason for hope with any of the remaining candidates. I realize that there is much fodder for the talking heads on television as the pseudo rivalry continues but I have now lost interest.

So Rudy bowed out in favor of John McCain. Big deal. Rudy wasn’t going anyplace anyway and he would have been a disaster in the White House. The great loss was John Edwards. With the withdrawal of Dennis Kucinich, he was the last best hope for any chance for the common man to receive any real consideration in the future policies of our government.

It is reminiscent of the summer months in television entertainment. All that we have to anticipate is a choice among reruns. On the Republican side, we are left with a Southern Baptist preacher who would prefer that we return to the dark ages, with witch-burning and stocks in the public square. Then there is John McCain who has nothing more to offer than the old men on Memorial Day, stuffed into their uniforms and trying to look as if they are ready to take the next hill. In addition, of course, there is the son of “what’s good for General Motors is good for the country”. We can choose our reruns between the forties, the fifties or of the Puritans at the Salem witchcraft trials.

It is little better on the Democratic side. Now that Obama has been favored by the Kennedy family, we can look forward to living again in the sixties, to being inspired by eloquent speeches of hope and progress only to be faced with another war for another “good reason”. In order to be just a bit more current, we could boost Hillary Clinton and get more rhetoric about lifting up of the poor which will not happen because of the same knuckling under to the opposition that disappointed us in her husband and that she, herself, has so ably demonstrated during her time in the Senate.

Of course, there is still time for a third party to take shape and get sufficient footing to provide a choice in November, ideally Edwards and Kucinich at the head of a Progressive Party, but it is not likely since the establishment candidates have already sucked up all the money available for their campaigns. We are faced once again with the spectacle of our White House once more being up for auction. As President Bush again tries to prop up a dying economy by donating more borrowed money to the taxpayers while ignoring the plight of the truly needy and the Fed cuts interest rates so we can borrow even more, as the Middle East, the Orient, and Europe devalue and debase the dollar and we owe ever more of them to those same entities, we find ourselves facing the same fate as out parents and grandparents suffered at the end of the Hoover administration.

Nothing short of a total overhaul of the government in the manner of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is going to correct the mess that George W. Bush has made of our government and none of the remaining candidates appear to have the intelligence and the drive to do what must be done to save the nation from it. Senator Clinton can’t seem to make up her mind whether we should withdraw our troops from Iraq immediately or whether we should leave a large contingency there to “protect our embassy”, that sprawling, fortified monstrosity that contractors built at great expense for no conceivable reason. Barrack Obama says that he wants to bring the troops home “as soon as possible” but hasn’t voiced any plans for what might happen next. Of course, the election of any of the Republicans means eternal war in the hope that the fiscal mess will not catch up with us.

It’s time to plow up the back yard for a vegetable garden and order tomato plants to put in the flower beds in the spring. It’s going to be a long time before stability is restored to this benighted land. I cast my first Presidential vote in 1952 for Eisenhower and have voted dutifully in every election since, even if I had to hold my nose while voting for the lesser of two evils. But now I am old and I am tired. Why should I get in a snit because the rest of the country is more interested in the squabbling children playing at debate? If the youth of today are willing to choose those who will be in charge of their future by a remake of “An American Idol”, is it not their right?

My generation had ambitions to leave to our children a free nation with honorable leaders in a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, living peacefully with equality. It is saddening to find that this ambition is not to be and, unless someone is elected who is able to restore the rights and freedoms which we have lost. I will spend election day sitting at home with a tall cold drink!

The author is a very “with-it” old lady who aspires to bring a bit of truth, justice, and common sense to a nation that has lost touch with its humanity in the search for societal “perfection.”


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The Evolution of Evil By Joel S. Hirschhorn

Seriously, it’s time to not vote in the presidential election by Lo

Much Ado About Ron Paul by Grim

19 thoughts on “Sitting Out the Election By Mary Pitt

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  3. I should clarify that last statement. “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Whether you think Bill Clinton was good or not. Bush has been an unmitigated disaster. This country needs to be taken out of Republican hands this year. It is being flushed down the toilet by these Neocon ideologs in the Congress, the Federal Judiciary and the Executive.

