Just Shut Up & Vote: The Futility Of Representative Government In An Age Of Robber Barons

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Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“That's the way the ruling class operates in any society. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other… Anything different—that's what they're gonna talk about—race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank!”

 

- Comedian George Carlin

“We the people” have been utterly and completely betrayed.

The politicians “we the people” most trusted to look out for our best interests, protect our rights, and ensure that the nation does not slip into tyranny have cheated on us, lied to us, swindled us, deceived us, double-crossed us, and sold us to the highest bidder.

Time and again, they have shown in word and deed that their priorities lay elsewhere, that they care nothing about our plight, that they owe us no allegiance, that they are motivated by power and money rather than principle, that they are deaf to our entreaties, that they are part of an elite ruling class that views us as mere cattle, that their partisan bickering is part of an elaborate ruse to keep us divided and distracted, and that their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution mean nothing.

Incredibly, even in the face of their treachery and lies, the great majority of Americans persist in believing that the politicians have the people’s best interests at heart.

Despite the fact that we’ve been burned before, most Americans continue to allow themselves to be bamboozled into casting their votes for one candidate or another, believing that this time they mean what they say, this time they really care about the citizenry, this time will be different.

Of course, they rarely ever mean what they say, they care about their constituents only to the extent that it advances their political careers, and it never turns out differently. We are as easily discarded the day after the elections as we were wantonly wooed in the months leading up to the big day. Those same politicians who were once so eager to pose for our pictures, smile at our jokes, and glad-hand us for our votes will, upon being elected, retreat behind a massive, impenetrable wall that ensures we are not seen or heard from again—at least, until the next election.

The joke is on us.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, all of the caucuses, primaries, nominating conventions, town hall meetings, rallies, meet and greets, delegates and super-delegates are sophisticated schemes aimed at advancing the illusion of participation culminating in the reassurance ritual of voting.

It’s not about Red Republicans or Blue Democrats. It’s about Green Donors—i.e, those with money who can afford to pay for access.

Votes might elect politicians, but as a 2014 field experiment by political scientists at Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley, makes clear, it’s money that talks.

The experiment went something like this: members of Congress were contacted by constituents requesting meetings about pending public policy issues. As the Washington Post reports, “When the attendees were revealed to be ‘local campaign donors,’ they often gained access to Members of Congress, Legislative Directors, and Chiefs of Staff. But when the attendees were described as only ‘local constituents,’ they almost never gained this level of access.”

Conclusion: money buys access to politicians who are otherwise deaf, dumb and blind to the entreaties of their constituents.

It works the same with every politician and every party.

Indeed, the First Amendment’s assurance of a right to petition the government for a redress of grievances has become predicated on how much money you’re willing to shell out in order to gain access to your elected and appointed officials.

Then again, money has always played a starring role in American politics.

The spoils system reared its greedy head under Andrew Jackson, who traded jobs in his administration in exchange for campaign contributions. For $1 million, donors could take part in Warren Harding’s poker parties and enjoy a sleepover at the White House. Lyndon Johnson had a President’s Club that cost donors $1000 a year. Nixon was prepared to sell ambassadorships for $250,000. And Bill Clinton famously allowed top-dollar donors to spend a night in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House in exchange for roughly $5.4 million in donations to the Democratic National Committee.

Fast forward to the present day, and a $500,000 donation might get you invited to a quarterly meeting with Barack Obama. For a mere $5,000 donation, lobbyists are being given exclusive invitations to join Congressmen and senators for weekend getaways that include wine tastings, fly fishing, skiing, golfing, hunting, spas, seaside cocktail parties and more.

If you’re just a lowly citizen with limited cash, however, you’re out of luck.

Try contacting your so-called representatives without paying for the privilege, and see how far that gets you. I can assure you that you won’t be given the kinds of access that lobbyists, special interest groups and top donors enjoy.

Having been saddled with a pay-to-play system that provides access only to those with enough cash to grease the wheels of the political machine, average Americans have little to no say in the workings of their government and even less access to their so-called representatives.

Donald Trump, as he has boasted, might be able to buy and sell politicians of all stripes (including Hillary Clinton), but the average American would be hard-pressed to get the kind of access enjoyed by corporate executives, lobbyists and other members of the moneyed elite.

