Not Voting Sends Strong Signal
Not voting sends a strong signal! Not voting when one has options sends a powerful message of uncertainty; a sentiment tremendously disliked by stock markets, and, therefore, wealthy corporations and governments.
The new civil disobedience is uncertainty and its bedfellow change. Parties with the most to lose will use fear and the same promises to sway voters. Remember that this fear is not your fear (the voter), it is their fear of losing because of unbroken promises.
Election is the people’s opportunity to excise the will of the people. And not voting, exercises that power by deeming the choices unacceptable.
Currently, in the USA, Democrats are afraid that minorities, particularly in communities of color, will not mindlessly vote Democrats, so fear of the GOP racist regime is used maintain undeserved loyalty. In effect, Americans vote against candidates rather than for a candidate.
In the last several years, a Democratic president and senate, improving economy and sky-rocketing markets, have not changed the dire plight and future of black and brown people. As a matter of fact, that future appears dimmer as access to quality healthcare, education, and housing diminishes, and police violence creates adversarial trajectories.
How do people hold politicians accountable?
Elections! As noted, laws are helpful but cannot be relied upon for justice. Demanding accountability means Change… and change means not accepting the status quo.
Making a third option available in a two-party system: That third option is not to vote. Choosing the third option is a POWERFUL option of protest because of the element of uncertainty. Orchestrated well, uncertainty can evolve into a viable people’s party.
“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.” – Malcolm X
Choice enables creativity as well as communicates preference. Continuing to vote for the two parties means accepting the rules of broken and corrupt systems, as well as unwitting support of injustices. To vote for a candidate out of fear is an illusion of choice, compounded by lack of justice.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein