We will not be voting in the 2012 presidential elections and invite you to join us. We intend that our action be seen as a conscious act of protest, to be counted as a Vote of No Confidence in the upcoming federal election. We are doing this in the spirit of Henry David Thoreau, who said that while it is not necessarily a man’s duty to devote himself to the eradication of what is wrong, nevertheless, “it is his duty, at least to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support.”
In the face of:
• Seemingly endless, horrific, unjustified, and largely unwanted U.S. military occupations and covert operations worldwide,
• Increased surveillance, censorship, and unjust incrimination of U.S. citizens,
• Widening income inequalities,
• Collusion and control of government by corporations and lobbyists,
• Environmental degradation, and many other wrongs,
It appears, by the choices we are presented with by the Democratic-Republican Party, that we have only the choice of voting in support of this direction or of not voting at all. Therefore, not wanting to do further harm, we will not vote at all.
Instead of being distracted any longer by this destructive political masquerade of false hope and empty promises of change, we will now choose to focus our energy on creating positive change based on humane, non-violent values and personal relationships.
On Election Day, and other days, rather than wasting our time voting for the lesser of two evils, we will spend our time considering and discussing the following passage from Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience: Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect and that will be one step toward obtaining it.
Please take a serious moment to consider the power and effect all of us could have if we let the media know how many dissatisfied citizens there really are. Consider not compromising this election season, but signing this petition instead! Together, let's demand a better government. Together let's create a better government.
Peter and Kristin Buckbee