Indeed, members of Congress have to work hard to keep their constituents at a distanceminimizing town-hall meetings, making minimal public appearances while at home in their districts, only appearing at events in controlled settings where they’re the only ones talking, and if they must interact with constituents, doing so via telephone town meetings or impromptu visits to local businesses where the chances of being accosted by angry voters are greatly minimized.

And under the Trespass Bill, passed by Congress in 2012 and signed into law by President Obama, if you dare to exercise your First Amendment right to speak freely to a politician, assemble in public near a politician, or petition a government official for a redress of grievances, you risk a fine or a lengthy stay in prison.

Talk about self-serving.

Under the guise of protecting government officials from physical attacks, the Trespass Bill, a.k.a. “the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act,” criminalizes First Amendment activity by making it a federal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to protest anywhere the Secret Service might be guarding someone.

Mind you, the Secret Service not only protects the president but all past sitting presidents, members of Congress, foreign dignitaries, presidential candidates, and anyone whom the president determines needs protection, but is also in charge of securing National Special Security Events, which include events such as the G8 and NATO summits, the National Conventions of both major parties, and even the Super Bowl.

The law essentially creates a roving bubble zone where the First Amendment is effectively off-limits, thereby putting an end to free speech, political protest and the right to peaceably assemble in all areas where government officials happen to be present. Thus, simply walking by one of these events could make you subject to arrest.

“What that means in practice,” as The Intercept rightly points out, “is that campaign rallies for Donald Trump, who was granted Secret Service protection in November, and Hillary Clinton, who will be guarded for life as a former first lady, are the very opposite of free speech zones under federal law. (The restrictions also apply to all appearances by former presidents and first ladies, as well as those of two other candidates, Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson, who are currently protected by the service.)”

Consider yourself warned: If you do dare to show up to a Trump or Clinton rally and even appear to be the kind of person who might engage in any kind of protest, lawful or otherwise, you could find yourself quickly dispatched to a “free speech zone” out of sight and sound of the candidates. (“Free speech zones” are government-sanctioned areas located far away from government officials, into which activists and citizens are herded at political rallies and events.) In fact, that’s exactly what happened to a group of black students at a recent Trump rally in Georgia. They were escorted by police to “‘free speech zones’ in a field shielded from the venue by a set of tennis courts, or outside a church about a quarter of a mile away.”

The message is clear: in an age of robber barons, “we the people” are expected to just shut up and vote.

The powers-that-be want us to be censored, silenced, muzzled, gagged, zoned out, caged in and shut down. They want our speech and activities monitored for any sign of “extremist” activity. They want us to be estranged from each other and kept at a distance from those who are supposed to represent us. They want taxation without representation. They want a government without the consent of the governed.

They want the police state.

The system has been so corrupted and compromised that there are few left in the halls of government who hear or speak for us.

Congress does not represent us. The courts do not advocate for us. The president does not listen to us. And the First Amendment’s assurance of the right to speak freely and petition our government for a redress of grievance no longer applies to us.

So if representative government has become an exercise in futility, where does that leave us?

One of the key ingredients in maintaining democratic government is the right of citizens to freely speak their minds to those who represent them. In fact, it is one of the few effective tools we have left to combat government corruption and demand accountability.

If there is to be any hope of righting the wrongs that are being perpetrated against the American people, we must make them—our elected officials—hear us.

But where to begin?

Start by opening up a dialogue within your own community about what’s wrong with this country. Stop focusing on the issues that divide, and find common ground with your fellow citizens about issues on which you can agree. Focus less on politics and more on principles. Stop buying into the false and divisive narratives that are being promulgated by political windbags and start thinking and speaking for yourselves.

Once you’ve found that common ground, whatever it might be, make enough noise at the local level—at your city council meetings, in your local paper, at your school board meetings, in front of your courthouses and police stations—and the message will trickle up. Those in power may not like what they hear, but they will hear you.

Remember, there is power in numbers.

There are 319 million of us in this country. Imagine what we could accomplish if we actually worked together, presented a united front, and spoke with one voice?

The police state wouldn’t stand a chance.

