07 November 2006

Another Brick in the Wall

1) Everywhere, People of this World . .
The billions of powerless are forever hopeful and defiant in the face of unending repression and domination that swoops down upon them from the techno-military giants.

Days pass,
innocents are sacrificed,
seawaves lap,
and the wall grows around us.

2) Here in the U.S., today is voting day . .
Ages pass,
kings rage,
sweet breezes plummet like butchered birds,
and our lungs collapse further
into the depths of the wall.

People venture out to vote in these annual and biannual and quadrennial elections, under the hopeful premise that their vote will count as one equal voice among multitudes of voices.

Ever since I became a citizen of the U.S., I've been perpetually torn between taking part in the process of voting, or voting No to a failed and faulty process by not taking part at all.

A supposedly democratic process is far from being such:
  • Both major parties are completely shackled to megacorporations. As far as voting having any real, effective significance, it is more truthful to say that the system provides for "one dollar=one vote" than for "one person=one vote". Money elects candidates, not popular representation.
  • 99% of politicians make promises that attract common, folky people who have a down-to-earth vision of life and its needs and faithfully believe that the system is truly a representative democracy. And regardless of what they may say to the People during a campaign, the politicians then proceed to completely adhere to their respective party's agenda from the moment that their term begins, agendas dominated by perpetuating themselves in power. Actually, these candidates get in line before they get elected, from the moment their campaigns begin.
  • "Progressive" liberals in the U.S. are completely un-progressive, hypocritical and downright bigoted when it comes to the human rights and the right to self-determination of Arabs and Muslims, and Palestinians in particular.
  • "Pro-life/pro-family" conservatives in the U.S. are completely anti-life, anti-family, hypocritical and downright bigoted when it comes to the right-to-life of Arab, Muslim and Third-World populations and families, and Palestinians in particular.
So in the past, I have ignored elections for lack of any convincing motivation; or I have written in my own name or the occasional Ralph Nader or fictional Mahatma Gandhi; or I have gone along with all the commercial hype and voted half-enthusiastically for a local milleage here or against a local extremist proposal there.

What will I do today? I still don't know, and I don't know why I'm so worried about
the prospect of participating just as much as I am worried about the prospect of not voting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I agree with you most completely, though at a time like this I imagine, although they are essentially the same, is one not a bit worse or more extreme and brazen, and if a vote for one and not the other, a vote for the old cliche of the lesser evil, could save even one life by some policy action that is never taken by the other party, is that not worth it?

A difficult and sad question, as we are not able to look to making things better, but only to slow them down as they get worse.