This is why a real Christian does not vote for Caesar.
Mark E. Smith
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The world has given us the benefit of the doubt for a long time, hoping that we as a people were not as corrupt as our government. But I chat with activists all over the world online every day and they're wondering why we continue to vote in rigged elections where peace candidates cannot win, and the candidates who win cannot be held accountable. If we oppose crimes against humanity, they want to know why we keep delegating our power to those who do not.
Election boycotts can be and have been effective. It was an election boycott that destroyed the legitimacy of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Although the regime seated the candidates who had been "elected," voter turnout was so low that they had no credibility.
80% of Rep. John Olver's constituents signed petitions asking him to support impeachment and he refused. They elected him and once elected he no longer had to take them into consideration. His response to the petitions was, "Spare me! I'm fully aware that the overwhelming majority of my constituents support impeachment. I will not."
Like my activist friends in Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Latin America, I too will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you are opposed to torture, genocide, wars of aggression, and crimes against humanity. But not if you continue to give your mandate to war criminals and war profiteers. Not if you continue to vote in rigged elections. If you continue to let others limit your options to war and more war, you are not sincere in caring about peace.