Please Vote! ACTION ITEM

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By Rowan Wolf

I know that there are good arguments to be made for people not to vote. However, I cannot bring myself to throw away a right which was so hard fought for by our foreparents.

I also know that the fewer people who vote, the more likely that 1) ultra-conservatives will win, and 2) that a very small group of voters voting as a block (like the tea partiers) are likely to win.

I know this benefits the Republicans and that they are counting on people disenfranchising themselves. This election is not about Romney becoming President, it is about Ryan becoming President. They are looking at the end game which they have been fighting for in a concerted way since Ronald Reagan became President. They are licking their chops at sitting down to a final feast on the once great American experiment. While it is an experiment that has yet to fulfill its promise, I do believe we can ultimately get it right.

We are at a critical point, This is the most critical cusp in my life time – politically, environmentally, economically, and socially. We have the uber-conservatives who want to corporatize everything, hand the money from people’s hand directly to corporate hands, and then go to sleep. They want total power and they will have it.

Romney and the uber-conservatives have doubled down on failure and they truly don’t care about Romney. They have melded a perverted form of Christianity with an even more grotesque “capitalism” which will be a true exploitation machine – for as long as it lasts. The earth will scream under the heel of exxonshell, the war machine will roar with drones in air and sea and  smiling “jockeys” with their game boy toys, while the victims cry tears captured laughingly on the drone cameras – reshown like home movies replete with pop corn.

Obama may not be much better, but there is a difference. We must continue to guard the walls of life and sanity for there is no doubt that the threat exists. But we must continue to fight.

So I beg you to consider voting if you have not. Vote your local ballots and your federal ones. We can try to get a progressive voice in Congress and the State Houses. I am tired of the nibbling at our liberties. The far right is very scary in their reactionary mechanisms. We must respond with a strong voice. Please be that voice.


TAKE ACTION THIS JUST IN from The Free Press via my email”

Just minutes ago, Ohio voting rights advocate Bob Fitrakis filed a lawsuit in federal court demanding the removal of secret software recently installed on all ES&S, Inc. voting machines in at least 25 Ohio counties.
This proprietary software allows vote tabulation numbers to be wirelessly sent to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Four million Ohio voters – that is 80% – depend on these machines to accurately report their vote. Now, those votes will be initially reported via an easily intercepted wireless transmission.
Together with Free Press and other key advocates, we released the news about the lawsuit at a press conference just now at the National Press Club in D.C.. Fitrakis Skyped-in to the press conference and gave us the latest. He called on everyone, “concerned about our democracy to call the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and demand the removal of this suspicious software.
Please do it right now. Call the Ohio Secretary of State’s office at 1-877-767-6446
With the clock ticking, every hour brings new reports of serious voting rights violations. We can’t wait. We need your financial support and personal pledge so that we are ready to respond.
  1. Sign the  Pledge of Action and forward it to everyone you know.
  2. Donate to our Rapid Response Fund.
  3. Organize a  Voter Assembly in your community for Nov 7th, the day after the election.
  4. Report election irregularities and voter suppression.
You can read some of the early coverage of the lawsuit by clicking here.
Yours for Democracy,
   ~ Sarah Manski

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