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Arthur Schopenhauer's picture

Don't believe it? They'll vote yes for the Trans Pacific Partnership.

chicaboomboom's picture
chicaboomboom (not verified) Arthur Schopenhauer Mar 7, 2016 10:09 PM

Today's robber barons = https://goo.gl/bFYusM

greenskeeper carl's picture

"ya but this time Im voting for trump! thatll show 'em I really mean business!"

lincolnsteffens's picture

I'd vote for Trump if I had any illusions that he could change the machinery of the system. I doubt he has any idea how the system works (except for legal bribery ). I'm sure he has no idea that the laws are being misapplied.

The corporate state in DC is a foreign government to the people who derive their rights from their creator. I am not a US citizen by choice but by the threat of force. I revoked my voter registration and so should you. Use cash as much as possible and keep a bunch of it out of the scamming banking cartel. Pay off what ever loans you can and do not acquire any more debt. Look for ways to reduce your tax burden. Get rid of cable or satellite TV. Try not to use electronic devices that spy on you.

Just sayin'

Demdere's picture

https://thinkpatriot.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/an-open-letter-to-third-pa...

 

Yes, betrayed by our elites, just as Germany was betrayed in WWI.  And the country is very uinstable as a consequence.  Israeli-Neocon treasonous criminals who ran the 9/11 False Flag attack on America cannot allow peace, they hang.  They need an excuse to go all the way to authoritarian gov to save their necks, nothing less is safe.

Offthebeach's picture

WeThe sheeple for generations have signed over, given up, voted away our liberties, properties and rights such that now other than moving to a plywood shack in the mountains, we are all either ignorant dopes, knowing work donkeys and plantation serfs, or brow nosed ball lickers of the regime and its various factions.

doctor10's picture

"We the People" have become way too complacent playing with ICrap Toys while letting the psychosociopaths have the run of the halls of government.

Firepower's picture

The only alternative is Civil War. its why BOTH Parties MUST GO:The Speeding CLIFF Model: http://wp.me/p2kmGE-2up

Perhaps BIGov wants it, as they want drugs to fuel their fat "law enforcement" budgets.

Firepower's picture

**If there is to be any hope of righting the wrongs we must make them—our elected officials—hear us!

But where to begin?**

WHY, VOTE IN GOO0DE PEEPUL LOL


**Start by opening up a dialogue within your own community about what’s wrong with this country!**

hey, i've only got 40 years left!!

Besides, ever rillyRillyRILLY talky McTalk to the Avrudge Murkan?

Stupid as shit

Reaper's picture

The sheeple prefer the opiate of trust.

LetThemEatRand's picture

We're a generation away -- at least -- from the majority wanting real change as opposed to rearranging of deck chairs.  By the time enough people wake up, it will be too late.  Trump is not the answer.  He is the beginning of something, perhaps.   If he were the answer, he would not need to tell us to rebuild the military, arrest Snowden, force Apple to give in to the Feds, etc, to try to get elected.  

ebworthen's picture

O.K., so what do we do, "dialog" in our 'hood, run out in the street with a gun, or support Trump or Sanders against the establishment?

Don't see dialoging at the grocery store as going anywhere, and running out in the street with a gun will get you shot dead by "shoot first, ask questions later" police; so why not support an anti-establishment candidate?

Why not a Trump/Sanders ticket for 2016?

Anti-establishment or let it rot!

Dark Daze's picture
Dark Daze (not verified) ebworthen Mar 7, 2016 10:34 PM

I am retired an living in a country far, far away from all this insanity. None the less there is a community of approximately 300 US expats here, by far the majority. Between all the people I know, there is 1 person who can actually see what is going on and admit to it. The others are in complete denial, those that understand what is going on at all. Most are willfully ignorant, and like it that way.

I come from a time and place where political dialogue and discourse was what we engaged in on a regular basis. We didn't go and hide behind a computer screen or say that 'there was nothing we could do'. That is the biggest cop-out I have ever heard. As a citizen of my country I take full responsiblity for what my government does, whether I voted for them or not. That is the way it is with us, but not with Americans. Americans appear to feel that the 'system' is beyond their control, or that if the military, directed by the politicians that they voted for and supported engages in wars of annihilation that are beyond any reason, then that is something that just shouldn't be talked about in polite company. I even had one woman tell me that I shoudn't worry about getting shot by the police in the US because I wasn't the right color.

