College of Political Knowledge
Soon the American voter will mosey into their local polling station and show their ignorance. (Sorry if that offends but looking at the last couple elections…I am being polite).
The Syrians despite the civil war have gone to the polls and voted for their next leader….a good guess is that it will be Bashir al-Assad….but that is just my wild guess…………I believe that it was Emma Goldman that stated….”If voting changed anything it would be illegal”……..and so it should.
The right to vote is a fundamental right of all humans, right? Well in that case the old USSR had the right to vote and North Korea has the right and now we look at Syria. All this gives credence to the theory that all voting does is to legitimize the state…..that it is in essence changes nothing.
Nothing changed in the Soviet Union…..nothing definitely changed in North Korea…..and these days nothing will change in Syria…..but the people have the right to vote.
Voting is a powerful ideological tool. Having a majority of the adults vote gives legitimacy to the whole system whose authority is supposedly derived from the will of the people. But as the percentage of eligible voters actually go to the polls is dropping with most ever election….it is a warning signal that the decline of the system legitimacy is approaching.
For instance in the Soviet Union there was about of 90% of candidates were re-elected to their posts……sounds like a fixed system, right? If so then think about this…..about 80% of American candidates are re-elected to their posts…….would you call that a rigged election?
Well in one sense it is a rigged election.
In the past candidates had to get out and meet and greet the voting public……a voters impression was formed by talking with the candidate and listening to his/her opponents and then forming an opinion and voting for the candidate that best stood for the principles of the voter.
Today, the candidates use the mass media and social networking to get to the voter……thus eliminating the need to actually meet and greet the voter……because of this the voter is just a number and their vote is basically just an exercise in futility.
The vote now is not about issues and policies but rather a popularity contest….it is not about how to improve the country but rather who will work to maintain his/her cult following. The message is not about issues but rather what the people want to hear….vague promises and a lot of out right lies.
In the past the voter picked his/her candidate…..thanx to gerrymandering it is now the parties are picking their voters…..if I need to explain that may I suggest a refresher course on civics.
But the American voter will go to the polls and nothing will change…..and the bitching and whining will start all over again…..and then on to the national election in 2016′
What is that old saying? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.” This explains the American voting patterns very well.