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Recently I sent an email to a few peace lists with an article about our President that most of us voted for in 2008, Obama: $70M in new military aid to Israel and saying that those who need to vote should vote for Nobody. I said, tongue in cheek, that Nobody would not disappoint and was better than voting for “the lesser of two evils.”
Most people, as usual, ignored my email but a few responded saying that it would be better to vote for a human being than Nobody, specifically the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. A few of us exchanged emails back and forth but at the end not voting or voting for nobody seemed wrong for many.
I knew there have been other campaigns to elect Nobody or None of the Above in other presidential elections but did not realize that it started in 1975 on Haight Street in San Francisco. The official Nobody for President campaign is a humorous approach to elections designed to encourage people to register and vote. It continues today.
My email to vote for Nobody was not to encourage persons to vote or an anti apathy statement but was to call attention to how much time, energy and money is spent on a presidential candidate that distracts us for the real issues of changing our society. Change starts with a change of heart not with electing one of the two candidates the military/corporate/educational complex give us.
So in short, if you feel the need to vote, consider voting for Nobody. Nobody will not disappoint and will send a message to our government that we need our democracy back.
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