I think this is the last time you will ever have a chance to show the rest of the world that the notion of fundamental justice and freedom still exists in America. If you don't succeed you will be imprisoned forever in a zoo controlled by masters who don't really care if you are even fed or not.

Vendetta's picture

I interact with a lot of people at work, typically 30 to 40 in a day but not the same people every day.  I have known many of them for years now and are a first name basis with them and vice versa.   Many are republicans to a lesser degree democrats but probably 60% are aware the political system is broken but a far smaller amount of people ... perhaps 10 to 20 know it is deeply broken,utterly corrupt and very dangerous for all of us and we discuss it whenever we have the chance.  

HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) Vendetta Mar 8, 2016 1:18 AM

I think people are finally waking up. No one I know ever discussed politics it now it is like being in a secret club if you admit to reading Breitbart (most people have never heard of Zerohedge) and that you are cheering for Trump. Thank god people seem to have finally pulled their heads out of their asses. I hope.

Freddie's picture

Dude - you are in denial.  This all went away during the banksters and elites civil war, follow by 1913 Federal Reserve Act passed on Christmas Eve when no one was there along with IRS Act to pay for the elite bankster families to steal money for their bank.

Followed by endless bankster wars (Bush family members involved in many) followed by the killing of JFK for threatening the Fed and Rockfellers See Eye Aye, Vietnam (LBJ/Bushes), endless middle east wars and the list goes on.

Rubio and Cruz backing ObamaTrade as they are Bush bots.

The last time Americans maybe had America was when the 7th president Andrew Jackson wrecked the central bank and said it was the best thing he did.

Every President killed was a threat to the central bankers.  They tried at least once with Andrew Jackson and failed.

They got Garfield, McKinley, Lincoln, JFK and tried with Reagan because a Bush wanted to be President just like LBJ.    

Good luck to you and those other ex-pats when the Soc Security checks stop.

Panopticon 131's picture

Good post.  One correction, though, JFK was not going after the Fed as commonly stated regarding the E.O. on silver certificates, he was doing a bit of administrative housecleaning delegating a job to a bankster, no less, as described in some detail by G. Edward Griffin, author of Creature of Jekyll Island.   

The two BIG moves JFK made against TPTB were (1) signing orders to end US participation on the Vietnam conflict, bringing home the troops, and (2) signing an order that would effectively muzzle the CIA into being strictly an intelligence gathering organization, not allowed to instigate large scale operations.  James Perloff gave a brilliant overview and analysis of these orders in an interview with James Corbett of the Corbett Report.

Why Bother's picture

 

Why not a Trump/Sanders ticket for 2016?

Anti-establishment or let it rot!

Because hating the establishment is not the same as supporting liberty. History is riddled with people who declare they will be the "new boss" and end up being the same old boss. Barack Obama campaigned in 2008 as anti war. In 2002 he gave this anti war speech. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99591469 

 

Then he became the new boss. I don't trust Trump any further than I can throw a ten foot pole. Anyone who is so enraptured by Trump or Sanders is a bloody fool.

Jim in MN's picture

Sanders/Trump.

Let Trump suck it.  He can also negotiate trade agreements and attend funerals for Bernie.

booboo's picture

So there is this bear hunter, he shoots a brown bear and it runs into the thickets and he goes in after it..............

Ms No's picture

"Trespass Bill, a.k.a. “the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act,” criminalizes First Amendment activity by making it a federal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to protest anywhere the Secret Service might be guarding someone."

Damn, these guys are getting nervous.  Exposure must make them feel like the princess and the pea.  I'm not sure if a hundred thousand dollar bed can fix that.  After a while they probably get nervous about their staff and security too.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Is it me, or have I've read this article before I read it a few other times, before I read it the first time? Hmm...

Frankie Carbone's picture

Trump Booster Club will accomplish two things with their willful ignorance: 

  1. They will legitimize an election that is the first prime opportunity for the American public to de-legitimize via their either voting when they should NOT be voting at all, and in turn, will legitimize the entire 2-party circus, again. 
  2. They will destroy the Liberty Movement by their tepid association with it, as anything within a country mile of Trump gets painted with the same broad brush via the well oiled, and finely honed media disinformation and smear machine. They'll set up back 20 years, which is a death knell. 

