Recently, the vapid Hollywood star Sean Penn sent a publicized letter to conservative South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker criticizing the two for proclaiming that there was "no shame in not voting."
Elsewhere, Penn wrote: "Not so well, to encourage irresponsibility that will ultimately lead to the disembowelment, mutilation, exploitation, and death of innocent people throughout the world. The vote matters to them. No one's ignorance, including a couple of hip cross-dressers, is an excuse." He ended his letter with: "All best, and a sincere fuck you, Sean Penn."
Actually, Penn can go fuck himself for his own ignorance. In 95% of House congressional districts, voters have no real choice at all due to gerrymandering. Those who care about the following issues: Palestinian rights, the racist prison-industrial complex, police brutality, the Patriot Act, the pre-emptive war doctrine, abortion access, and gay marriage will find no voice in the national electoral arena during this cycle. Indeed, moving beyond a myopic electoral focus into day-to-day grassroots activity between elections is a far more "responsible" position, to use Penn's words, rather than encouraging voters to pull the lever for either pro-war war criminal from Yale. Unless Penn is supporting the candidacy of Ralph Nader, Michael Badnarik, David Cobb, the Workers World Party, the Socialist Workers Party or the Socialist Party USA -- and he most certainly is not -- he has no business invoking the horrors of Iraq against those who will not vote, as the candidate he supports is as responsible for them.
All best, Sean Penn, and a sincere fuck you.
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