Saturday, October 13, 2012

Don’t Vote For Evil

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Paul Craig Roberts, Contributor
Activist Post

Back during the George W. Bush neocon regime, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela in his UN speech summed up George W. Bush for the world. I am quoting Chavez from memory, not verbatim. “Yesterday standing at this same podium was Satan himself, speaking as if he owned the world. You can still smell the sulfur.”

Chavez is one of the American right-wing’s favorite bogymen, because Chavez helps the people instead of bleeding them for the rich, which is Washington’s way.

While Washington has driven all but the one percent into the ground, Chavez cut poverty in half, doubled university enrollment, and provided health care and old age pensions to millions of Venezuelans for the first time. Little wonder he was elected to a fourth term as president despite the many millions of dollars Washington poured into the election campaign of Chavez’s opponent.

While Washington and the EU preach neoliberalism – the supremacy of capital over labor – South American politicians who reject Washington’s way are being elected and reelected in Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Bolivia.

It was the Ecuadoran government, not Washington, that had the moral integrity to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. The only time Washington grants asylum is when it can be used to embarrass an opponent.

In contrast to the leadership that is emerging in South America, as more governments there reject the traditional hegemony of Washington, the US political elite, whether Republican or Democrat, are aligned with the rich against the American people.

The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has promised to cut taxes on the rich, taxes which are already rock bottom, to block any regulation of the gangsters in the financial arena, and to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

Privatizing Social Security and Medicare means to divert the people’s tax dollars to the profits of private corporations. In Republican hands, privatization means only one thing: to cut the people’s benefits and to use the people’s tax dollars to increase the profits in the private sector. Romney’s policy is just another policy that sacrifices the people to the one percent.

Unfortunately, the Democrats, if a lesser evil, are still an evil. There is no reason to vote for the reelection of a president who codified into law the Bush regime’s destruction of the US Constitution, who went one step further and asserted the power to murder US citizens without due process of law, and who has done nothing to stop the exploitation of the American people by the one percent.

As Gerald Celente says in the Autumn Issue of the Trends Journal, when confronted with the choice between two evils, you don’t vote for the lesser evil. You boycott the election and do not vote. “Lesser or greater, evil is evil.”

If Americans had any sense, no one would vote in the November election. Whoever wins the November election, it will be a defeat for the American people.

An Obama or Romney win stands in stark contrast with Chavez’s win. Here is how Lula da Silva, the popular former president of Brazil summed it up: “Chavez’s victory is a victory for all the peoples of Latin America. It is another blow against imperialism.” Washington, making full use of the almighty dollar, was unable to buy the Venezuelan election.

How will a Romney or Obama win be summed up? The answer will be in terms of which candidate is best for Israel’s interest; which is best for Wall Street’s interest, which is best for agribusiness; which is most likely to attack Iran; which is most likely to subject economic and war protesters to indefinite detention as domestic extremists.

The only people who will benefit from the election of either Romney or Obama are those associated with the private oligarchies that rule America.

This article first appeared at Paul Craig Roberts' new website Institute For Political Economy.  Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Donations to Paul Craig Roberts are much appreciated.


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Anonymous said...

What a terrible article by Paul Craig Roberts. This article should not have been posted on this site or infowars. Does Roberts even know there are other candidates running??

Anonymous said...

Make a statement to the world that Americans (the people, not the gov) reject their rogue gov. The debates are rigged, the voting is rigged, the candidates are fake puppets, the whole gov is a criminal charade. Protest by not voting. DO NOT VOTE and make history. WE DO NOT CONSENT!

Anonymous said...

This is the perfect place to post this article. While I don't agree with the only answer being not voting (the Right is seeking this) I do think that the future of the world is in the hands of the Democratic Socialists of Latin America. A perfect system - no and they don't claim to be - but moving in the ethical direction. When you look beyond the boogey man of "Socialism" to the realities, it's the only hope humanity has to survive.

Anonymous said...

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the uneven division of blessings, while the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal division of misery."

Anonymous said...