Then, just when you think it couldn't get worse, along comes the truly hopeless amongst us countrymen to step in with their delusional action-super-hero-billionaire-silver-bullet-single-fix fantasy shit to really fuck everything up. 

Trump is not the pre-eminent danger to what is left of the Republic. The willful ignorance of his supporters is. 

jomama's picture

Holy smokes batman - intelligence and reason still walks these halls!

hootowl's picture

Trump may be our last chance to try to begin the clean-up of the political cesspool that is destroying us.......before the bullets start flying and the politicos, banksters, and their media morons begin bleeding to death.

If they assassinate him it is time to prune or uproot the tree of government and try to get a fresh start.  We must be careful not to let the internationalist anti-christs get control of a new government by establishing their banking frauds again.

Powder is dry.

Why Bother's picture

I was far more worried in 2012 that Ron Paul would be assassinated. If Trump gets hit I would be thinking..."Meh"  Ron Paul and Donald Trump are complete opposites.

Cabreado's picture

The hoopla over the presidency is a trailing indicator... the citizenry doesn't know how their government was designed to work, and therefore could not know how it fails.

A defunct Congress is where the attention must be paid...
er, should've been paid.

The ignorance protects them, and guarantees ultimate failure.

Bryan's picture

The problem I see is that America has been slowly imploding economically, socially, morally for many decades already.  And the problem is that one generation is not going to be able to "fix" it, not will they really want to fix it, because fixing it will mean that many of them will be fixing themselves out of comfort, a job, an income, etc.  It will take an outside force to bring down the corrupted system and only then will those who are left decide to sacrifice themselves and their desires for the good of the country.  This is what happened in the 1700s when many we call "patriots" gave up their livlihoods, possessions, families and even their own lives to fight for a greater good.  And will happen again soon, I fear.

Hail Spode's picture

With centralized national governments, what is written is true. Tonight I attended township meetings in two different township halls. A township is five miles square with maybe a couple of thousand people in it. Let me tell you that in township halls the individual citizen matters, the elected trustees tend to listen, and a $1,000 bill gets more scrutiny than a million dollars of taxpayer spending gets in D.C. There are no marble steps. The government building is not ten times nicer than anyone's house so they will be intemidated by "the majesty of the state." In fact they were held in an old one room school and a metal building with concrete floors and snow plows parked inside. It does not matter that they township governments are not the "best and the brightest". All that matters is they try to give reasonable people what they want because at that level everyone matters.

Some of you are wondering what should be next. What do we shoot for? The answer is Localism.  Localism should be the goal. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0GACAQ

Why Bother's picture

That is the direction voluntaryists want to make. Massive decentralizing do the local level. I 100% agree with you. I am being active in technology (I have a full time job also in information security so I have limited time). I'm trying to help bring about massive decentralization through cryptography.

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

PM me.

 

I've also got a hankering for tech driven pushes for decentralization, and increasing local focus. Perhaps we can collavorate and I should have more time after launch some side projects this month.

Why Bother's picture

I sent a contact request. I'm on the left coast and assume you are in Baltimore. I get on ZH very late by your standards.

Freddie's picture

Oh don't worry - they got that figured out.  Your idyllic Mayberry will end up getting 1,000 Somalis or Afghanis or you name it and you will have to support them.  State, local, county, the whole nine yards. 

Hail Spode's picture

And we have it figured out that they have it figured out. Population replacement is historicallly a tool of tyrants. 

hairyuntilshaved's picture

what we have here is a failer to comunicate. i tell you who to vote for then we will tell you how we voted

Why Bother's picture

I first discovered Voluntaryism in 1980. I respected it very much but it took 32 years to see that Voluntaryists were right. Elections are rigged and voting makes no difference.

 

Vacate the vote. Use your own direct approach to make change. Start from bottom up. I am into technology to help decentralize society. Look up blockchain. Ethereum is decentralized. Join me in working in technology to decentralize our society and bring down big government. It's more effective than voting.

PGR88's picture

 

Representative democracy works as long as government is small - and above all, you do not have a fake, printed, fiat currency.

The fiat currency greatly tilts power in favor of government and the ruling class

 

 

 

hootowl's picture

We do NOT have a representative democracy!!!  We have a constitutional republic.  If we didn't have a constitution limiting the power of the federal government, we would have disappeared into the dustbin of history a long time ago.

