The show almost looks good. The actors speak before crowds of banners, ballons and flags. People wave and clap.
by E.L.Christianson Jr.
opinion from: Plausible Truths
Both parties are so entrenched with the corporate empire that policy remains devoted solely to corporate agenda, domestic and foreign, again no choice for the voter.
Voting goes all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome, but the present concept of voting started in 17th century Europe and evolved to mean government by consent of the people… of the people, by the people, for the people… the only question is… which people?
In this country, as the supreme court continually reminds us, the founders never intended that all of us would be voting. The constitution was essentially reserved for land-owning white men.
Today, that still holds true. The concept of ‘land-owning’ has become ‘corporate-owning’ and everything else is basically the same. The much abhorred ‘citizens united decision’ only confirms the intentions of the founders.
Who can vote has grudgingly widened on occasion, but also contracts on occasion as demonstrated by the supreme court’s latest rulings to restrict who can vote (and if you look you will see that it is way more than just Black people who are being denied their ‘right to vote’).
In France and in The United States, the revolution declared everyone equal but power remains in the hands of wealth.
In Latin America elections are held in most countries but history shows that elections in many of these countries did not produce democratic governments.
In many situations where the government was elected democraticly, our government over-threw that democratically elected government.
Here is a partial list of recent governments around the world overthrown at the hand of The United States government:
1949 Syrian coup-d’etat
1953 Iranian coup-d’etat
1954 Guatemalan coup-d’etat
1963 South Vietnamese coup
1964 Brazilian coup-d’etat
1973 Chilean coup-d’etat
1976 Argentine coup-d’etat
1980 Turkish coup-d’etat
The results of our elections produces no real change even if promised. Polls constantly show the people want something by overwhelming margins for very long periods of time (gun control for one) and those elected pay elequant lip service while voting the opposite.
Polls constantly show complete disapproval of the job being done in congress and yet these same people, with rare exceptions, are re-elected time after time because they do the bidding of those who finance their election. And the supreme court says that’s ok!
Who are these people? Do you actually know anything about the person you are voting for? There’s the name and the party affiliation and that should be enough right there! Voting democrat or republican is voting for the status quo. Voting for a third party is ‘throwing away your vote’ in that the two parties have eliminated any possible competition… Ralph Nader was not only not allowed to debate, he was not even allowed to be in the audience at the debate… and you think we have free elections?
Aware of your own dissatifaction with the party (Democrat or Republican), you even feel some sense of satisfaction when the person for whom you voted wins. It feels good to have voted for a winner. Now, that’s throwing your vote away! You should have voted for yourself, voted for your own interests instead.
Vote your local measures to support schools, health-care and the other local issues… get behind third party candidates for local offices. Don’t support more jails because we need to empty out the ones we have!