Keene, NH, November 3, 2008 -- "How can a flag that flies over other nations in oppressive occupation, a flag that has flown over this land as slavery was glorified, a flag that has flown while freedom has been trampled on and rights stripped away, ever stand for liberty?" asks a local activist. "It can't-and it never has," says Cory "Jesse" Moloney, who is one of a few locals in Keene who feel dissatisfaction with what they insist to be a broken system. To demonstrate his discontent, he will be burning three flags, representing the United States, the United Nations, and the State of New Hampshire, in Central Square at 2:00 P.M. the Monday prior to election day. Moloney is an avid promoter of voluntary action over democratic solutions, which he refers to as "nothing short of institutionalized and glorified slavery." He openly advocates solving problems with peaceful, cooperative means tailored to each individual instead of what he refers to as a "one-size-fits-all" method that he insists comes with the democratic process.
"Everyone else who participates in the system gets their flag-waving time, their parades that march on down Main Street. They then get that golden opportunity to enable politicians to do what they do, which is often to the detriment of liberty and freedom. Millions will vote, and the outcome will be that someone's point of view will be force-fed to you whether you like it or not, or whether you even participated in the voting process or not. Frankly, I find it tyrannical, and would even go so far as to say it is immoral," says Moloney. He justifies burning these flags by insisting that they are the symbols of an unjust cause, the degradation of liberty. "I suppose in a sense, you could say that I am casting my 'anti-vote.' While others show how much they support this system, I will be demonstrating my opposition.
"It's funny; some people expect to get something done or achieve a positive end in a system built on the foundations of a tyrannical majority, and the institutionalization of theft. When they eventually don't get what they asked for, or don't get what they voted for, they complain and talk of how politicians are at it again. The thing about this is, the system never worked in their favor in the first place-- no one can actually represent them better than themselves." Moloney feels that all government programs and initiatives are in large part involuntary, and lists taxes, the selective service, and Social Security as only a few of the things that are contrary to liberty. "Every time I hear people talking about voting and how it's 'all going to be better this time around,' I visualize some man with a shiny badge clapping me in chains."
Moloney does not vote as a matter of "moral opposition," and avoids participating in government programs whenever possible. "I don't like the system-- I can't opt out without being forced to leave or being threatened to be thrown in jail. Given that the system claims to be legitimate because of people 'voting', it only makes sense to make known my dissent from this and say 'no, I don't think you're legitimate'."