Originally posted by FreeThinkerIdealist
so, if they are all puppets ... what is the sense of voting? I am sure their hands are on all the top runners, right? I am sure that the voting is
somewhat rigged too, correct?
There is a difference between elections being unfair and elections being meaningless. It is easy to shift a few votes in a few districts during the
primaries to make their puppets win the primary, especially since hardly anybody votes in primary elections, and its easier still when both candidates
belong to them anyway, to choose the one who is most useful to them by shifting a few votes in one swing state in a close election.
But what if the American people held up their end of the bargain for a change, and actually did what the very word
democracy demands, which is
of course, rule?
It honestly wouldn't take much for the American people to retake the system. It's extremely simple.
It would take 80% of all registered voters. Not eligible ones, just the ones who are already politically active.
If they would do the following 3 things, we'd be fine.
Number 1: Starting 1 year before the election, devote 2 hours a week to reading about different candidates (both declared candidates and politicians
who perhaps could be drafted- idealistic congressmen and mayors from major cities, etc), and reading about what congress has been up to recently.
Number 2: Via email, phone, message board, morning coffee, or carrier pigeon, discuss politics with at least 3 other people on a weekly basis.
Number 3: Show up both to primary elections and general elections, and cast a vote for every single office.
That would do it. That would do it because that many people would find somebody who could be trusted and given the benefit of millions of man hours of
research and reasoned discussion they would be able to unite behind such a person rather than picking sides based on name recongition and personal
attractiveness and then ridiculously arguing over who had guessed better.
If 80% of eligible voters showed up, and based on careful consideration and communication, 60% of the voting public had joined hands behind him, it
would be impossible to cheat him out of the win without voter turnout going above 100% of registered voters.
Of course you can always change peoples votes to get around that, but that would produce a major disrepency that had to be explained away. When a guy
is popular enough to win 60% of the vote, there's no question about it. The consequences of cheating that big would be obvious to anybody- and nobody
is going to risk a revolution. They'd give up and put the guy in power and either try to control him or try to kill him, but you can't put the genie
back in the bottle. Once the American people have had a president of their own choosing, they will notice the difference, and they will know that they
can't be stopped, and it will take a coup to put another puppet in office.
There's only one small problem with my idea: I'm asking Americans for their least valued possession: a moment of their time. I'm asking them 17
minutes a day. You spend that much time on commercials during 1 hour of television. The average American watches 4 hours of television a day. I'm
asking for 25% of the time that Americans spend on commercials, to save our country. And I must be out of my freaking mind if I think I'm going to