“I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. ‘I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.’ ‘ I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.’ ‘Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!'”
– Bill Hicks, Philosopher-Comedian
“John, you have to vote!” I still hear this line a lot from friends and family whom I love, and who I consider both intelligent and well-meaning. They typically understand that the corporate-sponsored US Government is hypocritical, bought-out, corrupt, and war-mongering, yet they still arrive at the bleak conclusion that investing in the mainstream political melodrama is the best possible alternative. For example, let’s briefly evaluate the pro-Obama camp: If we re-install Obama, maybe Medicare & Social Security will survive a bit longer. Maybe our constitutional and inalienable rights won’t be stolen away as quickly. Maybe the economic looting of the “citizenry” can be regulated. While no real historical or contemporary evidence actually supports any of these false notions, I understand why people think and feel this way.
I don’t want the less fortunate to go without either, and on a base level I want a fair slice as well. Obviously a Neo-Con/Republican would screw us over in a more brazen fashion, and obviously the Romney/Ryan pact was forged by Lucifer himself, but that does not eliminate the fact we’re obviously being exploited by the current “Liberal” Administration. At their core they embody the same aims, goals, and psychology as their “Rivals”. They both serve the same economic master. We are merely the human resources, collateral to be dealt with, pawns in their game. The Corporate-State and it’s team of paid actors are not in place to serve you or me. I for one refuse to be taken advantage of anymore. I refuse to keep propping up the Feudal States of America.
Giving into the “Vote or Die!” paradigm is basically representative of an abused, fearful, and dis-empowered person. We have been so bitch-slapped as a population, and have become so meek and helpless as a result, that we have literally developed what Joe Bageant called “Stockholm Syndrome of the Soul.” We now relate to our captors more than to ourselves. We are unable to imagine better solutions. We have passively become agents of imbibed values that are not our own.
It does not mean the dis-empowered are unintelligent, unlovable, unlikable, or without value. It simply means that as of now we cannot handle freedom, nor do we truly want it. We simply pretend we do. If we truly, deep down, did want it we wouldn’t hand over our sovereignty so readily to the least among us. If we had genuine self-respect we wouldn’t allow it to happen. Since we no longer pursue freedom, we now yearn for “Security” because we are never allowed to self-actualize and grasp the power each of us has to change our world for the better without an intermediary. We are constantly kept within a dense climate of fear so that our development as human beings is stunted. We have been made into zoo animal consumers, no longer an active or engaged citizenry capable of handling our own problems. Voting is not engagement. Watching “The News” is not engagement. Watching the Daily Show is not engagement. These are all displacement mechanisms for avoiding the work that needs to be done (internal and external, low-impact and high-impact). We need to leave the denial behind, and self-actualize. Or if you prefer, stay trapped on the Animal Farm.
Americans constitute approximately 6% of the world’s population and consume somewhere between 25-30% of the world’s resources. When we are not over-consuming at the expense of others across the globe, we allow “our” Government to create ungodly amounts of bloody conflict and disfigurement among other cultures to maintain “Our Way of Life”. It does not matter if a Democrat or a Republican is in office, the agenda remains the same. We cannot consider bipartisan government-sponsored genocide as “just another issue”. Even “citizens” who do not support over-consumption and war are at the very least complicit by engaging in the mainstream political theater.
The devils bargain most of us have agreed to is summarized as follows. First, vote one of us into office. Then give us your tax dollars at gunpoint. After that let us use those dollars to kill, rape, torture, and steal from other people you’ll never know or see from across the ocean (or the Mexican border) and we will throw you some political scraps and provide you with the illusion of security. We will prop up whats left of Medicare and Social Security for you (for now). Just shut the fuck up, turn on the TV, and let us deform another generation of Iraqi children with depleted-uranium shells. Let us fill another 25% of the worlds ocean with garbage. Let us destroy almost everything (culture, diversity, biosphere) so that you can feel temporarily at ease in this unstable world (instability that we in fact manufactured). We have arrived at the final devolution the Milgram experiment.
Milgram Experiment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwqNP9HRy7Y
Time to get our hands dirty, do things for ourselves, and cut out the middle man. Solutions I proposed in my prior essay are a decent starting point. We can do it. We the people are the creative force in this Universe. Governments and Institutions merely co-opt the value we create. You and Me. Me and You. We are One, but we are also separate, so I can’t do the work for you. The longer we continue to stay alienated from ourselves, each other, and stay mired in denial about what we are actually doing/accomplishing, there is no hope for the future. No inherently unstable economic “safety net” can keep you safe when reality comes knocking. We live in the softest dictatorship on earth, fighting back can be as simple as disengaging (ie No TV, No Shopping, NO VOTING), then moving on from there. No more excuses. Vote or Live? You decide.