by S.A. Prince
Voting is not important, although the media, celebrities, and many others continually tell you that it is. Why do so many people keep trying to convince you that voting is important?
Voting (in politics) is thought of as reset. That’s how the general populace thinks. “Oh, if we vote in Donald Trump, he’ll come and turn everything around.” After a vote, the idea is that things start anew, but that’s not the case. When somebody is elected, they start from where their predecessor left off. A lot has happened in between George Washington and Barack Obama. Voting is a change, or it should be. The problem is this: if we keep voting in rich or pseudo-rich people who do not share the experiences of the average American, then are we actually voting to the benefit of the populace?
“But, but, we have to vote,” is what many people say. “People died for us to vote.” To those people I’d say that you think your vote matters, but it’s actually just more of a feel good to assuage the populace. What we really need to look at are economic adjustments to the benefit of the general populace through multiple presidencies. I don’t have time to go through all of that, but if you simply look at the economic policies through the presidencies of Clinton, Bush, and Obama, instead of just Clinton, Bush, or Obama, then you’d see that there’s been no progress at all. As a matter-of-fact, I cover this in my article How Our Favorite Dems Ruined America.
Presidential-wise, we’ve pretty much maintained this status quo: rich overseeing the poor. Unless you live under a rock, by now you’ve realized that the president is chosen by the Electoral College, not the popular vote. There’s not much discussion about the fact that the public does not choose the president, and there likely never will be unless the Electoral College chooses a president who lost the popular vote by a substantial amount. But, we can be pretty sure that’s not ever going to happen, because the media (who should be an independent monitor of power) is subject to their investors. They run off of money made from advertising. Look at the commercials. Much of the advertising we see comes from corporations. Corporations not only pay for media advertising, but lobby government officials to pass legislation in their favor. Most government officials are bought and paid for, and unfortunately so is much of mass media.
That we essentially have little say in who becomes president should be alarming. People think we have a choice, but do we really? We have two candidates thrust upon us by two “supposedly” opposite political parties that are both operated by rich people. The majority of Americans favor one party or another, and are committed to voting along those party lines, so third party candidates often don’t even have a fighter’s chance. Mass media coverage does little to nothing to promote cognitive dissonance. Whether, it’s FOX or MSNBC, and everybody in between, most media networks lean Right or Left. The closer you look, the more you realize that there’s very little objectivity amongst America’s most influential group, the press.
So, do we really choose who our president is?
Local elections are a different monster altogether. In local elections, the popular vote does matter. Still, most people vote along their political party line without any thought. Even at the local level, most voters lack cognitive dissonance. Heck, many people aren’t even aware of who their representatives are. I’d personally say that’s by design, but I can’t prove that. All I know is that there’s a greater emphasis placed on an election (presidential) where our vote doesn’t really count, as oppose to the elections (local) where they do.
Our vote does count in local elections, but as I previously mentioned, most people vote along party lines as oppose to doing their research and being an informed citizen. Even if you do your research though, the local level is where you typically find your career politicians. The same people run over and over and over. Without active support from an informed citizenry, it’s difficult for new leaders to arise from their ranks. Those who run for government typically do so on the dime of businesses as oppose to individuals. “Polls have shown that less than 10% of Americans have ever given a contribution to candidates for any office, at any level.” People rather wait to be told who their leaders are by popular opinion, which of course is influenced by the media, which of course needs advertising dollars from businesses.
More than anything else, we should be fighting for more stringent term limits. In counties that are overwhelmingly Red or Blue, it’s plausible that a politician could be a lifetime shoe-in.
This isn’t breaking news though. Attempts have been made to convince politicians to pass legislation limiting term limits, but for some reason politicians aren’t too giddy about the idea. Stopping career politicians at the local level and in Washington would be a step in the right direction toward changing the political landscape.
Despite all of the aforementioned, if you do choose to vote (or lobby), you should vote in blocks, especially if you’re a part of a minority group. Let’s take blacks for an example. Blacks are 14% of this country. Unless they vote together, and pull their resources together to lobby politicians, then any progressive agenda that could benefit blacks won’t ever be listened to. If you want more money to go to inner-city schools, or politicians to focus on generating economic opportunities for the inner-city community, then blacks need to vote as a block. As long as a minority group does not vote (or lobby) as a block, then their voices are indistinguishable, muffled in the crowd.
America is in need of an adequately informed citizenry. The problem isn’t that people aren’t informed, or that they’re misinformed. It’s that people are overly informed. Bing, and there’s another notification popping up on your mobile device to feed you more information. There’s some serious information overload going on. It’s difficult to get anything done, or to fight off an enemy, if you aren’t sure where they’re attacking from.