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New Call For Mass Refusal
Take The Pledge--Don't Vote For President!
October 6, 2004
An Open Letter To
And Forth On MassRefusal
"No Draft -- Ever!" by Sheldon Richman.
"Watch Out For This School Note" by Paul Vitello. Should we sell our kids' names to the U.S. military?
"Vote, Or Revolt?" by Beth Henry.
"The Antiwar Movement Is Not Progressive -- And That's A Good Thing" by Dave Stratman.
"The Movement Needs A Plan For 2004" by Dave Stratman.
"Refuse To Vote For President In 2004" by John Spritzler.
"No To Politics, Yes To Mass Refusal" by Dave Stratman.
"Stop The Endless War, Boycott The Volunteer Army" by Doug Fuda.
"No, Voting Won't Work" by John Spritzler.
"Fake Democracy" by Dave Stratman.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2004
from New Democracy
Our government sent 160,000 troops to invade and occupy Iraq in a war based on lies. The Democratic Party and the media have been fully complicit in this criminal aggression. Meanwhile the government makes war on working-class Americans. It gives tax cuts to the wealthy, attacks pensions and health care, and ships jobs overseas.
This war exposes the huge chasm between our system and real democracy. In a real democracy, people would be truthfully informed, not systematically lied to, by their government. We would be encouraged to debate peace and war fully. Our young people would not be sent to murder other innocent people in the name of "liberating" them.
We live in a fake democracy, a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich.
Now the rulers are using the 2004 presidential campaign to keep us from seriously questioning the system from which have sprung this and countless other wars and social wrongs, pretending that electing Dean or Kerry or Kucinich will change society. The elections are designed to create an illusion of democracy to prevent real democracy from emerging.
Politicians are front-men for the system. To challenge the system we need to take away the system's lifeblood: the illusion of democracy. We need to refute the lie that our government represents us. Therefore we call for Mass Refusal to Vote in the 2004 presidential elections.
LOOK TO THE PEOPLE
We the people are constantly told to look to politicians and officials as the force for change. We are encouraged to be passive consumers, not informed actors shaping society. But to make real change, we must look to ourselves and each other as the source of political power.
In a movement for Mass Refusal to Vote and real democracy, we can find in ourselves and friends and communities the power to move mountains and the vision for a better world.
I agree not to vote in the 2004 presidential election and work instead for real democracy.
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