Then I was reminded of an 'Aggie' story I heard while living in Texas. An Aggie comes home unexpectedly to find his wife in bed with his best friend. The Aggie goes to his nightstand, pulls out a gun … and puts it to his own head. When the wife and friend start to laugh, he says, 'What are you two laughing at? You’re next!'
And that pretty much sums up how I feel about boycotting the election. Sure we have a lame choice – between the sorry-ass Democrats, and the scary-ass Republicans. But by blowing this one off – or even casting a vote for one of the worthy third party candidates – we are shooting ourselves in the head. We are missing an opportunity to make this election mean something other than what the lame-stream media is telling us it means.
By overwhelmingly re-electing Barack Obama, and restoring a Democratic majority to both Houses of Congress, we can send a powerful message to the world, to our leaders and most importantly, to ourselves.…
…Finally, here is a stark yet pertinent quote from Proverbs: 'Where there is no vision, the people perish.' The Democratic Party 'leadership' has no vision. If they did, and if they clearly articulated a pathway to a future where the Golden Rule overrules the rule of gold, this election would be a no contest. So we … those of us awakening to the sane, healthy and coherent vision of a world that works for all … must speak and live that vision forward. This time, we must 'vote past' Obama for the world we know is possible. If we are successful, and we show the power of money that all their money couldn’t buy this election, our body politic will have passed a very important test … and we will be ready for true engagement across the red-blue divide. We do not know at this point the final outcome of the election. But I think one thing seems certain. Come rain or come shine, the upwising will continue. Awakening awareness is unstoppable."
Read full blog post at Steve Bhaerman's Notes From The Trail blog
From Paul Wingate