The Best You Can Do in This Election
By Donna J. Warren
When a system fails at every turn, the best you can do is tear the system down
and build it again. Government auditors give this advice to defense contractors
making billion dollar weapon systems for the United States government, and this
is the advice this former DoD (Department of Defense) auditor gives to the
American people -
Tear down the U.S. electoral system which limits elections to two parties and
build a multi-party system to allow electoral institutions and electoral forms
to follow the one-person one-vote rule.
The current two party system opposes free elections and forces people to vote
for the candidate of the Republican Party's or the Democratic Party's choice.
This elitist system continues to deny independent and third party candidates a
place on the ballot, and betrays youth, communities of color, and the world who
overwhelmingly oppose Bush and would support Independent Candidate Ralph Nader,
the only proven candidate for civil liberties and against the war in
Iraq, if they could.
How can the American people tear the system down in this election year? Simple,
vote for Nader and watch the malfunctioning U.S. electoral system
When I reviewed contractor systems for multi-billion dollar government
contracts, my customer, the contracting officer (CO) understood that a broken
system negatively impacted government contracts, delivering inferior products
at overpriced prices. It was therefore my job to ensure that the system was
adequate to reasonably assure proper pricing, administration, and settlement of
Government contracts in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Our electoral system is like that broken contractor system but this time the
customer is the voter who pays for inferior democracy with our liberty.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch" Benjamin
Franklin told us while "Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the voteĻ
My job as an auditor was to ensure that the "system" was adequate so the
Government wouldn't be screwed; it is our jobs as citizens to ensure the system
of democracy is adequate so the people don't get screwed.
"But if I vote for Nader", many terrified of another four years of Bush ask,
"won't I elect George Bush?"
No, I don't think so! Bush will be elected with or without your vote because he
will steal the
election or declare Martial Law if you don't willingly give him your vote.
George W. Bush is a thief!
But a thief, you may argue, can't steal when he's being watched.
I'm sorry but the Democrats must keep their promises to their corporate
paymasters and keep a broken system going. In the election of 2000, the
Democrats stood idly by while 90,000 Floridian voters were denied their right to
vote. With very few exceptions, the Democrats will not protect your vote.
The Democrats made the monster George Bush! If not, how else could he destroy
our lives while the Democrats stand and applaud as Bush delivers lie after lie
Like the liberals in Germany who opened the door and formally let Adolph Hitler
into power, the Democrats welcome fascism by condemning Ralph Nader and third
parties, telling the people not to vote for the only voices who oppose fascism.
The Democrats voted overwhelmingly for the Patriot Act, NAFTA, the invasion of
Iraq, the bombing of Afghanistan, the bombing of a Sudanese pharmaceutical
plant, and the right-wing government of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
And the Democrats have yet to call for the impeachment of George W. Bush for the
forced removal of democratically elected Haitian President Jean Bertrand
NAFTA is destroying the American labor force and dumping environmental hazards
and slave conditions on the World. Senator John Kerry, the man Democrats want
us to rally behind, voted for NAFTA. Kerry pushed for most-favored nation
trading status for China, despite China's repression of unions and pro-democracy
activists. And despite its ability to overrule national legislation to protect
consumers and the environment, Kerry voted to bring the United
States into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Kerry supported the current Bush Administration's invasion of Iraq and in 1998,
called on the Clinton Administration to launch air and missile strikes against
Iraq in order to "end Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs". That Iraq
had already ended such programs some years earlier was irrelevant.
Kerry supports the right-wing government of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon,
sending billions of dollars to support the convicted murderer's occupation and
colonization of Palestinian lands and backing Sharon's policies of utilizing
death squads against suspected Palestinian militants while
opposing the Palestinians' very right to statehood.
In the eyes of many peace and human rights advocates, Kerry's contempt for human
rights, international law, arms control, and the United Nations is unforgivable.
The Democrats believe however that the nomination of Kerry will increase their
party's chances of capturing the White House. But in all likelihood, it will do
the opposite - for every hawk who might now consider voting for the Democratic
ticket, there will be at least one dove who will now be more likely to vote for
Thomas Paine said in the 1700's "If there must be trouble let it be in my day,
that my child may have peace." Nader and the Green Party are voices taking on
the trouble of our day so that we and future generations may have peace.
And this is the best we can hope for, not four more years of Bush but the people
tearing down the U.S. electoral system and building it again but this time
without the racist electoral college, this time without privilege for
rich white men, this time with one-person one-vote for everybody.
Donna J. Warren, is a director with the national board of Pacifica Radio, a
certified government financial manager, a former Department of Defense auditor,
and a former Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor of California. She may be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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