First of all, this isn’t really a thread about the solution, merely the problem. If that bothers you, then fine. I hope you whine about it extra hard so I’ll be amused, I even encourage you to take pot shots at my character.
I’d like to start this off with a question, how many of you vote on a regular basis? Also, ‘every four years’ isn’t a regular basis. If you only vote on the presidential election then frankly I don’t know how you can expect your vote to count in the first place. I ask this because I’d be willing to bet than less than 10% of people in their 20’s vote on congressional, gubenatorial, and other smaller elections.
…but it’s the people who win these elections who will inevitably show up in the next 10-20 years to contend for the presidency. The very act of not voting in the preceding elections guarantees that the choices you’ll have for president won’t be the choices you would’ve made had you been paying attention prior. Please try to consider that notion for a while if you haven’t before.
Here’s the thing, I don’t want most of you guys voting anyways. Statistics show that a clear majority of Americans don’t research shit before they show up and vote. Most votes are cast as single-party ballots and plenty of votes are cast based on who has the more attractive name. Lots of people vote on whoever’s signs they see more. The very act of advertising is so powerful for candidates that they don’t need to be right, simply appealing.
Take Barack Obama. Whoever was his campaign manager deserves a multi-million dollar mansion fully stocked with a staff running that place. He didn’t need a strong campaign basis, he just simply needed to be as ‘not Bush’ as he could. What better way to do that than with a half-black dude with the word “CHANGE” under his head every 50 fucking yards? If you asked the average American what he believed in the most they could do is spout out some typical rhetoric of a democrat. Don’t get me wrong, that’s where a lot of his ideas are based but to most people he could’ve been any ol’ black democrat. That’s what mattered.
I also don’t exclude myself from this ignorance and name-calling. I am far from a knowledgable person when it comes to the inner-workings of various government facilities. All I’ve done is taken a few government classes to brush up on the general procedures. That didn’t stop me from not knowing what the fuck to vote for on 80% of the questions on Prop 81 a couple of years back. I’m sure almost no one in that room grasped every question but everyone showed up because they had heated feelings about gay rights.
In fact, when you consider the electoral college system, the lack of paper ballots in many voting booths now, the level of education of most voters, the general voter turnout, and the two-party system, I don’t see how most people looking at democracy under a fair light could even give it credit. The only thing that democracy does for us as a country is make us feel better about ourselves. It gives everyone a sense of responsibility when it shouldn’t be everyone’s, and it fills people with a sense of satisfaction.
P.S. I’m not a communist.