Guest Post: Voting Is A Sap's Game

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Submitted by James E. Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada,

With the U.S. presidential election right around the corner, Americans are getting themselves all in a tizzy to go to the voting booth and remind the holders of public office who they work for.  Because it’s a presidential election, the stakes are looked to as even higher as the media paints the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as a conflict with extreme consequence.  The statist tramps known as mainstream journalists are championing the race as a great ideological battle.  The fact that the candidates differ little on policy and vision is purposefully avoided.  To the political and intellectual establishment, the show must go on.  Their way of life depends on it.

Already in both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention the party elites took the opportunity to trample on the democratic virtue of dissent.  On the Republican side, Ron Paul supporters were effectively told to get lost as party leaders rammed through a rule change to make it next to impossible to nominate a pure grassroots candidate.  The Democrats, per usual, were no better.  When it came time to vote on whether the party platform should contain language on God and ensuring Jerusalem remains the capital of Israel, the voice vote was disregarded and the language was kept.  And as a Fox News showed, the decision was predetermined by the teleprompter.  In one fell swoop, both of America’s major political parties demonstrated that their own members can’t be trusted.  The irony is that this practice of top-down dictation is wholly reflective of the reality of governance.

No matter how hard boobus Americanus is kicked in the teeth with his own inability to have an effect on government, he still feverishly casts his ballot with faith locked into the system.  This intellectual denseness doesn’t hold for just the U.S. either.  Democracy is still looked to favorably all around the world.  Above the rhetoric of listening to the voice of the people, technocrats removed from the voting process run major world governments.  One look at Europe and it becomes obvious the politically-connected elites are running the show.  The banking system is being saved at the public’s expense.  Some are keen to realize this and are setting about to instill leaders of integrity.  Many remain enraptured with the idea of a government for and by the people.  These people aren’t just blind to the evils of the state; they take enormous pride in their ignorance.

Democracy is a sham.  In its purest form, it is mob rule by childish emotion.  In its representative form, elections are a reoccurring fiction to convince the people they aren’t servants to masters who have become all too acquainted with power.

The ballot box is the last refuge of the half-witted fully convinced of his utter inability to dismember his umbilical cord from the state and take responsibility for his destiny.  It is the chance to press a boot on the neck of your fellow man without the shame of doing so directly.

It is a much believed fairytale that the intentions of government are good but misguided.  But from time immemorial, the state has been a conspiracy levied against the many by the few.   Through the bailouts, printing press rescues, and socialized takeovers, the objective is obvious.  The losers of government throw money at their fellow losers in business to maintain an establishment class of total inferiority.

The job of the political class is to make it so that crises are constantly haunting the electorate.  Herds are easier to tame when frightened and looking for a savior.  The West has become a great pity where suicidal lemmings run toward a cliff disguised as a voting booth. Every aspiring dictator they wish to put in office is a drug that numbs the senses and brings them one step closer to being fully shackled and on their knees ready and willing to serve.

As Gary North puts it, “democracy is window dressing for elite control.”  The people are told they have a voice.  They become teary-eyed at the prospect of casting a vote for a marionette.  The news media bludgeons voters over the head constantly with phrases like “doing your duty” and “participating in democracy.”

Corruption, kick-backs, and corporate cronyism are wrapped up in a shiny box with a bow and sold to the people every election.  The stealing away of all that is important in a functioning society by unaccountable schemers goes largely unnoticed.  The money supply is controlled by a few central bankers.  Law is given the final word by appointed judges.  Regulations are written by bureaucrats. Wars are waged by generals and military complex administrators.  Lawmakers are there for Kabuki Theater.

Leviathan can’t and won’t be tamed through the ballot box.  Reasoning with the state is like reasoning with a lunatic armed with a machine gun.  His two modes of thought are firing cheerfully into an unarmed crowd or keeping a finger itching to pull the trigger once more.

To quote the great author and civil disobedient Henry David Thoreau

I heartedly accept the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.

