I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers being sent my way in regard to my Grandmother. Rest assured they do not fall on deaf ears. I appreciate each and every one. I am doing really well with the situation. She has lived a good life. I have always been close to her so nothing is left unsaid. I truly hated not writing the last couple of nights. As all of you know, I am quite passionate about politics and the issues of our country. Taking away my time to write and more importantly, my ability to read all of your responses and debate with you all is definitely a tough thing for me. I enjoy it so much and consider so many on here to be friends. Tonight’s guest commentary comes to us from none other than Black Flag himself. You have often heard him make the argument against voting in one way or another. This expands on that a little…
How to Get There From Here – Part One
by Black Flag
You’ve read that refrain of mine on the blog many times. It generates a lot of emotional outbursts from many people.
But to my surprise, not one of you actually broke down my complaint and analyzed it. I was disappointed.
So, to refresh your memory:
Voting is worse than futile because it changes nothing and is merely the tool to accept your agreement of the system of rule over you.
Why? I offered 3 reasons:
1) You do not chose the candidates. They are presented to you.
2) You do not chose the issues. They are presented to you.
3) The elected candidate does not have to do what he promised. You have no control over them.
Thus, voting is only your agreement that the Power Elites have a right to rule you. It is nothing else.
Why do we know that voting in North Korea is a farce? Because there is only one name on the ballot and the people didn’t put his name there.
Why, then, do we not see that voting is a farce in the USA? There are only two names on the ballot and the people didn’t put them there either.
Does anyone really believe that just because there are two names on a ballot that the people didn’t choose makes any real difference from North Korea’s choice of one?
It’s not particularly good movie, in my opinion, however it offers a good insight into political power (if you look for it and ignore the rest of the mush).
Are you ready for it?
Voting can change things! …. Now pick yourself off the floor; yes, Black Flag says voting can change things.
Smarten up! Re-read my complaints about voting, and THINK!
Now raise your right hand and repeat this vow after me:
“I will never vote for someone that I, personally, have not placed on a ballot!”
For those who have children, one of the lessons we teach our kids is how to manage themselves when they are in trouble or lost. This is one of the most important lessons because it may save their lives.
We taught our daughter that if she is lost or in trouble, she is to go up to an adult and ask for help.
We taught her to NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM AN ADULT who goes up to her and offers it!
Because 99.99% of adults are good people and they will help a child in need. The odds that she will pick a helpful adult is 1000 to 1 in her favour.
But those that prey on kids look for and watch for children in trouble, and PRESENT THEMSELVES as helpers to the kids!
Now, many adults who do go up to kids to help aren’t bad at all and honestly want to help. However, the odds are significantly higher that a predator is among that group of ‘offering-to-help’ adults.
Therefore, our daughter would refuse help from an offering adult and instead go and pick out an adult on her own, thus keeping the odds of avoiding predators well in her favour. (This lesson applies to women in trouble (like a car problem) and hitchhikers)
The same with voting.
The man you do not want to give political power to is the man who wants it.
Yet, that is what is happening when you accept candidates on a ballot – all of them are the ones that want political power – precisely the ones that should not get it.
So, put your own candidate on the ballot!
Now I don’t mean go and accept some other person whose hand is waving in a ‘pick-me-pick-me’ sort of way.
I mean look around your community and ask yourself, “Who among us has the intelligence, the integrity, and shares the same values as I that will properly represent me?”
When you find that person, organize others who share those same ideals as you, get their names, and signatures, and then go to that person and ask them to run for political office.
Tell him that you and those that signed this piece of paper will work on the campaign to elect him, and you will help energize the community to support his candidacy.
Of course, he will be surprised. He never thought he should be running, didn’t want to run, and probably doesn’t want to run. He is the perfect candidate – the guy who doesn’t want the job. He’s not out to run your life or make the world into some perverted vision of his nightmare.
Because you picked him, he is probably honest and will do what he says he will do.
Because you picked him, he shares the same concerns about the same issues you do.
Because you picked him, you put him on the ballot and he is your candidate and representative in every sense and meaning of the words.
Now, your vote has power.
What are the implications of this? Well, take some time to think about that while I compose How to Get There from Here – Part Two – Civic Government and The Grassroots
(PS: That is a hint…)