Man, America! We are a jaded bunch! The feeling in the air is thick, especially after the 2012 party conventions.
Polls show that the motivated voters who turned out in record numbers in 2008 aren’t even sure they’re voting this time, let alone who they’d vote for. The tremendous buzz of 2008′s “Hope” and “Change” has dwindled—first down to a hope for change and then just a change in hope altogether. Bring up Obama and Romney and you’re bound hear responses like the (actual) quotes we’ve collected in the last few days:
“What’s the difference?”
“Puppet on the left or puppet on the right?”
“Douche bag or shit sandwich?”
“Both parties are controlled by the New World Order, so it doesn’t really matter who gets in.”
To me, this tepid glass of almond milk still looks half full. The negative public responses confirm that people have been doing their homework. The atmosphere of resistance proves the democratization of information in our era. Streaming live at the tip of everyone’s fingers is access to unreported news, underground information, alternative health remedies, and exposés on our most powerful industries and decision-makers. The John Robbins-Michael Moore-Enron-9/11-InfoWars-Monsanto-bailout era has caused truth-seekers to dig deep and share widely.
With the mass-use of technology, we all know something about marketing now. In an age where it’s obvious when politicians are bought and sold and only giving us a sanitized, polished, PR-spun version of the truth—or straight up lying through their teeth—it’s crucial to wield our political power in the most effective ways possible. I believe the voting booth is still powerful—at the very least in sending the message that the masses of us are still alive and kicking. Even if they shred our ballots, they’ll still know we showed up to be contended with.
But better than the voting booth, I believe that going vegan is the most effective and powerful tool of our time.
Regardless of our elected officials, there are 7 billion people on Earth making choices every second. We can choose to pressure, starve out, or bolster local and global economies through our habits, practices, and dollars. Veganism is inherently tied to issues of animals, health, chronic disease and healthcare, water supplies, GMOs and biotech, global food distribution and world hunger, the environment, land, sea, and air degradation, climate change, natural disasters, energy and war, immigration, labor, and workers’ rights, womens’ rights and feminism, racism and classism, outsourcing…the list goes on. No meal, no purchase is neutral. By making vegan choices, we can reach every major industry and every corner of the earth.
So. DO vote at the booth in the 2012 Elections. DO occupy politics. But even more importantly, occupy your mouth. Go vegan.