JOIN US TO “BURN THE BALLOT, 2012”

From the Burn The Ballot Caucus, Movement For a Democratic Society (MDS)

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On Monday, November 5th, the day before the Presidential election, members of the Burn The Ballot Caucus of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), disgruntled voters and other activists, will burn presidential ballots in protest against what we consider to be a false choice in a fake electoral system of a pretend democracy. There will be ballot flames from Oakland, California to Staten Island, New York to draw attention to the fact that there is no democracy in the United States and that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are two corporate puppet candidates representing the two corporate puppet parties that are the two faces of the United States Empire.

We acknowledge the historic struggles for suffrage. We acknowledge that some people believe the vote to be “sacred.” However, this election is anything but sacred. It is, in fact, profane for many reasons. For some of us, it makes sense to vote on ballot propositions and candidates for local offices. Others of us, refuse to vote based on the beliefs that the US electoral system is beyond redemption and that voting in a bogus system is a vote of confidence in that system. Whatever your perspective, we invite you to burn your real or replica presidential ballots.

The “leadership” of neither party is sufficient on the urgent issues of US imperialism, the environment, and nuclear proliferation. That is because they are beholden to the greedy capitalist corporations who have always put gross profit before people, health, safety, and the environment. What passes for an electoral process in this country is neither democratic nor representative of the will, needs or desires of the people. With the signing of the 2012 National Authorization Act (NDAA), the pretense of democracy is more transparent than ever before. And the mass media system of communications is but a mockery of the idea of a society of free discussion. The mass media is a tool of the corporations who own it.

We believe that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would serve the interest of the 1%, the wealthiest citizens. They would expand American military aggression around the globe. Barack Obama is a proven war criminal, assassin, perpetrator of torture and rendition, violator of human rights and civil liberties and prosecutor of whistleblowers. Either party will give us more endless war and poverty. This election guarantees only continued death and destruction for a global population already under the boot of a murderous US empire.

  • Forty-eight years ago, Mario Savio said, “There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”

We find those words applicable today. We will not consent to empire or fascism under Obama or Romney.

Join us in burning presidential ballots. We do not expect Congress to fix the system. We are pledged to no business as usual for the empire. We are pledged to working for real participatory democracy.

Burn The Ballot Caucus, Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS)

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