That said, we have managed to corrupt the republic anyway.  Our founders warned us about political parties, that they would evolve to call for more fealty to the parties than fealty to the country. 

Vendetta's picture

Its a real shame and disgrace that we have such f'g MSM moderators asking such lame questions at those f'g debates....  in one of those debates they were asking about illegal immigration and completely skipped Trump.... and Trump didn't say a word in protest ... I thought that was odd and out of character for him... I wanted to hear him speak about it.

The thing about Sanders as that there are quite a few videos of him railing on 'luminaries' such as Greenspan among many others and yet Sanders is considered an outsider by the democrats as he spent most of his time as an Independent.  Since when CAN an independent actually get anything done in a utterly corrupt political system. Though I disagree with him about free college and stuff like that as I think all prospective college students gotta have some skin ($) in the game but there is no reason for college to mean $50k in debt upon graduation like 2 of my nephews are. 

Healthcare was going to cost me $16k to $21k a year when given a choice last year as a direct hire or as strictly contractor with a job shop ... had to bypass the time and a half compensation for OT as a contractor as healthcare as a direct was much cheaper... would have had to work a lot of OT just to break even on the compensation difference.... this system is FUBAR totally and utterly ... fuck this shit

I wake up almost every day cussing the government and the justice system for its utter corruption and treason against the people just for "A Fistful of Dollars" .... what a bunch of cheap lying whores

Freddie's picture

Bernie supported Lockheed Martin's $2 trillion F-35 turkey.  It came out today that it's radar does not work.  Vermont has a base of them to portect Ben and Jerry.  Another crony NeoLib/NeoCon.

Bernie also voted for Gulf War 2 aka the genocide of iraq.

http://www.mintpressnews.com/bernie-sanders-voting-record-antithetical-t...

Urtica ferox's picture

Gotta have that security in place, otherwise things like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EynWcE3Gtmk

might happen to the U.S. pols.

(Warning for the sensitive (on ZH?  Yeah right!)  : this video may feature a pol and a flying dildo).

scatha's picture

Until last two paragraphs I thought that it is a genuine post providing plethora of hard evidences that this abhorrent political regime is corrupted beyond repair. But here you go, advice to act to  locally! Is local government listen to us? Hell no. Nothing but meaningless gestures one can get fro  local government all in the pockets of local oligarchs.

Did author IQ just dropped. He proven himself that what we have here is an authoritarian regime and no shred of democracy has left. All political/social institution are corrupted to the bone and oligarchic class rules alone as author has aptly proven.

All of those so-called presidential candidates are candidates vetted by oligarchic ruling elite. All of them, from including Sanders and Trump, both election time populists aimed to extort the vote from gullible and desperate Americans only to betray them.

After being pounded by propaganda about goodness of intentions and heart of detestable political stooges who openly, under empty patriotic utterances proclaim their disregard to humanity of others calling them enemies of American values and demand acceptance of abhorrent behavior in our name as a matter of American virtue and patriotic duty, exhausted we are led like convicts into voting booths to confess our loyalty to the power or else. 

What we call voting is nothing but an ancient ritual of active submission of every slave to the powers via act of participation in the ceremony, a symbolic sacrifice for beautiful gods of power and opulence, a perverted form of communion of victims with their executioners.

 

The people should not ask for a right to vote it’s meaningless, they should demand a right to democratic rule. Otherwise they are nothing but a wasted particles pleading for mercy in an obscene act of self-mutilation.

Ask yourself : Are you better off now than four years ago or eight years ago or two decades ago? if you are, by all means, vote for a hand that feeds you but this is not democracy, this is a feudal serfdom when you ignore subversion of the US constitution and all the unalienable rights, devastation of millions American people without jobs and homes, indebted by the Wall Street just to feed oligarchic pigs and US imperial hubris with all that torture, murder paid by your taxpayer money. Go ahead knock yourself out. 