The sad truth is that the majority of men are infatuated with nationalist creeds and looting the pockets of their neighbors.  The absence of such a religion would pit them into the great unknown of actually having to behave like civilized beings.  There would be no liars to look up to who promise a land of milk and honey for votes.  There would be no invaders to honor who are paid to break down the doors of foreign dwellings in the middle of the night and leave pools of blood and piles of bullet shells for children to find their parents lying in.  There would be no leader of the people surrounded by guards armed with militarized weaponry to salute.

The cycle of scaremongering with false threats followed by the reactionary heroism of public officials finding the courage to crush already withered freedoms into dust would come to an abrupt end.  Schoolchildren would no longer learn that government saves them from poking themselves in the eye every second of every day.  Independent critical thinking would make a roaring comeback.  In the end, men would have to make an honest living; which is perhaps the greatest fear of any state bureaucrat.

H.L Mencken accurately described what the state of American politics would become almost a century ago when he wrote:

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal.  On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

It wasn’t just the average U.S. voter Mencken referred to- it was voters around the globe who still see government as their friend and not an avenue for the slime of society to carry out their violent fantasies.  Unless there is a radical change of thinking, mankind’s intellect will finally begin to resemble that of a dog who after being beaten unmercifully, happily returns to his master’s side ready once more for another round.

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roadsnbridges's picture

Until stated otherwise, voting counts.  When the winner gets less than 49%, then we have a problem.

Take your defeatist shit elsewhere.

spastic_colon's picture

ummm....have'nt you heard, Obama has won

Aziz's picture

Rombama won in a landslide.

roadsnbridges's picture

It's even tougher now than ever to be surrounded by morons.

Especially the RP kind.  Think ahead a few cycles, dips.  Is that so hard to ask?

As much as you think you are prepared for a collapse, you ain't.

Michael's picture

I'm voting for President Barack Obama and voting against every currently sitting congress critter for revenge.

I hope nobody but me votes, so my vote is worth a lot more then yours.

Surly Bear's picture

Blah blah blah...what a stupid article...I'm voting for Obama

Pladizow's picture

"If voting changed anything, they would make it illegal." - Emma Goldman

Dead Canary's picture

"Those who don't learn their history, are forced to repeat it in summer school."

~ Buffy the Vampire Slayer

GetZeeGold's picture



Never screw with someone named Buffy......if the bitch can carry the don't want none of that.


Bicycle Repairman's picture

I'm voting Libertarian.  I invite you to do likewise or write in Ron Paul.  I want the Republicans to see the votes they lost.

Michael's picture

Now that's the spirit.

Revenge by any other name is still revenge.

economics9698's picture

Voting for Obama, you fucking serious?

Michael's picture

Just think of how bad it will make Reince Precum feel.

Michael's picture

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Dead Canary's picture

Obama or Romney. Same thing. Vote Ron Paul. Let the fools feel our wrath!

Overfed's picture

Good idea. I want O'bomb-a at the helm when the wheels fly off this bitch. That muffugger can take all the credit.

economics9698's picture

When the shit dies let the Hispanics clean up on "my people" assholes who fucked up this country with their constant bitching and moaning.  Let the Hispanics clean up their neighborhoods.  

Nostradumbass's picture

When did the Presidenet ever slow down the handing over of money and power to the plutocracy?

Betcha can't name one of either party.

Voting is a useless distraction nowadays when the election can be decided by opaque electronic balloting software and a Supreme Court.

Not a (silver) dime's worth of difference between the two selected puppets now vying for the Oval Office at Terror Central.

Dr Benway's picture

There is no better alternative than democracy.

Miller is a maniac.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Miller -- like his hero Rand -- worships unelected men and women in sharp suits sitting in boardrooms making decisions for the masses.  He fancies himself one of the future boardroom leaders, when in reality he would be fetching coffee for some other asshole if his vision were ever realized.  He is an academic who hates academics and who holds everyone else to a different standard.  Because he's special.

zerotohero's picture

Um hellooo - this ain't democracy - this is pure shit

Cathartes Aura's picture

Afghanistan is "pure shit" courtesy of amrka, which still has plenty of freefall left in it.

Vidar's picture

There certainly is: it's called capitalism. Democracy, and all other forms of stateism, is a sham used by the few in power to dominate the will of the masses as expressed in the free market.


Dr Benway's picture

You are a lunatic.


