We Need Election Transparency, Integrity & MORE Parties [FFON 212-15]

It’s Election Year in the United States. That means a lot of people will be yelling on social media about how if you don’t vote their candidate of choice, you’re probably just as bad as Hitler and you should be cancelled as a person. And this year the contention is at an all time high. There are some who believe the only way forward is Voting Blue No Matter Who. This is the people’s desperate attempt to just get Trump out of the White House. This is the Establishment Democrats’ desperate attempt to keep gaslighting the American people into thinking that they’re the party of morality!

Voting Blue No Matter Who won’t fix things! The harsh reality is that Donald J. Trump did not create racism. He does use it to his advantage, because he’s a representative of a broken system. The same broken system that Joe Biden is a part of! The same broken system that has both parties gleefully practicing discrimination of all kinds. Lest we forget that Queen of the War Mongers & Democratic High Priestess, Hilary Clinton called black kids ‘Super-predators’ and was against gay marriage.

Democrats have co-signed Tough On Crime bills which disproportionately put black people in Prison. Barack Obama, aka King Progressive NeoLiberal – which is a gross statement to say out loud – deported more immigrants than his Republican Predecessors. And this isn’t an excuse to let Republicans off the hook. They’re just more blatant with their ignorance and dislike for civil rights! 

It’s like going to see a band you like. You know they’re going to play the hits, and the Republicans consistently play the hits of homophobia, racism and a dash of anti-Socialism. The Democrats are pretending like they have new songs, but then wind up playing the hits and then you realize most of their band is from the Republican’s band! So in reality the Democrats are just a Republican cover band!    

Trump also didn’t invent Greed. He’s one of many benefactors of it. Obama did put Citibank in charge of his cabinet and then received half a million dollars in speeches to Wall St. You don’t get paid that much money to to call them bags of rotting cocks wrapped up pus covered greed for an hour! You get paid that much to be a celebrity, smile at them and say “good job, all your dads love you!” for like 30 minutes.  

Remember in this most recent pandemic, both parties doled out money to help Wall St. while the American people had to wait for a month for one payment of $1200! That was an agreement made behind closed doors with no representation of the people. Apparently the meeting went until 2am, which is well past the bedtime of the average oppressor. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sealed the deal over a blood orgy sponsored by Coca Cola! 

And with that we must remember that Trump didn’t create poverty. He did redefine it though. Poverty and the income divide was growing larger and more cavernous for the past decade. And that’s what happens when you leave the economy to a bunch of hucksters, fraudsters, cheats, liars, fuckwads and tricksters! 

These two parties are one and the same. And if we can start from there, we can realize that voting blue no matter who won’t work. We will wind up seeing the same history start over again. If they lose the Democratic Party will go back to blaming Bernie Sanders, third parties, Russia, you mother, Russia’s mother and continue a McCarthyist temper tantrum like a spoiled teenager trying to celebrate their bot mitzvah-quinceanera, despite being white and Catholic! 

And if they win, we’ll have the same corporatist system we had before. Which will give another fake populist billionaire to come in and say all the things the working class wants to hear only to cheat them in the end! So why take a step backward to repeat the vicious cycle of abuse again? How many times do we need to hear the hits till we’re sick of it! I don’t know about you but I’m pretty burnt out by listening to Free-Market-bird!

The Duopoly has asked you to pick a color and drop your values. That’s literally what ‘Vote Blue No Matter Who’ is asking you to do! And you HAVE to pick between ONLY Red or Blue! For fucks sake, Crayola gives you more options than that! The Democratic Party claims to be for inclusion and diversity but has forgotten how diverse the color spectrum actually is! It’s ROYGBIV, not RB! What about OYGIV!? This is spectral discrimination and I for one won’t stand for it! So why are we not building a system that allows for more options instead narrowing the field down to 2 bands of color, both representing corporate and private interests. 