Against all disgusting lies and propaganda you hear, over 150 millions proud American patriots, true defenders of democracy, refused to be cheering spectators of the political stage and already restrained themselves from legitimating the electoral farce with their signature and participation in nothing short of public blessing of a figure head anointed by the ruling elite. Remember if you vote, you are in minority of courtiers of the US regime and you joined those who do everything that they can to prevent any meaningful change for betterment of the majority of Americans, no matter what they utter. But hey, you are OK so don’t worry, until you are not and you will join the rest as millions of others, who thought like you did, until the pain reached them as well. 

If you are not better off and you want a change you can believe in, you must face reality, abandon irrational hope of Sisyphus and refuse to vote since our vote is being compromised, manipulated, stolen as numerous hard evidences indicate, and hence the only moral thing to do, a civic duty to perform is to refuse to participate in the sham, an political extortion racket, If not for any other reason but for preservation of our own dignity and dignity of other voters. We must restrain from voting for this important, purely technical reason since stolen vote renders expression of our sovereign will a futile, soul corrupting exercise of being forced to accept stolen election results again and again while helplessly witnessing the country slipping into an abyss. 

Unfortunately, this time as well, millions of irrational, desperate and helpless in their daily lives electoral zombies, under a spell of exciting political masquerade, will align themselves with an anointed winner of a meaningless popularity/beauty contest, in a delusional feat of transference of a fraction of elite's power to themselves just for a second of a thrill of illusion power. And they will continue to authorize their own suicide mission, since even baseless hope of influencing of the political realm via means of begging is the last thing that dies.

Below excepts from: 

https://contrarianopinion.wordpress.com/notes-on-buddy-politics/

“The act of voting in the current political system is nothing but morally corrupting tool that extorts from us an approval for the meaningless political puppets of the calcified regime, in a surrealistic act of utter futility aimed just to break us down, to break our sense of dignity, our individual will and self-determination since no true choice is ever being offered to us and never will.

Idea of political boycott and ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL PROCESS is the only viable idea to express our political views that are absent from official candidates’ agendas and from the ballots. Let’s not be afraid, it was already successfully done in the past. It works.”

Maestro Maestro's picture

Americans are not just stupid.

Americans are evil.

Knowing exactly what they will do, Americans always vote Democrat or Republican.

If Americans had voted for another party, Americans could at least be able to say, 'we Americans are just stupid.'

No.

You Americans are evil.

Americans=ISIS

detached.amusement's picture

oh stfu, and the leaders of your country are buddha like?  get that bs out of here. 

Swamidon's picture

Quoting: "they are part of an elite ruling class that views us as mere cattle."

Given the idiocy and madness of the Masses why insult cattle in comparison when clearly most people are less than clever monkeys, and in truth, are more like walking advertisements for Eugenics.

Life is a gift, and a test, that most people are failing miserably but no reason to blame the Elites when so many people insist on being their own worst enemy.

Honestly, how much consideration do people satisfied to remain hamsters on an exercise wheel really deserve?  How much can be expected of them?  

 

Aurum Vulgi's picture

In reference to the opening quote by George Carlin, another one " Never underestimate the power of large numbers of stupid people"

moonmac's picture

We let them take control over every aspect of our lives and now we wonder why we're slaves to them? Every Nanny State Law is just another lash against freedom. Every Corporate Bribe a shit stain upon our flag. We must repeal all Busy-Body Do-Gooder laws and dump all the Tell You How To Live Know-It-All's to the bottom of the sea. Dr. No voted against it all. He stood alone time after time refusing to vote for something that wasn't Constitutional. Even when it sounded like a good idea at the time he held his convictions and said NO! Trump better pick Dr. No's son so we can stomp the Commie Facists once and for all!

Jstanley011's picture

Solutions:

1) Return to the original population-to-member ratio in the House of Representatives to what it was in 1789, 100,000 to 1. Yes, that means there would be over 4,000 members. So what? I gurantee you that your representative would all of a sudden become VERY interested in what you have to say.

2) Repeal the 17th Amendment, and return the power to select US Senators to the state legislatures.

3) Outlaw campaign contributions to a representative by any individual or entity that resides outside of that representative's district.

Kefeer's picture

Great start, but the people in charge would need to make it happen. 

I always like the term limit show that was about 20 years ago where all the politicians were campaigning on how they voted for "term limits" and they did, but the rub was the way they did it.  They created 3 scenarios and all voted for term limits, but since there was no majority it failed, but they could all say they were for it and voted for limits even though they set it up to fail.