Posts Tagged ‘2016 Presidential Election’

i-voted

I want you to shine up your “I Voted” sticker real nice, turn that sumbitch sideways, and stick it straight up your candy ass. That sticker will serve the same purpose stored away in your anal cavity as it will do on display.

Casting a vote doesn’t make you special. You haven’t completed some monumental civic duty. It doesn’t mean your voice has been heard. You still don’t count. I’d rather talk to you about your personal opinions and have a substantive discussion about your philosophy of governance than be forced to see some shitty piece of flair.

Politics is not something that happens once every four years. Or even every two years like the Olympics. Politics is an everyday occurrence. Every facet of your life is impacted by politics. This isn’t a discussion that just ends after November 8th. So please kindly shut the fuck up about being tired of politics.

You can be tired of this election cycle. That’s reasonable. But that also means you’re tired of every election cycle. And that means you’re tired of politics. It’s all the same. As long as our election laws remain stuck in the times of the Founding Fathers, nothing substantive will change. We have a system that does not weigh each vote equally. The Electoral College is not direct democracy. The way electoral votes are awarded differs from state to state. A vote in Arizona isn’t the same as a vote in Ohio. Campaigns are increasingly financed by special interests—even from outside our own country. We favor a corporate system where money equals influence.

Your vote within the confines of that antiquated system isn’t capable of that power.

Yet we expect people to be proud of the right to choose between red and blue.

It’s always a lesser of two evils. A convenient choice between two parties. I feel so free.

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While people are sick of this election cycle (mostly because of Trump’s toxicity), what I’m tired of is the fear-mongering…from both sides. Trump has been trudging up fear of immigrants, which is a tired old cliché in American history. We’re all immigrants, get over it. But that fear-mongering from Trump has been equaled and surpassed by the “fire and brimstone” talk of a potential world with Trump in charge. Sorry to burst your bubble, but America isn’t going to change whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump becomes President. Hillary is a corporate war hawk who will do anything to finally get elected. Trump is a festering pumpkin that’s been left out in the sun too long after Halloween. Before this horrible reality TV show started, Hillary and Trump were friends. They are two puppets from the same party. The Business Party. No matter what happens, business will continue as usual.

Don’t fear, the establishment is here. Go back to bed, America. Everything will be fine.

I already know what you soulless robots are going to say upon reading this—“Well, you have no right to complain if you don’t vote.” That’s bullshit. If you aren’t passionate about a candidate and are voting for the lesser evil, then you are complicit in this broken system and have no right to complain. My vote of non-participation means more than it would if I voted for the least racist, lesser of two evils.  Join me, friends.

Don’t buy into the fear. If people thought for themselves, then we wouldn’t have a two-party system. Anyone who tries to support a third-party candidate is seen as dangerous and crazy. Even if you ignore the simple fact that the Electoral College makes it impossible for a third-party candidate to get elected, the other options offered up this year (Gary Johnson and Jill Stein) are absolute buffoons. When there was a fantastic third-party candidate who truly stood for something and had ethics, everyone discarded Ralph Nader because you had to choose between the reformed, born-again Christian cokehead (George W. Bush) and The Most Boring Man in the World (Al Gore).

It’s time for us to evolve our institutions, folks. This isn’t something that gets fixed with a vote. If you honestly believe Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are able to address America’s current issues, then you’re fucked in the head and beyond repair anyway. I have no faith in the American people anymore. As much as I want to lose all hope in political candidates, we already had a person of principle who stood for something. No, not Bernie Sanders.

Dennis Kucinich was and is the leader we deserve.

Kucinich consistently opposed NAFTA, which is one of the primary reasons that Mexico is a shitstorm—forcing their people (who cannot provide for their own families as a result of the economic impact) to immigrate to America in search of a better life. Kucinich voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War. Kucinich supports a single-payer, not-for-profit healthcare system. Even though he’s a Democrat, Kucinich voted against the Affordable Healthcare for America Act because it would only strengthen the for-profit healthcare industry—and it has. Kucinich’s record on civil liberties speaks for itself. Kucinich is a man of conviction with policies to support his ideas.

Kucinich was a magical imp that possessed everything we need. And we laughed at him. Why?

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Because Dennis Kucinich looks like an adorable card-carrying member of the lollipop guild.

America doesn’t deserve a leader like Dennis Kucinich. People would rather vote for someone who reminds them of themselves. You know, someone they can sit down and have a beer with anywhere. Someone who looks Presidential. It’s fitting that we’re so fixated on looks when we’re picking the best puppet.

Congratulations, a choice between Trump and Hillary is what you people deserve now.

Tomorrow will be full of more fear-mongering followed by widespread relief when Hillary gets elected. It’s finally her time. Now let’s reconcile the fact that she’s so fucking unlikeable that a considerable portion of our population would rather support a pandering racist who has built a real estate empire on a foundation of a house of cards.

Since everyone has been so busy conveniently decrying Trump (for his several, substantial personal flaws), we’ve barely discussed any real political issues. Hillary has a lengthy record of eventually standing on the right side of some issues when it is to her personal gain. In economic terms, you can expect more of the same awful free-trade agreements, which have negatively impacted American jobs as well as working conditions overseas. Hillary’s policies don’t matter when you’re viewing everything through the “at least she’s not Trump” lens. It’s not like he has the answers. Employing a policy of continuing to leave recreational marijuana use up to individual states is an example of a policy of no governance. Meanwhile, millions continue to be incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses because we’ve incentivized locking citizens up in our military-industrial complex. She has flaws and they are real.

I hope you’re overwhelmed with self-satisfaction as you sit back and enjoy the culmination of your repugnant reality TV show. It’s like everyone is tuning into the finale of The Bachelor. You’re all mindless drones. I won’t bother myself with the incessant news coverage when the outcome is already inevitable. America is collectively dumb, but we haven’t reached the height of Idiocracy…yet. The sun will rise on Wednesday morning and Nine Inch Nails will continue to play “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” as the soundtrack to our lives.

Personally, I’m washing my hands of the whole situation.

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“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”
— Charles Bukowski

“Brothers and Sisters:

Humanity lives in the chest of us all and, like the heart, it prefers to be on the left side. We must find it, we must find ourselves. It is not necessary to conquer the world. It is sufficient with making it new. Us. Today.”
— Subcomandante Marcos

“It’s just a ride.

And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.

Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defense each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded. And we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”
— Bill Hicks

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