After 22 years of living in America, aka the Corporates States of the United American Exceptionalism, I got my citizenship. This means I finally have the right to vote. The only reason I decided to do this and give up my Indian citizenship was to vote for either Tulsi Gabbard or Bernie Sanders. And because of the duopoly the options are now between 2 corporate, war mongering, woman hating, egotistic, walking flesh piles of narcissism that have never cared about me as a citizen or immigrant. And I refuse to vote for either of them. 

Now I have a bunch of lefties, liberals, progressives, family and friends telling me that I have to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of 2 evils! Voting shouldn’t be treated like it’s a fish market! You shouldn’t hold your nose, make a decision and then hope that the smell doesn’t follow you home. It will and it will linger for decades and the whole country will smell like rotting fish carcasses! 

Voting for me and every other immigrant that had to fight through xenophobia, racism and pay a bunch of money to ascertain the right vote, isn’t something that we take lightly. And neither should you as a someone who’s had the right and privilege to vote! Americans have a passive, passing relationship with voting. Americans pull a lever and feel like the job is done and then they can sit back and keep watching NCIS till the cows come home. Voting isn’t a half hearted handjob that you get through watching Scott Bakula keep New Orleans safe! It means something! It’s about making sure your beliefs are represented by that person you pull the lever for…it’s like a full hearted handjob with the TV off and a lot of eye contact! 

Vote Blue No Matter Who is a kitchie way of saying “give up on who you actually are and be who we tell you to be!” It encourages you to be disassociated with politics which influences your day to day life! Vote Blue No Matter Who is an incredibly offensive idea, and is what we should be fighting against. Instead of cancelling each other, we should be cancelling Voting Blue No Matter Who!

As an Immigrant that finally has this right to vote bestowed onto him by a White House built by slaves, I gotta say, I’m not all that excited to exercise this right, based on not only the awful candidate choices from the duopoly, but the process of voting in America. Voting in the States might be more atrocious than the candidates we are told to vote for. The Voting process is so bad in America that when asked to describe the process international election observers just showed a photo of a garbage can on fire. 

There’s a ton of ways that the American election system is fucked, but in terms of the voters, a fair & balanced amount of fuckery happens right at the polls particularly in the Democratic Primaries! The voting machines themselves are hijacked by corporate interests that work with Democratic National Committee, which is a private corporation that owns elections. This basically means we’ve privatized elections and turned it into a product. “Get your votes here! $5 and you get 2 Biden votes! $27 for a Bernie, but $5 gets you 2 Bidens! It’s a Biden fire sale!”

In a lot of states the voting machines are owned by corporations, which have proprietary codes that only they can look at. In these states, the voter goes in, casts their choices, then gets a print out of their choices with a barcode or QR code. The only people who can access that QR code is the corporation that owns the voting machine, so there’s no way for us to verify whether our votes got recorded the right way! So you voted for Bernie, but the machine is programmed to turn every 3rd or 4th vote to Biden. 

We can confirm these via Exit Polls. These are polls taken to gather demographic information and make sure that the machine results match what the ACTUAL votes are! In most nations, if the Exit Polls show a 2% discrepancy, the votes have to be recounted or redone entirely! In this election alone, we saw a lot of States showing over 8% discrepancy between Biden and Bernie votes! This is basically America looking at anything authoritarian dictator and saying “Fuck you, we can wreck our own Democracy!” Who needs Russians when we got the Democrats! 

Here’s what the Exit Polls from this year’s election show!

In 2016 this was the same situation. In states like Arizona, Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina and more the Exit Polls were off by 4-8%. And even the independent company that ran these Exit Polls said that when they released these numbers they “adjusted” them to fit the machine results. This is not just election fraud, but it’s a mismanagement of mathematics, which is a fundamental constant in the universe! This is a crime against the Universe! These people shouldn’t be allowed near any numerals for the next 500 years! 