If Ron Paul was REALLY for saving our nation he would have picked Jesse Ventura as an ally. Now it seems Mr. Paul is directing support for his son; enough already. Shouldn't these people get a real job, go out and look for a real job. Tired of these generation and generations of government entitlement.
I plan to vote for the Independent...Ron Paul failed all of us.
Vote Independent...

Anonymous said...

PCR has joined the voter suppression campaign, which ends up benefiting the 1%, since the fewer people vote, the more the ruling minority gains in power.

If you boycott the election, the effect is to help the Republicans. PCR argues that there is no difference, and it is this cynicism which he uses to discourage voting.

Voting is a fundamental right; without the right to vote, all our other rights are useless. Therefore, when someone uses the old the lesser of two evils is still evil, they are promoting a position in which there is a moral equivalency.

Sometimes,folks, the only choices are bad so you have to choose the least bad. Normally, I vote for the Green Party, but this year, due to the voter suppression movement, which PCR is part of, I am voting all Democrats (which I have never done). Usually, my vote for the Greens is a protest vote, but this year, if you want to protest, you have to push back against suppression of Democratic voters (students and minorities) by voting FOR Democrats. If you do not, you are doing the Republicans a favor, and if anyone doubts they are the greater evil, they have not been paying attention.

PCR praises the left in South America but his arguement to boycott the election due to cynicism is exactly what the Republicans want.

I urge you to vote, either a protest vote for a 3d party or a protest vote to counteract Republican voter suppression tactics. People died for this right: boycotting a fundamental right plays into the hands of the Party which benefits most when the least number of people vote.

Vote 3d party and work for proportional representation or vote Democratic and work to push the Democrats in a progressive direction.

For all his rogue independence, Roberts is still shilling for the Republicans, and they appreciate it.


Anonymous said...

Wow......Socialism ? Ever see socialism suceed for more thatn 20 years? Who pays for it? the USA who pays almost ALL of the government needs????????The rich do.Its a fact.....Im a can have South America, maybe Hitler is still alive and kickin Paraguay!Your propaganda? Facts with rubbish..... much later......

Charles Pixley said...

Paul, perhaps you should visit Venezuela, and or Argentina, better yet move there! Apparently the Chavez, Kirschner, and their Stalinist regimes will make you feel more at home, because Obama hasn't quite gotten as far as they have. YET.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anony #2 above. Fuck it.

Only thing that makes me want to hit it is going against the gmo shit. But to consent to all the other scumbaggery no thanks.

No maybe I Might look at it this way. The govt is over run, might as well put nails in their coffin where we can, think of it as throwing rocks instead of voting. Just don't actually throw rocks, throw fucked up votes.

Maybe we should sign up as the wrong party?

I dunno anymore. Math say's the system is screwed. So that means we are screwed. Do I really want to throw rocks? Maybe it can help? I have to decide on the actual day I think.

Anonymous said...

Jessie Ventura is one of them. He appeared at one of those wrestling events with an Illuminati symbol on the back of his jacket.

Which goes to show that these criminals still think all of us are asleep.

Unfortunately, many still are.

Don't we know that they appear on both sides of any issue to muddy the waters?

The Most High God is not the author of confusion.

Richard Evey, Libertarian said...

Do not vote for an evil, if you do not vote you are sure to see evil in the white house. If you vote for the Libertarian GARY JOHNSON, you are voteing for liberty, freedom and what our founding fathers fought and died for. VOTE GARY JOHNSON, VOTE LIBERTARIAN

Anonymous said...

So just waste your vote? Ridiculous. There are Green party, Libertarian party, and other candidates the DO share your views. By voting for one of them, you really do show your displeasure with the "company" candidates. Until there is a "none of the above" on the ballot, find another candidate. NEVER SIT ONE OUT!

Anonymous said...

I am not voting. I think if people DON'T vote, that sends the strongest message of all. It shows you don't buy into their bullshit game. It shows you have a mind of your own and your not a mindless follower, or a conformist, programmable robot. It shows individual control, power, and that you won't be moved by "their" antics. It's very independent to not vote. The outside candidates (green, independent) don't have a chance. So why waste your valuable time participating in the crap-fest? In this case, actions (not voting)speak louder than words (ayes or nays). Neither of these guys represent "us". They are both elitists, working for the good of Monsanto, Bayer, Kraft... Multi-national corporations. Multi-national interests are not American interests, FYI.

