With so much at stake, why is there so little choice?

Let’s face it, the choices we’re offered today are limited and, like a portrait taken from different angles, really just visual. Sure, the horse’s ass will divert more public money to the individual – but not much. The elephant in the room will divert more public money to private enterprise – but again, not much more than the other guy. Both parties stand on the same line and the Supreme Court ruling allowing for ‘anonymous’ campaign ads (which is where much of the campaign funds end up) insures it will continue.

They may have some vocal differences. There may be some leadership differences. That’s where it ends – and despite these public differences, their corporate masters will dictate what they do and what we become. Not us. Hell, we don’t even elect our president. As most folks re-learn every four years, the Electoral College does the actual election. We are a representative republic, not a democracy. Someday, maybe today if the horse’s ass is re-elected, people will learn that their vote, their needs, even their wishes, mean nothing in the face of millions of dollars of campaign and other contributions.

The heart of our issues is not that we elect bad people. It’s that the people are not elected by us. Not chosen by us. From the get-go, the people with the corporate money are the ones whose names get heard. Those names are what is repeated in the voting booths.

How much do you know about the people you go to vote for today? The presidents? the school board members? the propositions on your ballot? HOW MUCH do you know? Do you read the voter publications or do you do your ‘research’ in the booth?

Voting is done to keep us happy – not because – at any real level – we have a choice.

What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.” —
Adolf Hitler

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~ by Mad Prophet on November 6, 2012.

4 Responses to “With so much at stake, why is there so little choice?”

  1. Interesting to note that in the U.S. individuals are permitted to exercise their freedom of choice with regards to whether to vote or not; in Australia, NOT voting is a punishable offence – in other words, one is not permitted a choice.

    Also interesting to note that, despite the differences between the U.S. and Australia in that minor matter, the results are still the same, and I cite the example of the current PM, who was not elected, but betrayed the man who was – a man loved by many Australians at the time – purely so she could take the ‘top job’.

    There was no voting involved, and Australians were justifiably outraged. It fell on deaf ears, and yet still, she cleaves to her illegally gained position. One can’t help but wonder if this has only been possible by stooping so low as to ‘pay’ for public opinion polls and votes to be ‘fudged’.

    So what exactly IS the purpose of voting and polls, save a farcical game, if the true votes and wishes of the people are so brazenly and blithely ignored and buried?

    • Those are good questions.

      John Howard was a very good leader from what I’ve read – and I have no idea the PM’s name now. Which probably tells us something.

      Americans have been wondering more and more about the actual purpose and validity of voting – it’s one of the reasons voter turnout is so low. We all know, in this country, that substantive change is virtually impossible, and so we know that things like the Electoral College will never change. So presidents are elected by those 500+ members and not us.

      On the bigger picture is that laws are made by our ‘representatives’ who, once elected, immediately start representing their corporate masters, not the people.

      And we all know it won’t change. Americans are lazy, lazy, lazy. I often say as long as the average Joe or Jane can go to work (or collect some form of money for not working), can grab some McDonald’s and watch TV, they will not do anything about anything. The proof is in the Patriot Act, the fact that Bush (W) was elected by the Supreme Court and the false claims of Obamacare.

      We don’t care. We bury our heads in the ground and just plan to wait it out. I’d love to hear how you feel about these points from a ‘down under’ perspective.

  2. I hear you, and feel this way myself, too. But I don’t think that the choice facing our citizens in the last election was meaningless. Each individual voice may have been small, but I was greatly reassured to see that the unprecedented campaign expenditures did not seem as effective as feared. Maybe there’s hope for us yet.

    When I sat down (prior to the election) to think through the most important things that would be concretely affected by the election, I came up with six. I’d love to hear what you think. http://politymaking.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/why-this-election-matters/

    • I’ll comment on your post rather than here – but you make some great points and all of which I agree.

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