When the DNC and their partner corporations are called out for cheating the American people, they responded that they don’t owe fairness to anyone. They said in a court of law that they are allowed and will continue to cheat in order to win. And those are the Democrats, the ones that we believe are good guys. The good guys just claimed it is their legal right to cheat Democracy! They said in front of a judge that they’re allowed to have an electoral cabal, which kinda sounds like the lamest cabal.

The Republicans have instated gerrymandering and Interstate Crosscheck, which in the general election ensures that voters with the same last name would be kicked off the count. This primarily affects minority voters, and if they have to sacrifice a few Smiths and Joneses along the way, so be it. They will be the sacrificial lambs for the Republican’s electoral cabal, which is equally as lame as the Democrats’. Who says the duopoly can’t achieve equality. They are equally lame and worthless.   

And the Republicans and Democrats are so proud of the way they manipulate American Democracy, they’re ready to ship it to other nations. That’s what happens when you privatize Democracy, you start packaging it. Maybe ‘Banana Republic’ isn’t just selling boring ass shirts to boring ass people, but also boring ass elections to countries that don’t need it. 

But this is the basis for every war we wage across the world. America claims to bring Democracy to other countries by way of the American Military! This is basically the Electoral equivalent of Shia LaBeouf yelling ‘Do it’! It’s the literal equivalent of a shotgun wedding between Democracy and countries that aren’t sure what this Democracy is and why it keeps yelling at them!    

One of America’s newest targets of our Democracy Exports is Venezuela. And Venezuela doesn’t need our version of Democracy. They have one of the fairest and best rated election systems in the world! They use a mix of paper ballots, biometrics and machine voting to ensure fairness in their election process. America bringing them Democracy would be like the US offering Mayo as a spice to India! It’s offensive and that shit will spark World War 3! 

As poet laureates, The Wu-Tang Clan have said, ‘cash rules everything around me’. Elections are no different! Most politicians are not working on policies to better the lives of their constituents, states, districts, cities, etc. etc. They spend most of their time fundraising. It’s roughly between 30-70% of the time fundraising. They spend the rest of their time reenacting scenes from NCIS and performative politics.   

Now the most you can donate to a candidate is $5200, which in 2016 came from about 400 families or 57,854 individuals. That’s .2% of the population and they contributed to over half of the finances of political campaigns in 2016. If you can contribute $5200 to various candidates and still have money left over for a jet-ski, you’re basically a political pimp and these politicians are your bottom bitches! And if you’re offended by the terminology and not the robbery of our election process, you’re not getting the fucking point! 

A Princeton study has shown that there is a rising correlation between legislation that is passed with the view of the Economic Elites. The more the elites want something to happen, the more likely it will happen. But when it comes to the views of the people, there is a flat line. Meaning no matter how much consensus there is amongst the people, the likelihood of legislation passing on our behalf stays the same. 

This is where the notion of partisanship comes from. The Democrats blame the Republicans, and vice versa for not getting things done. And the people that have more allegiances to these parties than each other start quibbling about which master is kinder in their oppression. But the reality is that both parties don’t care about the people and only listen to the donor class. This is not a duopoly, but a monopoly! One snake with 2 heads! This is proof of a Democracy for Fundraising. This is proof that we’re living in a Kleptocracy, which is a fancy word for a stolen Democracy, which is a nice way of saying Trash Fire! 

And there have been instances where both parties have been far more blatant about their allegiances to donors and delegates. Oh that’s right, the election process in America involves Delegates that choose the candidate, supposedly based on the people’s voice, which makes voting even more of a clusterfuck. The delegate process is like ordering from a drive-thru menu. You said you wanted the veggie burger with a chocolate milkshake and a side of fries, but instead you get a literal garbage fire!  

1912 Republican Teddy Roosevelt wanted to push back against the corporate direction of the Republican Party. 9/13 Primary states chose Roosevelt but Taft was nominated by the party instead. That’s because Taft went directly to the delegates because he knew they make the decision anyway. This led to the creation of the Bull-Moose Party, more on that later. 

