A Reason to Spoil Your Ballots

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It’s insulting that there is a 2-4 party system that is almost always corrupted by big business lobbyists. It’s an illusion that we live in a democratic state, that we have power and control over the government through voting. We are supposed to be the government as we are the people, but rarely is this the case.

When I was in an activist group called the WPRM in Winnipeg, we had many discussions about spoiling your ballot as a form of protest, and some of us did. We also learned that we should always be observant of federal politics, but more power is in municipal politics, which makes sense. It’s your community and you have that power. One day, we will hopefully have true democracy. Until then, keep organizing, demanding justice and act/evolve as organizations (or individuals) for social justice.

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They gave us false hope that something would change but it's just American imperialism in blackface.
The same oppressive tactics to make dissidents submissive by a show of military force and mass violence.
Now, don't get me wrong, one is a wolf and one is a fox.
One party kills on sight, the other is sly with its tricks.
Their goals are the same, so the machine stays in power.
It's business as usual as the people are distracted and bicker.

Spoil your ballots, spoil your ballots in protest.
Centralized power governance we must reject.
A lesser of two evils is still fucking evil.
Municipally lies the power of the people.

Not much is different when you head north of the border.
It's the same level of parliamentary corruption.
I cannot think of much distinctions between a liberal and a conservative.
These parties have been selling off this country's natural resources. It's all free trade so that big business gains the most.
Environmental protection and workers rights are lost.
It's privatization, it’s ugly corporate globalization.
They wonder when I vote, why I have such hesitation.

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from .​.​.​.​.​And they Called Us Savages, released February 21, 2015

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The Brat Attack Ottawa, Ontario

Formed late 2001 w/ the idea of creating a political punk band with pop punk song writing. The band has gone through many line up changes while doing 16 Cross Canada tours, 4 full lengths and multiple EP releases. Has sold over 8000 albums, 1 release in Australia (Eight Ball records) and released with Universal Canada/Undergound operations in 2005. ... more

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