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Vote For Whom?

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[Col. Recorded 7/18/04]

Let me state, from the onset, that I will not suggest who you should
vote for.

Nor should I.

I have not voted for over 20 years, almost 25.

As a captive in an American gulag, I cannot vote. It is therefore inappropriate for me to suggest what others may do.

If I were a prisoner in South Africa, which has granted the vote to the imprisoned, it might be another matter. Indeed, if I were in several European countries, that might be the case. But, I am in America, and it makes little sense for me to do so.

That said, I do offer several observations, that may prove to be food
for thought.

Please accept, or reject them, as you see fit.

Ultimately, it is virtually assured that many Americans, perhaps over 50%, in other words, a majority, will not participate in this year's upcoming election, as they did not in 2000.

It is a testament of the decline of democracy that so many Americans feel that a vote is a waste of time, and an empty exercise at the dawn of the 21st Century. Millions of such people, predominantly young, and working
class, seem to feel that elections are little more than a lost cause.

What is surprising about the current election campaign is the similarities between both major candidates.

Both are men of means, from well-to-do families. Both are Yalies. Both are members of the secret society, Skull & Bones.

I have seen an amusing cartoon-graphic of a sarcastic bumper sticker printed in a libertarian-type magazine, which reads:

[with graphic of US flag, with skull & bones]
One Vote, one party
NO choice

In the bottom, right-hand corner, in Olde English-style letters, is written: "Skull and Bones" [the graphic of this] "Yale University." It gets a grin out of me every time that I see it, for bumper stickers, which are a kind of
witty shorthand of oversimplification, tend to do this, if they're good.

It says a lot about the perceptions of millions of voting-age Americans, who really see these things that way, and as a consequence, refrain
from even the pretense of voting for what increasingly looks like a single party, with two heads.

It also encapsulates rather nicely the gist of the now-flagging independent presidential campaign of consumer advocate, Ralph Nader. To be honest, both men have varying styles, and different tones to their presentation.
That given, Senator Kerry can, by no means, be seen as an anti-war candidate. On a recent news program, the Democratic candidate spoke about "staying the course" in Iraq; a use of terms that flashed back to
the genocidal Nixon years, who said virtually the same thing when he wanted to shore up flagging support for the ruinous Vietnam War. I know that there are many people, perhaps millions, especially those most likely to hear, or read, these words, who feel, in their guts, that Sen. Kerry is the best possible choice. This arises from the growing ABB crowd ('Anybody But Bush').

The Sen. Kerry of today isn't the anti-war activist of yesteryear. He is, by his own words, a "tough-minded...internationalist", who wishes to "stay the course" in Iraq, preferably with European allies to split the cost in blood and treasure.

Who to vote for? That's your choice ...
but I thought you'd like to know.

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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