In 1968, Hubert Humphrey was selected as the Democratic nominee after he campaigned…in ZERO states! The people rioted when they found out that their votes didn’t matter! So in order to gain the faith of the people back, the Democrats let the populace select the nominee. In 1972 they chose George McGovern, an anti-war, left wing populist. In response to that the DNC tanked his campaign against Nixon by running smear campaigns and pushing “Democrats for Nixon”! But hey “Vote Blue No Matter Who” right? If you ever needed any proof that there was one party in this country, it’s from the reality of “Democrats For Nixon!”

This version of Democracy should be left behind! It’s controlled, manipulated and doesn’t work for the people it claims to represent. It does work for profit and the donor class. We need something better. We need to throw this version of Democracy in the trash and light it on fire!

With the privatization of our election system, it has become evident that we need a new system to be put in place! One of the options that is being discussed is Ranked Choice Voting or Instant Run-off Voting. This system looks for a true majority in the election system, which is someone with at least 51% of the votes. 

Rank Choice voting sounds complicated, and it is if you’re only using 2 neurons at a time or the duopoly of neurons. But it’s really not as hard as you might think. If you have multiple candidates running you select which candidate is your number 1 choice, your number 2 choice, and so on. And if there is a candidate you’d never vote for ever, then you just don’t have to pick them, period. 

Rank choice voting goes through rounds of voting. All the number 1 choices are counted. Then the candidate with the least amount is eliminated and all their votes are redistributed amongst the rest of the candidates. This is where the ranking system comes into the play. The redistribution is based on who was their number 2 choice. And then we repeat till we reach a true majority. 

A lot of corporate candidates don’t like this system of voting because it’s not about the donor class. It also means they’d have to reach out to voters who don’t fit their base. So it’d mean Democrats talking to Conservatives in the middle of the country and not calling them ‘a basket of deplorables’ or conservative cuck magnets. And it would mean that Republicans talk to Liberals without calling them libtards and snowflakes. It’s also going to mean that Progressives and Independent candidates talking to neoliberals without calling them shills.

I know this sounds like it’d be a longer election process, but in reality it would mean we can have the same length for the electoral process but make it more worthwhile. The debates would be about discussing ideas and why they’re valuable to people of varying beliefs instead of each candidate trying to dunk on each other to see who can get the soundbite of the week! 

The claim is that this is less of a Democratic process because it doesn’t choose an instant winner but that’s also false. Rank Choice Voting is far more democratic because it means that people’s voices actually matter in the election system. It doesn’t force you to make a choice between the lesser of 2 evils, which is still voting for evil! 

We should really stop doing that. Voting for the lesser of two evils is the real version of when your friend asks “Gun to your head…”, and then says the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard! I don’t want to choose between getting kicked in the balls or directly inside in my asshole! This is why we don’t invite you out to things, Randy! Making the lesser of two evils argument is like having 2 people with guns to your head asking you to choose which bullet you’re willing to take. I get that’s an extreme example, but voting for evil is a pretty extreme decision. 

Rank Choice Voting eliminates that argument. Rank Choice Voting makes us more involved in our politics. You have to know what each candidate stands for and why they are your particular numbered choice. We become a more informed populace this way. It encourages conversations with people with differing ideologies because our leaders are doing it too! It’s no longer a passive relationship with politics & voting. This is the full hearted handjob we talked about earlier.

It’s a lot harder to manipulate election results with Rank Choice Voting. In the 2002 Irish Elections they counted over 16,000 pattern variations for 44,000 voters. Now the drawback is that this is going to take longer to verify and count the votes and that’s ok, because this is voting, not a drive-thru where you get something that barely passes for food!  

Ireland’s not the only country with Rank Choice Voting. Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Estonia and a lot of the EU countries have chosen to use it as their form of Democracy! In America cities like Minneapolis are adopting it. Maine has been using it for their elections. And even states like North Carolina have used it in judicial elections. They get rid of it when they realize that people are gaining a bit more power and money becomes meaningless in an election.  

