Rafael Noboa y Rivera on Voting Participation

If you never heard of Rafael Noboa y Rivera this is a good time to fix that.
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Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

In this world, so broken, so imperfect, yet so beautiful & full of promise? There’s effectively two choices: The Dem & the Republican.

16/03/2016 09:56:35 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

If politics is a moral exercise for you, then it has to be that all the way, near *and* far. You don’t get to pick the costless morality.

16/03/2016 10:19:00 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

…Then politics isn’t a moral exercise for you. It’s an exercise in public piety. We have words for people like that. They’re not nice.

16/03/2016 10:17:50 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

And if you’re choosing to leave them behind because the suffering of others in a far-off land matters *more*…

16/03/2016 10:16:23 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

In fact, because our actions affect them *even more* - they’re our fellow Americans, after all - our responsibility is even greater.

16/03/2016 10:13:21 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

So if that’s your argument, I’m going to ask what you’re doing for the least of us next door. Because we have a responsibility to them, too.

16/03/2016 10:12:42 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

Their suffering matters, too. That’s *my* red line. If politics is a moral enterprise, we can’t privilege some suffering over others.

16/03/2016 10:10:31 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

I could go on: Walker in WI, Kasich in OH, LePage in ME, and on, and on. All crushing the least amongst us.

16/03/2016 10:08:39 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

You want to talk about the slow-motion killing of a generation? Let’s talk Rick Snyder in MI & the poisoning of Flint.

16/03/2016 10:07:20 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

You want to talk about the destruction of people? Let’s talk about Paul Babeu & Joe Arpaio. Also elected *locally*.

16/03/2016 10:06:14 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

Let’s take Chicago. Anita Alvarez, the state’s attorney, has Laquan McDonald’s — & others’ — blood on her hands. Her election *matters*.

16/03/2016 10:05:32 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

Maybe you don’t want to vote in the Presidential? OK. Fine. Then it becomes supremely incumbent for you to participate in state & locals.

16/03/2016 10:03:03 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

If you claim to care about the suffering of people, near or far, you have to participate in the process. Not doing so is a luxury.

16/03/2016 10:01:58 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

If you abstain in this election, you are letting evil triumph. You have the ability to keep it from happening & you’re letting it.

16/03/2016 09:59:40 WIB
Raf says real men wear masks.😷 🇵🇷 🇲🇽 @noboa

Abstaining isn’t an option. It’s effectively a choice. As Burke said, all evil needs to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

16/03/2016 09:57:44 WIB

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