So here it is, I'm going to say what's been brewing in my mind for the past several weeks. I no longer support my own government in any capacity. I quit. 'Freedom', 'liberty', and all the other opiates our rightist, violent, inhumane, and cleptocratic government offers up as reasons to continue our flag-waving support, are not worth the embarrassment. It is time for me to take the position openly that I have been not so directly advocating before, namely as an open dissenter to the entire governmental apparatus as it exists in current history. This does not mean that I am advocating any kind of violence or retribution. To the contrary, I am taking this individual action as a way of not being implicated in the violence my country perpetrates. It simply means that I, both as an academic and as an individual citizen, will no longer play along.
I am joining the increasing ranks of thoughtful citizens who will boycott the next federal election, and will instead focus my civic duties toward only local elections, and only candidates that stand for something real. I don't care what the political effect is of my unwillingness to participate. I've seen the effects of my participation and that was enough.
So as my country continues its blatantly obvious quest for the next world war, as it has been dreaming of for quite some time, they can do it knowing I am an open sympathizer with those we bomb, rape, pillage, and displace. I don't blame Putin. I don't blame Hamas. I don't blame "the terrorists". I blame the United States of America and its sycophantic capitalistic "allies." Maybe at some point in my lifetime I will be able to re-join the process, but until there is massive global change that involves kicking the bums out on their ass, through revolution, I am out. I know too much about history at this point to think otherwise.