Some people have called Rank Choice Voting a gimmick. But they fail to see how a photo op with a Bible is a gimmick or bringing a snowball into Congress to disprove climate change or pretending you care about Black People by wearing African garb is a gimmick! Rank Choice Voting isn’t a gimmick, our current voting system that leads to performative politics is! 

Rank Choice Voting lets you vote with your beliefs intact. It also shows the diversity of beliefs with how many pattern variations you can have in the rankings. This encourages us to be more understanding, intelligent and compassionate about ideas. We vote for ideas rather than mascots who tout they’re winners or losers.

The key aspect of making Rank Choice Voting work is having more than 2 parties. Actually in America it’d be great if we had 2 parties, but as we’ve discussed they’re both parties of money and were for Nixon’s racist Drug War and racist regular war too! In America, the so-called Third Parties like the Green Party, Libertarians or even the Socialist Party are called spoilers. 

Calling Third Parties spoilers has always been an odd thing to me, because not once have they given away the ending of a Marvel movie. But they do represent the end of the corporate monopoly of the American Election Dumpster Fire so I guess in that way they’re giving away the ending…so maybe they are the spoiler. They’re a spoiler to a dying Empire. Spoiler Alert, it’s going to die!

Without a Third Party the Republican Party wouldn’t actually exist, because they were in fact a Third Party! The Whigs and the Democrats were not listening to their party members who didn’t want to see slavery in their society anymore. So in 1854 a bunch of members of the Whigs broke off to create a new party! The absorbed members of various fringe parties in the process. 

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the Kansas-Nebraska 

Act which wanted to make Kansas & Nebraska slave states. The members of the Whigs were opposed to more slave states, but when the leadership disagreed, it gave birth to the Republican Party. Their first State convention was in Jackson, MI in 1854 and then in 1856 their first NATIONAL convention was in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA! They didn’t try to organize in the Southern States! 

So to recap, the reason why the Republican Party was created was to fight against slavery and was formed in northern, working class cities! They stood against slavery and for expanding the banks, higher tariffs on the rich, and FREE land to Farmers! That’s right, they were Farming socialists! Everyone hear that, that’s the sound of all the Republicans’ hearts bursting at that knowledge.

This was the party of Lincoln! This is why Lincoln won and when he did, he gave a bombastic speech! He said: “When you speak of us Republicans, you do so only to denounce us as reptiles, or, at the best, as no better than outlaws. You will grant a hearing to pirates or murderers, but nothing like it to “Black Republicans.” […] But you will not abide the election of a Republican president! In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, ‘Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!’”

Lincoln is basically calling out the spoiler argument in 1860! It was a bullshit argument 160 years ago and it’s a bullshit argument now! So what the hell happened to the Republican Party? They seemed far more progressive in 1854 than in 1954 and most definitely in 2054. If we continue on the same trajectory the Republicans might just turn into the National KKK Super Hitler Party. 

After Lincoln’s assassination, the party had grown and had 2 factions; the Radicals and the Moderates. Sound familiar? By the time President Grant was in office in 1868, the Radical Republicans – which is such a weird phrase to say – were in control. These guys were forming Unions, mobilizing voters in the South and fighting off the KKK. 

That’s right the Republicans were fighting the KKK! So with that knowledge, the next time the one of these white washed Modern Republicans claim to be the Party of Lincoln ask then when was the last time they broke up a Klan Rally or kicked David Duke in the dick!? If the answer is never, they’re not the Party of Lincoln! Really the modern Republicans dare not compare themselves to the Republicans of the yesteryears, aka the Afro Klan Hunters!

