My Thoughts on the 2012 Election


For those caught in Sandy, I hope this e-mail finds you safe and recovering.  Those who face tragedy are in my prayers and thoughts.

Tuesday is Election Day. I don’t know if it is the most important election ever as some say. In hindsight, the 2000 election seems pretty momentous. But I do know this year’s election is important to what will happen to many people over the next four years. I wrote four pieces to express how I feel about election year 2012. “Voting, a Few Reasons Why,” speaks to why I believe it is important to vote, “The Peace Movement and Electoral Politics, addresses what is to be done by peace and anti-war activists in relationship to voting, ”Xenophobia,the Christian Taliban, Plutocrats and Oligarchs,” explains why I will be relieved if President Obama is reelected and “Why I am Voting for Jill Stein,” is self-evident. Actually I voted this morning so I already voted for her.

Take care and don’t forget, it takes more than voting. A whole lot more!


This is my personal contribution to the discussion about voting and for whom to vote. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers and concede I may have none of them, but I hope to give you something to think about.



Michael T. McPhearson

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About Michael T. McPhearson

Currently Michael is executive director of Veterans For Peace and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition, A Saint Louis based coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He works closely with the Newark based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle. Michel also publishes the expressing his views on war and peace, politics, human rights, race and other things. Michael also launched website as an effort to change the discourse and ignite a new conversation about Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and what it means to live in just and peaceful communities.