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2012 Referendum: Vote!

For left cadre, this election is more than a choice between Obama and Romney, both of whom represent the corporatist elite.

On the field of political combat, there’s both a tactical difference as well as a referendum on the State of Mass Consciousness.

There’s not so many of us that we can ignore this question.

Surrendering the ballot box to corporatist forces is hardly wise politics, or a good example.  Participatory democracy is already fragile enough.

While voting may be the coin of Caesar’s realm, especially given a mostly closed two-party system, both representing the corporate elite, it remains one of the means by which the body politic still expresses itself and has the potential  for conscious development; Historical Materialism 101.

Regardless of who wins (Obama, if he can restore his popular base, or Romney if he can get close enough to steal the election) for the first time in 80 years, since the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, the ghost in the machine is the subject of capitalism itself (99% vs. 1%).

Hitherto, at least in my 70 years (53 in the struggle), all of the mass-based protests have regarded subordinate issues such as civil rights, antiwar, human rights, etc. These are all aspects—as we know—of the overall systemic problem.

As we enter the anniversary of the Arab Spring, the European anti-austerity struggles, the growing radicalization of Latin America, and the numerous still-developing Occupy movements, I’m personally quite curious just how developed that issue might be in the American population.

Certainly, the corporatist right-wing prefer the more direct approach with Romney; their neo-liberals prefer the velvet glove of Obama. We’ve been living that naked revanchism now since GE’s Reagan, 1980…and losing.

The 2012 election, as I see it, is basically a referendum between those who accept that rule in whatever form and those with at least a modicum of liberal consciousness, our potential allies.

Naturally, you won’t find the question of capitalism per se on any ballot. Nor will we find the question of revolution there.

In the recent recall election in Wisconsin we lost, at least by bourgeois reckoning. However, despite more than $80+ million by the corporatists in that referendum, we did get 46% of the electorate…a clear issue and progressive vote. To me that’s a remarkable achievement. Revolutions have been won with less.

An analysis of the working class and politically progressive forces of the 46% is encouraging (as is any proper analysis of what we still have to achieve).

In November, by my reckoning, the total who vote for Obama and/or one of the progressive third parties, will potentially constitute that mass that we can count on working with and radicalizing further.

I’m not a nihilist; I’m not one who sees any profit in failure and the disheartening example it sets for the whole.

Even the Germans got tired of the conflict between the anti-Nazi forces and surrendered to the illusion of law & order…to their eternal regret.  I’ll be damned if I’m gonna surrender any potential field of revolutionary up front.  That includes the ballot box.

There will be those who vote for Romney, or empower his (s)election by not voting at all. One more cross that the rest of us will have to bear.

As I stated up front, my position is clear. At stake is far more than simply what personality is in the White House.

In particular, while Obama has pursued a variety of inchoate fascist state-security issues, and is clearly no enemy of corporate dominance, the alternative with Romney is a full-bore corporatist offensive.

Of no less importance, Obama is not in pursuit of the abject impoverishment (privatization) of the people and government.

Conscious cadre would have a clear post-electoral objective to oppose any neo-liberal administration. Perhaps some semblance of a brief respite from the boot on our necks…there are historical precedents.

If we abandon the post-electoral field, we can hardly blame Obama.

Dr. Publico

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