By 1872 there were at least 7 Black Republican Congressmen from the Southern States. This was despite the fact that the South was particularly difficult for the Republicans to gain a massive foothold and become a biracial party. And this brings up the notion of the Confederate Statues Look this is about where we should draw the line for Confederate Statues. If you built a statue before 1872, then fine, leave your loser heritage up. If it’s after 1872, it’s not heritage, it’s you being a massive dick and the sorest of losers! After 1872 the Republican Heritage should include these Radical Black Republicans!

The trouble begins in the 1880s when the Republicans start losing steam because of German and Irish Catholic immigrants who begin to support the Democrats and the fact that the Republicans became sober. This is probably where all the anti-immigrant rhetoric comes from for the party. But you know, I don’t remember shit on immigrants being part of the 12-step program! 

The Republicans started calling the Democrats the party of “Rum, Romanism and Rebellion” Rum because the Dems were linked with the Tavern keepers, Romanism because of the Irish Roman Catholics and Rebellion to remind folks they were trying to break up the union during the Civil War. 

By the time of the McKinley Administration in 1896, the Republican Party started becoming the party we see today. President McKinley vowed to decrease tariffs and developed a partnership with big business like the Rail Companies. With that in mind he promoted the idea of Pluralism, which meant he was aiming to get prosperity for all via the first version of Trickle Down Economics, an idea that will go on to fail for over 100 years. William McKinley went for the money and started transforming the Republican Party into the Party of Privatization. So really the modern Republicans are the Party of McKinley, who was assassinated. They should take note of that. 

But the Republican is party is responsible for the birth of one of America’s Third Parties besides itself. In 1901 Teddy Roosevelt became President. By the end of his term he saw what the party was becoming and started denouncing it. He states: “Again and again in my public career I have had to make head against mob spirit, against the tendency of poor, ignorant and turbulent people who feel a rancorous jealousy and hatred of those who are better off. But during the last few years it has been the wealthy corruptionists of enormous fortune, and of enormous influence through their agents of the press, pulpit, colleges and public life, with whom I’ve had to wage bitter war.”

As we mentioned earlier, William Howard Taft was chosen to be the Republican nominee despite Teddy Roosevelt winning 9/13 states in the 1912 election. He was so disillusioned by the system, Teddy Roosevelt created the Progressive Bull-Moose Party of 1912. He ran on a Square Deal, which had 3 goals: Conservation of Natural Resources, Control of Corporations, and Consumer Protection. He’s already out-lefted most Modern Democrats! He also wanted to “dissolve the unholy alliance between corporate business and corporate politics!” 

Teddy realized that only the Devil could come up with an alliance between business and politics! Only the Devil would enact an idea as fiendish as math manipulation! Only the Devil could make evil so fucking boring! I mean look at what God was doing! God sent his kid down to turn water into wine, walk on water, raise people from the dead, punch bankers in the dick – very exciting stuff! But the unholiness comes from those bankers making legislation to fuck over the Working Class and a blatant overuse of use the words ‘hereto’ and ‘thou’! 

The Bull Moose Party took 20% of the votes in 1912. They tied with the Republicans. Unfortunately, the party disbanded because most of its members just wanted to win instead of driving real change. But 1912 was a big year for new parties, because the Socialist Party of America was also taking hold!

In 1912, Eugene Victor Debs was running for President under the Socialist Party of America! There are some folks who consider Bernie Sanders the Eugene Debs of today, but that isn’t true. In 1884 Debs was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. He was a Union man and hence introduced bills to help the families of injured Rail workers. He gave riveting speeches that led to these bills passing in the House, but left to die in the Democrat controlled Senate. Debs did not run for the House again, because he saw the Democratic Party for what it was – a corrupt soulless party that is willing to let its people die for money.

Debs left the Party, Bernie did not! Bernie Sanders tried to reform the party from within, Debs realized that the Party is unwilling to reform. He saw that over a hundred years before Bernie Sanders! But Bernie wants to be liked by the Democratic Party, but they never will like him. They’ve spent the better part of a decade demonizing him and his flagship ideas. Bernie has become the nerd that desperately tries to win the friendship of the jocks only to get tackled over and over and over again! Bernie Sanders is no Eugene Debs. 