    Sitting out the election because none of the candidates meets your standards gives these yahoos the chance to ruin us for four more years.

  4. Sounds like a threat. We are all losing out with the rigged elections. Do you really believe that the people choose the candidates? Look at this election cycle. Don’t play their game; resist!

  5. Have you watched An Unreasonable Man?

    I had no intention of voting for the lesser of two evils. I don’t vote for evil. Gee, look who Gore chose for his running mate! Gore ran a horrible campaign and didn’t even take his home state of TN.

    There is no way the Democratic Party will move to the left without the left refusing to vote for them until they become what the Dem Party used to stand for. I left the Dem Party in 2000 and haven’t returned because in reality the Dem Party left me long before that. Just look at what Clinton did to this nation. Sorry, he was not a liberal.

  6. If you think that the candidates are all the same consider what happened because of those who failed to go out and vote for Al Gore in 2000. Is Gore the same as Bush? Not hardly. Don’t abdicate your responsibility to vote or we WILL be living back in the middle ages.

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  9. There’s so little difference between the Dems and the Reps. They are both owned by the corporations who give them their money.

    From: NATO; Kucinich; Political Intelligence; Keep on Preaching to the Choir by William Blum

    Another interesting view of the American electoral system comes from Cuban leader Raúl Castro. He recently noted that the United States pits two identical parties against one another, and joked that a choice between a Republican and Democrat is like choosing between himself and his brother Fidel.

    “We could say in Cuba we have two parties: one led by Fidel and one led by Raúl, what would be the difference?” he asked. “That’s the same thing that happens in the United States … both are the same. Fidel is a little taller than me, he has a beard and I don’t.”[6]

    I’ve decided not to play the game of bread and circuses, I will not vote on Tuesday. From my friend, “what if there was a vote and nobody showed up?” (similar to “what if there was a war and nobody came?”)

  10. Oh, BTW, I did read the Hirshhorn piece days ago. It’s one of those I responded to in my last blog. To my mind, although he makes many good points, the overall message is a muddle.

    Maybe it’s because I’m getting old, Lo, but I’m fucking impatient to turn this mess around. Even if I were 25, I hope I’d realize that things are so bad we don’t have any time to waste on unproductive tangents.

  11. If enough of us turn out, they can’t reasonably steal a third election. The probably don’t want the Depression that’s coming to happen on their watch, anyway.

    Most importantly, the idea of another Republican president is so horrific that I’d sacrifice a lot more than my ideals in the attempt to prevent it — futile or no. Our liberties and countless LIVES depend on our pursuing a different course as quickly as possible, even if it’s less than 180 degrees different.

    With all due respect, surely that’s more important than not sullying our hands.

  12. Thanks for the benefit for your wisdom, Mary. I have a pretty long view, myself, but it’s still 20 years short of yours (my first vote being cast in 1972 for McGovern).

    Your advice to till the grounds and put in vegetables strikes me as sensible, indeed. Simply surviving seems sure to get much harder before it gets any better.

    As far as voting in November goes, I hope you’ll hold your very keen nose once more and vote against the worst option. FDR didn’t campaign on a plan to do what he did — he was swept into it by the urgency of the circumstances — so it isn’t unthinkable that Barack or even Hillary might rise similarly to the occasion.

    Above all, we’ve GOT to prevent any further Republican Supreme Court appointments, or this country will still be suffering from it after you and I are both gone.

  13. After reading Joel Hirschhorn and Mary Pitt’s articles on boycotting elections as a form of civil disobedience, I wonder if writing in a legitimate third party candidate fits within this context? Losing Kucinich and then Edwards reinforces my resolve not to waste my vote on one of the Demoblican “candidates”. If candidates weren’t chosen by corporate-owned media, then why didn’t my newspaper ever comment on Kucinich, Edwards or Ron Paul.

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