Most Americans chose not to vote.
By their absence they voted against the system.
They thumbed their nose at democracy
And democracy thumbed its nose back at them.
By staying away from the polls
They assured the continuation of corporate power,
Privilege for the few, and obscene military might
To defend this power and privilege.
Most Americans who did vote
Cast their votes for one of our two military parties,
The Democrats and Republicans, assuring
The continuation of our country’s war machine.
By our absence and by our votes
We again ratified power over reason,
Privilege over justice, and corporate greed over
Fundamental human rights and dignity.
Surely, if only we had thought more about our world,
So weighted down by weaponry, war and poverty,
We could have done better by our democracy
Than we did this election day in America