David L.: Glad we agree on the deal with superdelegates. The primaries should be about the popular vote.
Daniel F.: That’s why we have a Constitution which specifies limits on what the government is allowed to do. If democracy is “two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner,” then liberal/constitutional democracy adds the restriction that dinner can’t be the sheep. (Not that the system has ever actually worked very well)
Rayn: As I explained to you previously, Daniel, I wholeheartedly agree with Lysander Spooner, who stated, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
In my song, America, written in 2003, I stated the following:
“Ever since the institution of the Constitution revolution’s been the only solution to fight the mind pollution
You can’t invoke the rights that Yah has given humans then demand exclusion of His children
According to your will instead of His
So, you can choose between who dies and lives
That is the definition of demonic
And, ironic because you front like it’s a product of Enlightenment
You’ve washed the blood that fills your past with words that whiten it
And, we’re inviting ignorance to flourish
Cuz, every time we fail to stand, we nourish
The propaganda; made to turn this nation
Into the Land of Occupation
With genocide and slavery for everybody in creation
Through domination based on false elections
With confiscation of our full protections
And, full suspensions of the checks and balances we’ve never truly mastered
Bastardized inside this bureaucratic nightmare slash disaster that’s been after us
And, won’t be happy ‘til it captures us
‘Cuz, every day we live should be a day adapted to corruption
A day that we fall back from real discussion
A day that we’re distracted and do nothing
A day we trust in
A government that’s absolutely murdered
That never seems to be concerned with liberty or justice
Because it’s come to bring the opposite
It wants a hierarchy with its eye on the top of it
Is for the blood that flows from shore to shore
Is for the wash that covers up its core
Is for the seas and skies; all seized for war
America, America, what are we fighting for?”
Daniel F.: You’re not exactly going to change anything about our society just by sharing stuff on Facebook. In fact you’re even less likely to effect any change if you don’t even vote. If voting truly made NO difference, the republican-controlled state legislatures wouldn’t be hell-bent on coming up with underhanded ways to disenfranchise those demographics most likely to vote against them.
That doesn’t mean always voting for “the lesser of two evils” if neither (major party) candidate is acceptable. While a third party candidate is (probably) not going to win, voting for a third party candidate at least expresses that you do not consider either of the main party candidates to be acceptable. A blank ballot also says pretty much the same thing. Where as staying home can be interpreted as “I was too lazy to get off my ass to go to the polls to vote.” If anything I would argue that people consistently voting for the “lesser” of two evils is why the democratic party has become just as much of a shitshow as the republicans; because they believe they can count on enough votes from people who are absolutely terrified of what the republicans would do if they had complete control they believe they can act (or probably more accurately, not act, as they mostly just allow the republicans walk all over them, when they’re not going out and signing treasonous trade agreements like the TPP) without accountability to the people. While not voting for the less bad candidate might result in the worse candidate winning, it sends a message that the less bad party needs to clean up its act if it wants to win in the future.
Rayn: “You’re not exactly going to change anything about our society just by sharing stuff on Facebook,” you say, Daniel? Well, it’s a good thing I don’t just “shar[e] stuff on Facebook,” then, eh? I don’t often mention it, because I’m not the type to engage in shameless self-promotion, but since you press the issue, I will point out the fact that I am, indeed, a writer, an artist, a lyricist, and a producer. My friends know this very well. And, I have enough confidence in my works to create and master my own website, paying a monthly fee in order to freely share my creations with the entire world wide web. I even offer a creative commons license for almost my entire body of work. Feel free to check it out, anytime:
I’ve also hit the stages of NYC and NJ, alike, to spread my message of peace and liberty through the mediums of poetry and music, as well!
Besides this, I even made a song with Refugee Allstar, John Forté, which is available for free download, and has been well-received by the public:
I also made a video for the above song, which is available on YouTube, and has also been well-received by the public:
But, I must point out, of course, that my artwork certainly does well on Facebook, too:
“Fascism,” by Rayn – 253 comments – 17,124 shares – 2,200+ likes on FB page, “Free and Equal”:
(Interestingly enough, I’ve never even shared this particular piece. I merely set my FB artwork album to “public,” which allowed others to find it on their own)
Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan Rates Rayn’s Music and Artwork on Facebook:
Rayn: “In fact you’re even less likely to effect any change if you don’t even vote,” you claim, Daniel? That is FAR from FACT, and history doesn’t agree with you in the slightest! In the interest of consistency, I think I’ll reject such fallacy, and take my own advice, from my article, “Statism Represents the Ultimate Cult Religion of Slavery and Murder”:
“…Please, please, please, DO NOT let horizontal enforcement from the Critical thinking-free majority sway you from following your own conscience, here! Fully Vacate The State, and you’ll NEVER LOOK BACK! Your “VOTE” represents nothing more than your ACTIVE CONSENT to a system of LIES, THEFT, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING, SLAVERY, GENOCIDE and DEATH-WORSHIP, since its VERY INCEPTION! For the sake of your JUSTICE-AND-PEACE-LOVING SOUL, finally, finally, finally SAY NO, already!!!!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!
