Tomorrow November 3, is an election day in San Francisco….It is basically a city, or municipal election, but it has a lot of local ballot propositions included besides the choices for Mayor, Sheriff, City Attorney, District Attorney, Treasurer,and the Community College Board…All in all, it is not a very sexy ballot, it is not like the elections for the primaries or like voting for the President or the Governor, but I feel an obligation to vote anyway…
The ballot propositions are especially crucial, because this is where they speak a lot of double talk and misleading political gibberish that can easily confuse most voters, including me….But these are as crucial or more than the Mayor’s race etc, because it is here that they try to sneak past unwary voters issues that affect the very quality of life in the city, such as Short Term Residential Rentals (read AirBNB, or short term rentals)) or Defining Clean, Green and Renewable Energy….Some of these are slam dunk issues, but many are cleverly worded and they make it sound like a Yes vote is the obvious choice, but actually a No vote is our best interests…
I have been a little discouraged lately about the sheer amount of voter apathy that is prevalent in my neighborhood alone, which I am afraid is a pretty fair cross section of the city of San Francisco as a whole…I have talked to young people and older people, and the amount of cynicism and apathy about voting seems to me to be reaching record highs…
There are a million excuse for not voting, like I don’t have the time, I’m too tired, this is not a major election, but the primary reason for voter indifference to me is that people feel it doesn’t matter HOW they vote, that the system will ignore them and lurch and grind on to it’s own self serving interests anyway, no matter what they do…This is only partly true….
I make it a point to vote in every election, even the more boring ones like tomorrow’s, because if I don’t I will have a guilty conscience when something I could have voted against gets passed into law and I am left out in the cold, stuck with a law that I would surely have voted against…There are too many laws anyway, and it is getting harder and harder to decipher the code words, catch phrases and tag lines that the big commercial interests always sneak onto every ballot….
Because make no mistake about it, the more sinister, cold blooded and commercial a ballot initiative may be, there is a hard core of dedicated capitalists that WILL make the effort, that WILL muster support, that WILL make sure they sneak by a confused, apathetic public something inimical to most of us but very good, and usually this means very profitable, for themselves….
I am especially worried about this next Presidential election in 2016, because the super wealthy elite and cut throat un-American fascist 1% are poised to hijack America with their use of unlimited donations through the Super Pacs, which are virtually unlimited financial campaign contributions to the candidate of their choice,and they cater to the haters…….
According to my Google sources Super Pacs are defined like this:
“Super PACs are independent political committees that support a candidate with unlimited, often anonymous, donations from companies, unions, or individuals. The groups can’t contribute directly to a candidate, but they can run favorable ads about a candidate—or negative ones about their favored candidate’s opponent. Most of the ads sponsored by super PACs are negative and take considerable liberties. The people running the PACs are typically closely connected to the candidate the PAC supports.
The PACs are required to release the names of donors, however, a technicality in the disclosure rules allows donors to remain anonymous for months. Disclosure can be completely circumvented by PACs that create affiliated nonprofit 501(c)(4) organizations, which are not required to release the names of donors.
A relatively new phenomenon, super PACS proliferated following the January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that said the government cannot restrict the spending of corporations, unions, and other groups for political campaigns, maintaining that it’s their First Amendment Right right to support candidates as they choose.
The Citizens United decision opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of money to be poured into political campaigns. It also dismantled the McCain–Feingold campaign-finance law that banned issue ads and soft money (funds contributed to the Republican and Democratic National Committees, and to the party committees in each state) in political campaigns.In the majority decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.”
This is hogwash, lies and blasphemy of the highest order….Through a technicality, the Supreme Court inadvertently opened a door that the fascist 1% have kicked in with their jackboots…The 1% are contributing billions of dollars from their corrupt robber baron family riches to promote, elect and buy the politicians that will continue to support their fascist causes…
In most cases, these are usually hard core Republican fanatics like Senator Rubio from Florida, or Senator Cruz from Texas, who are already so far to the right that they are obvious toadies to the 1% and probably owe their present offices to them….. They are already bought and paid for, so expect more of the same racist, anti immigrant, anti gay rights comments to drip out of their poisoned, corrupted campaign speeches…This includes of course the infamous Republican “war on women’, where the Republicans seem to be blindly trying to move the country back a 100 years with their anti abortion and freedom of choice legislation…
Thank goodness that another true fascist like Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has already been forced out of the super crowded Republican pack of nominees by a lack of campaign funding….Although he blamed Donald Trump’s outrageous blabber mouth, shoot from the hip, elitist billionaire attention seeker comments for his withdrawal….
Mr. Walker’s pointed rebuke of Mr. Trump gave powerful voice to the private fears of many Republicans that the party risked alienating large parts of the electorate — Hispanics, women, immigrants, veterans, and most recently, Muslims — if Mr. Trump continued vilifying or mocking them as part of his overtures to angry and disaffected voters…..Even the Republicans know Trump is a dangerous, big mouth clown….
Make no mistake about it….Through their cynical manipulation of the Supreme Court rulings, the 1% are making a concerted power grab to seize the country and turn it on it’s ear, to remake America as a country of the wealthy, for the wealthy, by the wealthy…This is a clear and present danger to the democratic system as we know it, as the Founding Father’s meant it to be, one vote for one person, equality and justice for all….
The 1% are fascists, the same as Hitler, the same as Stalin, the same as any third world dictator, and with the current funding campaign contributions available to them, they are buying up every right wing politician they can to support their evil, elitist oligarchy….
The only way to defeat their rancid, sick fascist viewpoints is an alliance between the young people, the immigrant rights supporters, and all the minorities, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Gays and Woman’s right’s advocates….Their old style, old white man penchant for authoritarianism, nationalism, militarism and preserved class hierarchy are right out of the fascist bible….
Don’t let them get away with it! Exercise your hard won franchise to VOTE and make your opinion heard…If you do not, we are all doomed, and it will be too late…Take ACTION, not APATHY as your freedom of choice allows and encourages you to do, and vote down these right wing fascists, upset their evil intentions, block their transparent power grab! Let’s take back our country while we still can! Together, we can do it!
For more information about Super Pacs, see http://www.infoplease.com/us/government/super-pacs.html
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