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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Elections: Vote for Obama?
Marxists are encouraging people to not vote at all on Election Day. Some
progressives, even some socialist groups, have suggested we should vote for the
Barack Obama campaign in swing states. Some have suggested we work for the
election is a turning point for the US electoral system. Yet it has
more to do with state and national congressional elections rather than a focus
on the presidential race. So even if Obama gets re-elected, a major change in
the overall political system is likely. It amounts to the very rich and the
most greedy of the 1 percent taking control of virtually everything.
billionaires, including Charles and David Koch, are our pouring $ hundreds of
thousands to $ millions in certain campaigns designed to further a Tea Party
agenda that will give corporations like theirs absolute control of our
government. They will be free from all taxes and regulations. They will crush
unions and any rights, or government privileges for poor and working people. They
will cater to the religious groups that promote hate against both gays and
abortion providers and their supporters. They will have virtually no opposition
and they will bully the news outlets to give importance to their dishonest
blather, while legitimate opposition to their mantras are ignored, or given
little serious discussion.
are working hard to get their agenda in, state by state. They may garnish more
power in the short run by running most states than the federal government,
which they want to strip powerless anyway.
voter ID laws to knock low income, elderly, some blacks and legal
immigrants off the voter rolls. They focused on primary elections where voter
turnout is low. They are doing everything they can to stack the deck so no
candidate can win an election without their corporate backing.
are in the midst of seeing a major corporate take over of our electoral system.
We have had corporate backing of candidates before, but this is different. It
is much more bold, open and brazen. They really don’t care if we know what they
are doing as long as they get away with it. Opposition voices are simply
ignored since these new corporate lackeys will have full control of nearly all
branches of government. It is a genuine coup.
government services will be cut, such as social security and education. I call
it the cut and gut approach to government. They want to gut education,
entitlements and anything that doesn’t directly help them out. They want to
destroy the infrastructure of our country and privatize nearly all public
services, except the military. State run medical care programs for the poor,
sick and disabled, such as Kansas Medicaid, will be
privatized so corporations can profit from their misery.
brings us to the presidential election. How important is it? It won’t matter at
all for foreign policy. Obama is a Republican when it comes to foreign policy
and he is just as imperialistic as George W. Bush or Mitt Romney. The only
difference between Obama and Romney is that Romney is more likely to play to
the new coup of the greedy that are taking over or local, state and national
government bodies. He will facilitate them, while Obama will act as a check and
hold them in place a few years longer.
will take some time for any reversal of the present political coup. My
suggestion is to spend more time on action within the Occupy Movement or some
other revolutionary movement. Voting is OK in swing states where it will make a
difference. But in states as Kansas,
it will make no difference at all. Kansas
is extremely Republican and conservative and because of the Electoral
College, it always goes 100 percent for the Republican.
time or money on the elections is time and money wasted. Those who have a real
stake in the system are putting their money in it. We working people and
Marxists need to put our money and time into our own organizations and
projects. Voting takes little time and effort so it is not a big waste to try
and stop Romney from gutting our country’s social structure. But voting is
about all we should do. And let’s not expect any big dividends from such votes.
I didn’t expect much from Obama the first time, so I avoided disappointment.
Let’s not get our hopes up this year either. -សតិវ អតុ