You’ve Got to Stop Voting:
Here’s just a TASTE of the article, ‘South Africa endured many years of violence under the Apartheid regime. Many people and countries worldwide boycotted Apartheid, but the US government insisted on supporting the Apartheid regime, saying that while the US abhorred Apartheid, the regime was the legitimate government of South Africa. Then the Apartheid regime held another election. No more than 7% of South Africans voted. Suddenly everything changed. No longer could the US or anyone else say that the Apartheid regime had the consent of the governed. That was when the regime began to make concessions. Suddenly the ANC, formerly considered to be a terrorist group trying to overthrow a legitimate government, became freedom fighters against an illegitimate government. It made all the difference in the world, something that decades more of violence could never have done.’
Read the rest, and your heart will thank you! ❤“
Perhaps, you’d prefer to interpret the vast majority of South Africans staying home as meaning, “I was too lazy to get off my ass to go to the polls to vote,” but the rest of the world CORRECTLY interpreted it as meaning ONLY ONE thing: I DO NOT CONSENT!!!
Rayn: “If voting made no difference…,” you claim, Daniel? But, that’s not even my position! As far as I can tell, voting absolutely does make a difference! It legitimizes the “authority” of an “elect” ruling class over a large group of subjects, while simultaneously SUPPLANTING the voices of those who ACTUALLY DO WITHDRAW CONSENT! As I’ve stated before, Voting is the means by which “a criminal-caste of plutocratic parasites manufacture the outward appearance of public consent from an entire “nation” of Individuals in order to supply themselves with blanket-legal-straw-man-cover for their continued use of theft, murder, rape, kidnapping, wars of aggression, and war crimes – all as a matter of policy, and all under the guise that they are actually providing said public with some sort of protection against criminality!”
Understanding this coercive system of American “democracy” all too well, I have long-ago withdrawn myself from it! I utterly refuse to negotiate with political terrorists! I will not vote them into office to rule over me, as these morally-bankrupt sociopaths are not my masters, and I am not their slave! As I’ve previously remarked, in my article, “Vote for a Pathological Liar Who Won’t Even Acknowledge All Human Rights, or Refuse to Consent to Injustice?“:
“I do not consent to be governed by injustice, and I will not negotiate away even one of my natural-borne rights in exchange for the worthless recognition of another. Furthermore, I will not negotiate away the natural-borne rights of any other individual in exchange for the worthless acknowledgment of my own. If our natural-borne rights are not inalienable, then they are really just privileges by another name…”
Lysander Spooner said it best:
“In truth, in the case of individuals, their actual voting is not to be taken as proof of consent, even for the time being. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, without his consent having even been asked a man finds himself environed by a government that he cannot resist; a government that forces him to pay money, render service, and forego the exercise of many of his natural rights, under peril of weighty punishments. He sees, too, that other men practice this tyranny over him by the use of the ballot. He sees further, that, if he will but use the ballot himself, he has some chance of relieving himself from this tyranny of others, by subjecting them to his own. In short, he finds himself, without his consent, so situated that, if he use the ballot, he MAY become a master; if he does not use it, he MUST become a slave. And he has NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE than these two. In self-defence, he attempts the former. His case is analogous to that of a man who has been forced into battle, where he must either kill others, or be killed himself. Because, to save his own life in battle, a man takes the lives of his opponents, it is not to be inferred that the battle is one of his own choosing. Neither in contests with the ballot – which is a mere substitute for a bullet – because, as his only chance of self-preservation, a man uses a ballot, is it to be inferred that the contest is one into which he voluntarily entered; that he voluntarily set up all his own natural rights, as a stake against those of others, to be lost or won by the mere power of numbers. On the contrary, it is to be considered that, in an exigency into which he had been forced by others, and in which no other means of self-defence offered, he, as a matter of necessity, used the only one that was left to him.”
It’s the basic principle of force. Plato acknowledged it well when he said:
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
Here’s a helpful video, that lays bare the fact that “voting” is not freedom:
You, yourself, appear to acknowledge this fear that yet keeps you running to the polls for “change.” You willingly admit that “[Democrats] believe they can count on enough votes from people who are absolutely terrified of what the republicans would do if they had complete control,” and “not voting for the less bad candidate might result in the worse candidate winning.” Is your vote a form of consent, then, or is it merely COERCION created by a charged atmosphere of political bullying? Will you continue to allow another man, or a group of them, to spy on you, to threaten you, to rob you, to assault you, to threaten to kidnap you, and to generally disenfranchise you, simply because they promise to do it “less” than the next man might? Similarly, would you allow another to engage in crimes against peace, bomb civilians, occupy foreign lands with a standing army, and outright steal property and resources from your fellow man so long as they promise not to direct their conquest towards you? And, finally, would your apologistic consent to such an arrangement not be the hallmark of a coward and a slave?