As heads of government arrived in New York on Monday to attend the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama also made his way to Manhattan but to see a different group of world leaders: Barbara, Elisabeth, Joy, Sherri and Whoopi...It bordered on scandalous that Obama, joined by the first lady, would make time to sit down with the women of “The View” even as he declined foreign leaders’ requests to meet with him one on one in New York this week. - Dana Milbank, Washington Post LINKI get a kick out of everyone who thinks that they can make a difference by voting. Clearly the majority of people in this country have never heard about the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court Decision, which essentially allows corporations and wealthy individuals the ability to spend an unlimited amount of money to buy an election on behalf of the candidate that they want to control - including the President. Google the case if you are interested in truly understanding why your vote is useless.
Rather than expounding on this, I would urge everyone to read this excellent analysis by Chris Hedges, in which he unwittingly and without reference proves with examples how the Citizens case has usurped democracy in this country:
You get the point. Obama is not in charge. Romney would not be in charge. Politicians are the public face of corporate power. They are corporate employees. Their personal narratives, their promises, their rhetoric and their idiosyncrasies are meaningless. And that, perhaps, is why the cost of the two presidential campaigns is estimated to reach an obscene $2.5 billion. The corporate state does not produce a product that is different. It produces brands that are different. And brands cost a lot of money to sell.Here's the LINK
You can dismiss those of us who will in protest vote for a third-party candidate and invest our time and energy in acts of civil disobedience. You can pride yourself on being practical. You can swallow the false argument of the lesser of two evils. But ask yourself, once this nightmare starts kicking in, who the real sucker is.
You can go ahead and get all hot and bothered by the upcoming election and have your self-rationalized reasons why you support either candidate, but also know that it doesn't matter which candidate wins and which party is in control. Therefore your vote is meaningless. Anyone who criticizes those of us who are on voter strike has no knowledge or understanding of the facts as they now exist in our system.