If we gave up democracy and let power fall to whoever at that point had the most money to buy mercenaries we would have hell on earth.


You want warring feudal warlords. You are a maniac.

NidStyles's picture

Warring Warlords eh? Have you not looked around lately? That's the entire world, one country building Nukes to have dominance? One country invading others to prevent them from having nukes? It's like you people do not even think...


The US is a Feudal Warlord to everyone outside of the US. It's only the comfortable plebes within the country that think otherwise. 

GoinFawr's picture

You're right, it must be all the 'democracy' that's pushing that agenda. I know that's what I voted for!~sarc

Nostradumbass's picture

"If we gave up democracy and let power fall to whoever..."

So just WHOM has the "power" now? The citizens?


Dr Benway's picture


Two morons replied to a rocksolid argument with libertardian religion and downvotes. Yet no counterargument.


Yes, abolishing all voted power and letting rich people amass warring mercenary armies battling over the ruins Mad max style is a great fucking idea. Abolishing all courts and law enforcement in New York City will be great. Because your libertard religion says so.


Fucking libertards. You believe anything you read in a fucking book.

AnAnonymous's picture

Two morons replied to a rocksolid argument with libertardian religion and downvotes. Yet no counterargument.

It is the 'american' way. 'Americans' can not argue against 'americanism'.

They are cornered in propaganda and fantasy.

Rakshas's picture

DIEBOLD RULES!!!!.....................................


errr........................... BITCHEZ!!!

Gully Foyle's picture

I don't vote. Two reasons. First of all it's meaningless; this country was bought and sold a long time ago. The shit they shovel around every 4 years *pfff* doesn't mean a fucking thing. Secondly, I believe if you vote, you have no right to complain. People like to twist that around – they say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain', but where's the logic in that? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote, who in fact did not even leave the house on election day, am in no way responsible for what these people have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created that I had nothing to do with.”

“The next time they give you all that civic bullshit about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election”"Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. Fuck Hope.'"

"I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -- who did not even leave the house on Election Day -- am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created."

George Carlin

ThisIsBob's picture

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."

  (Emma Goldman)

johnQpublic's picture


they'd go to a digital computerized voting machine with zero paper trail

roadsnbridges's picture

TG.  Keep it that way.  We'll tax you later.

blunderdog's picture

   keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election

Well, guess that's close enough for the 'Murkin version of history...

NidStyles's picture

What do the guilt tripped Germans teach something else? I just double checked, yep Hitler was elected into power before he seized the rest of it. 

blunderdog's picture

He was appointed Chancellor over a coalition government by Hindenburg.  Saying he was elected in a fair and free election is like saying Ford was elected, or Bernanke was.

If someone came along and crowned Nancy Pelosi President, it would be intellectually dishonest to claim she was "elected," wouldn't it?

Catullus's picture

It was just stated otherwise. So, no, it doesn't count.

defencev's picture

I agree. The "article" is a total rubbish. Only losers and suckers in real life do not see a difference between the vision of two candidates. A worthless loser will remain a loser no matter what is the outcome. For people who worked hard all their lives , there is a huge difference between economic freedom promoted by Romney and Marxist darkness offered by Obama.

Dr. Sandi's picture

Choose the lies you favor. They won't be honored after the election anyway.

blunderdog's picture

Posts like this give me a real desire to see Romney elected.  Just for the chance to see comments from the same folks a few years later after nothing's changed.

Elsewhere, it's the same kind of crap from folks who still think there's a reason to elect Obama.


Flakmeister's picture

Just because it can't get better doesn't mean it can't get worse.....

nmewn's picture

As an example, I'd rather burn it to the ground than to have it stolen.

Anusocracy's picture


The right didn't learn anything from electing a minimally conscious bushbaby.

blunderdog's picture

Flakmeister, Anusocracy, and Mnewm--it's that rare moment I agree with all y'all. 

How's that for some kumbayah, bitchez!

Nostradumbass's picture



You are joking - right?



Silver Bug's picture

Ron Paul was the only real politician running. Now that he is out, the best thing you can do is sustain from voting.


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dark pools of soros's picture

He's not a politician, he's a patriot