Debs left politics to start the American Railway Union and led the Pullman Strikes of 1894! This was one of the many times that the American military was called to fire upon its own citizens to break up strikes. In order to prevent a General Strike, which would be a peaceful protest, the American Military, under the order of the Insurrection Act, used its force, killing 30 strikers, injuring 57 others and causing $80 million worth of damage!

You know how your parents would threaten to turn the car around if you don’t shut up? This was the Government’s version of that, but instead of going home they ran the car into a Walmart and then blamed the kids! 

The rich Railroad tycoons used their media propaganda to turn the public against Unions, blaming them for the damage and the death and put Debs on trial. After a 6 month stint in prison under conspiracy charges, Debs came back to create the Socialist Party of America and ran for President 5 times. His goal was to create a system that would empower workers and reduce Militarism in America!

He challenged Capitalism every time and pointed out how the Democratic Party is not for the Progressive! He says: “The radical and progressive elements of the former Democracy have been evicted and must seek other quarters. They were an unmitigated nuisance in the conservative counsels of the old party. They were for the “common people” and the trusts have no use for such a party. Where but to the Socialist Party can these progressive people turn?…Every true democrat should thank Wall Street for driving them out of a party that is democratic in name only, and into one that is democratic in fact.” 

In 1911 leading up to his run against Woodrow Wilson he’s quoted to say “We should seek only to register the actual vote of Socialism, no more no less. In our propaganda we should state our principles clearly, speak the truth fearlessly, seeking neither to flatter nor to offend, but only to convince those who should be with us and win them to our cause through an intelligent understanding of its mission […] Socialism must be organized, drilled, equipped and the place to begin is in the industries where the workers are employed.”

He was the first and true candidate that was running as an Organizer in Chief. In 1912 Eugene Debs got one million votes, that’s 6%. He got no national attention and was virtually a nobody in the Political arena. In 1918, at age 63 after giving an Anti-War speech he was imprisoned under the Espionage Act. That’s right, the big tough American War Machine was afraid of an elderly Socialist in Derby Hat! 

So what was his 1918 speech all about? Debs points out that only the rich make war and only they decide the terms of peace. The Middle Class, who would fight in these wars, don’t get to be involved in that process. Which we don’t. When was the last time an average Iron Worker was ever invited to any of the Treaties of Paris?  And if we REALLY think about it, when was the last time you heard the word treaty in our lexicon? The answer is 1898. We’ve pretty just replaced the word treaty with ‘SUBMIT’!

After his speech that pointed out how the Middle Class has been cannon fodder for the arms industry in a battle for imperialistic control of power and resources, Debs was sentenced to three-10 year prison terms and had his right to vote revoked! This is the origin story of the Prison Industrial Complex! We don’t treat prisoners like they’re people, we treat them like turncoats in a revolution against nothing.

In 1920 he ran for President again FROM PRISON and got another 6% of the votes! Imagine how well he would’ve done was he not a Political Prisoner!? During his time in the Atlanta Penitentiary, he was a major advocate for Prison Reform! He was liked so much by the prisoners that when he got out, the prisoners had made him a hand carved cane.  

6% of people rejected the Democratic Party in 1912 and 1920. 20% rejected the Republican Party in 1912. Over a quarter of the country rejected the duopoly over a hundred years ago! So why is it that Americans can’t do that a century later?

America is thought to be a country of winners. Going against the American way of Exceptionalism and the corporate duopoly is said to be a loser. The reason why we choose to vote to win rather than vote our beliefs is because we have an election system that says you don’t matter unless you’re the winner! But voting against your beliefs means you’ve already lost. Our passive relationship with voting makes us forget that life is political. Healthcare, race relations, immigration all affect how you feed your family, your health and your job! If you don’t engage in politics then you don’t engage in life! If we want to win, we have to burn our apathy in the trash and support the fight for a new system!