Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Why You Shouldn't Bother to Vote

You always hear people say how important voting is because "every vote counts" and "you could make the difference", but did you know that your vote has virtually no relevance to the actual decisions made in our government? We'll speak in terms of a presidential election for now. You would be inclined to believe that the majority wins and that the candidate with the most votes wins, right? Well, not exactly. What actually happens is your state representative reviews what you, the people, have decided and then HOPEFULLY votes for the people's choice. Then, that representative's vote goes into what is called an electoral college which is weighted by the population and other factors of that state. So, a candidate may have lost the people's vote and still win the election.

Basically, what is happening is the government is letting you think you have a say. They give you two corrupt and useless parties to which you must develop a preference and then give you the illusion of having a choice. People that have sided with one party or another are pitted against each other and distracted from the real issues at hand. We've given the Republicans and Democrats a go at running our nation and they have run us into the ground. When will we get back to the Land of the People? When will the people get their turn to speak?

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