Opinion » Ted Rall

Boycott 2012 Election

Hey liberals! Time to stop getting rolled


We might as well have defaulted. Regardless of where you stand politically, the deal to raise the federal debt limit came too late for the United States to achieve its main objective, avoiding the downgrading of debt issued by the U.S. Treasury.

The Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating from a sterling "AAA" to "AA+," the same as Slovakia. That's exactly what would have happened had there been a default.

Everything about the way this deal went down, from the initial posturing to a compromise that will make the Great Depression of 2008-? even worse, along with Congress' total lack of concern for the hardships being faced by Americans, has people disgusted.

"The big loser after this exercise is Washington," Republican strategist Scott Reed told The New York Times. The 2012 election "has the potential to be an anti-incumbent feeling in both parties." Gee, ya think?

If any good comes out of the debt-limit fiasco, it's that this embarrassing showdown could serve as an overdue wake-up call to liberals who still have faith in the Democratic Party. Maybe these ideological rubes will finally accept the obvious truth: Those corrupt corporate-backed pigs just aren't that into us.

It is time for Real Liberals to kick Team Democrats to the curb. Next November, all you have to do is ... nothing. Don't vote.

In other countries, voter boycotts have a long tradition as a way to effect pressure on a non-responsive political system.

If you're a Real Liberal, you espouse liberal values, you think would make America a better place. If you're a partisan of Team Politics, you only care about one thing--whether the Democrats get elected.

Like Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter before him, President Barack Obama has sold out core liberal Democratic principles. He can't point to a single major liberal policy achievement. Even so, Team Democrats will vote for Obama in 2012. Team Democrats are Democrats first, liberals last.

Real Liberals, on the other hand, have no reason to support the Dems. Real Liberals care about liberal policies. Real Liberals give Democratic politicians the benefit of the doubt. But after they prove themselves to be a DINO (Democrat In Name Only).

First and foremost, the debt-ceiling debate was ridiculous from the start. The economy is at a standstill. Recent GDP numbers came in at a sub-anemic 1.9 percent, so low that the real unemployment rate of 21 percent will continue to increase. Foreclosures are emptying out whole neighborhoods.

In the end, the GOP got its cuts. The Dems didn't get a cent of taxes on the rich.

OK, Real Liberals. It's been three years. You know Obama's record. Obama never fights. When he does, it's for conservative values, like slashing the federal budget and giving our money to millionaire bankers.

Why would you vote for him, or any Democrat, next year?

I know, I know: the Even More Insane Evil Republicans would take over. What difference would it make?

How much longer are you going to tolerate sellout Democrats? How many more times are you going to stand in line to cast a vote for these treacherous scum?