From a link ML posted:
TRANSCRIPT of "If Voting Changed Anything", spoken word by Jello Biafra
from Jello Biafra's album: _I Blow Minds for a Living_
also on: _The Bat is Back--An Alternative Tentacles Record Sampler_
(date? sometime after Pete Wilson being elected as CA governor...)
How many of you out there think this country's a democracy?
Or is it really more of a one-party state masquerading as a two-party
state? The Democrats are on the inside what the Republicans are on
the outside--each having almost identical financial backers to grease
all the appropriate orifices and holes.
So maybe it is no surprise that Ron Brown, head of the Democratic
National Committee and a Jesse Jackson protegee, has announced a Fall
Democratic Party endorsement for Bush's war against Saddam Hussein...
Did you VOTE for the Pentagon?
Did you VOTE for Wall Street?
Did you VOTE for a nuclear arms race?
Did you VOTE for the CIA?
Ever try reading the _Bill of Rights_ to a cop?
People didn't vote for "Star Wars."
People didn't vote for "Drug Wars."
People didn't vote for acid rain.
Noone voted for being homeless.
Hardly anyone in this country votes at all anymore...
Meanwhile, people in places like China and South Africa are out there
dying just for the right to vote.
But in America, people take it for granted and they just pout and they
stay home: figuring [that] their wishes aren't respected anyway.
They don't make people like the popular myth of JFK any more.
They don't make people like Martin Luther King any more.
(And if they did, the cops would just kill 'em anyway.)
So why bother? Doesn't matter.
As the spray paint on the wall so often says: "If voting changed
anything, they'd make it illegal."
After all, if the will of the majority of the eligible, or even the
registered, voters in this country were really respected, guess who'd
be President right now?
NOBODY! Noone would be President! Noone would be Senator! Noone
would be Governor! And probably noone would be D.A. or Mayor, either!
The White House would be occupied by Nobody...'cept maybe a few
homeless people tired of freezing across the street.
Capitol Hill would be accountable to Nobody. (Is that such a radical change?)
"None of the above" came in second for senator in the Republican
primary in Nevada last June. And it seems to me [that] there's a
similar reason why DEAD people keep winning local elections.
How many of you pay taxes?
I pay taxes. I confess.
And the only reason I pay taxes is out of fear of getting busted for
not paying taxes.
But I would GLADLY pay those taxes, and maybe quite a bit more when I could,
if I knew that money were being used for real needs of real people.
And I went on vote strike for years myself. But I got talked back into it for
this reason: local ballot initiatives...state ballot initiatives.
"Yes or no on rent control"...
"Yes or no on domestic partners"...
"Yes or no on pollution control."
Things that we can decide for ourselves because the people we put in power are
too chicken to do it on their own.
Urban renewal and youth centers instead of "Drug Wars" and Nazis with guns and
And, [another reason to vote] keeping Bible-thumping bigots from sneaking onto
your local school boards...
And, who can deny how delicious it tastes to vote down another sports stadium?
And just imagine what COULD HAPPEN if there was a spot on every office on
every ballot where you could check off "None of the Above"!!!
And if "None of the Above" came in first, they would have to have a special
election like they do when a congressman dies or resigns or something...and
only NEW CANDIDATES could run...instead of the bozos that got rejected the
Think of the possibilities. We already vote "yes or no" on judges.
Do you think Rehnquist and his creepy crew would be so sadistic towards our
daily lives if we got to vote "yes or no" on them every four years?
In a little-known Gallup Poll in the 1988 election, 30% of the people that
actually voted said that they would have voted "No confidence" on both Bush
and Dukkakis if there had been a place on the ballot to do that.
And guess how many people, in a CBS Exit Poll, said that they were
dissatisfied with existing nominees: SIXTY-FOUR PERCENT (64%).
So this is not such an unpopular idea...
The last Soviet Union elections were more democratic than ours.
Instead of picking the lesser of two evils, ([like] having to choose between
Feinstein and Wilson for governor and then running to the nearest toilet),
people voted by crossing off all the candidates reject[ed]...so [they] could
even vote out people running unopposed! And no election was valid if less
than half the people voted. The result? Out of 1500 races for the Congress
of People's Deputies, nearly 200 had to be rerun.
But just like over there, getting rid of the crooks and turning things around
for real will probably REQUIRE a revolution. Let's hear it for revolution!
The kind of revolution that the people of Rumania, Czechoslovakia, and
Nicaragua thought was impossible until they actually went out and did it!
The kind that will only happen over here when more people realize that
overthrowing the rich is not just in our own best interest:
it's a hell of a lot of fun!
In the meantime, it's not a bad idea to pay attention and to react to those
local ballot propositions in your own back yard before someone else does it
And maybe start getting those petitions together to make "No Confidence--None
of the Above" a choice on every ballot on every ballot for every office in the
Wouldn't take that much time, wouldn't take that much money, and it sure as
hell beats staying home...pouting...turning on the television...and being
greeted with Governor Wilson!http://hackvan.com/pub/stig/rants/biafra--if-voting-changed-anything