Anonymous said...

Great article. Have fun voting on your electronic Diebold machinces with their secret software, morons.

Anonymous said...

I have voted for my entire life, and lectured and scolded others for not voting.

This year I will not vote.
Democrats and Republicans are criminals, and each has one reasonable person in their camp.
Kucinich begs people to not give up, plug their nose and vote for the least offensive Democrats.
Ron Paul begs people not to give up, to plug their nose and vote for the least offensive Republicans. Dirty pigs both of them!

Third party candidates are a realistic option, but any vote for D or R is a vote for your own enslavement and continued abuse.
Democratic party shill Dale can beg forgiveness for his sins some day. Such talent put to such diabolical purposes. Shame on you Dale.

Anonymous said...

The lesser of two evils is still evil.

Anonymous said...

The Democrats the LESSER evil? Seriously? When did you return to planet Earth?

I am fed up with both parties but that socialist sociopath in the WH has to go!

Anonymous said...

I find it pretty amusing that "Dale" called PCR a shill for the Republicans - lol - he obviously isn't paying attention. PCR is far more left-leaning than I'm comfortable with - but then I believe in the Founding Principles of self-reliance, honesty, integrity, and charity, and know that "progressive" is simply code for "Communist" regardless of how much the "Liberals" erupt with shrieks of denial when someone sees them for what they are.

By the way, I CAME from a Communist country so spare me the accusation that I don't know what I'm talking about - Obama (and Bush before him) are following an age old recipe for converting a country to Communism. Capitalism (which hasn't existed in the US since the days of Abe Lincoln) requires a MORAL people for it to work - and we all know how popular morality is with "Progressives."

What we endure now is Fascism or Corporatism, not Capitalism.

The two candidates we're offered up as "worthy" differ not at all in any *important* measure. Obama is Romney is Obama when it comes to *actions* and not rhetoric. They are both devout Globalists (believers in a New World Order) and identical in Domestic, Foreign, and Fiscal policies. With either one, we will have continued expanding Wars, an implosion of the economy, destruction of the middle-class, continued unpunished corruption in the financial and political world, state-mandated health insurance (another one of the planks of the Communist Manifesto, BTW), and an accelerating psychopathic/tyrannical Police State. Romney and Obama have the same goals: the destruction of the United States - they just work at it from opposite directions. Think of them as two lumberjacks working on opposite sides of a tree - the end result is the same - the tree is chopped down.

Unfortunately, Gary Johnson isn't much better. He STILL doesn't "get" Israel - we should let them fight their own damn wars - and he's a lot like the NeoCons in many ways. He has a few Libertarian ideas, but he's either ignorant or complicit in areas that make him equally unsuitable to change anything.

On the subject of voting or not voting, I'll pose a rhetorical question: Does your vote really matter if you are basing that vote on false or incomplete information? If all you are fed are lies and propaganda, do you really have FREE choice? Top that off with the fact that electronic voting was *designed* around vote rigging and Stalin's quote comes to mind: "It's not he who votes that counts, it's he who counts the votes"

Abstaining from voting is a way of protesting the system - stripping away it's legitimacy. What would it be like if nobody voted because we all knew the system was rigged anyway? Either way, we're screwed - but at least it might send a signal that we're not so stupid as to think that we actually had a "choice" or that the candidate we chose was actually going to CHANGE anything. If elections truly changed anything, they'd be illegal.



DON'T VOTE! That would be so cool if everyone could actually get something as big as that together. We are way too divided to pull something like that off, but it sure is a thought. I vote for Diebold, they always win.

Anonymous said...

Someone will be elected whether we decide to sit this one out or not. So, then, by not voting at the polls we actually choose between two selections -- casting a vote or "voting" our conscience. Both are meaningful but only one counts. Remaining on the sidelines is not an option. There are many local races that will be decided by the few who choose to vote at the polls.

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