The matter of choice cuts both ways. Here is an interesting thought from Sam Holloway at Church of the Bad News. I was tipped off by my college friend Guy Rittger. And, you will be glad to know in his most recent post, Sam critiques boycotting Election 2012 – which I never had thought I was advocating but he has a point – as it must be accompanied by something more concrete and constructive. He pushed me more toward a third party candidate to be sure.
It’s a clear demonstration that millions of us are willing to allow atrocities to be visited upon others as long as our own privileges are left more or less intact. We don’t care how many foreign brown children Obama exterminates as long as the wealthier among us still has access to health care, abortions, etc. Let’s be clear– I’m not suggesting those are trivial issues. However, if you accept a situation where you have access and others don’t, then you are reducing these basic human rights to privileges. The same goes for your right to due process; if you tolerate Obama’s extrajudicial killings, then you are saying that life is a privilege that you deserve and that others do not. In addition to being morally reprehensible, this approach leaves you open to having your own privilege (to health, security, life, etc.) revoked at any time.