Originally posted by randyvs
reply to post by LeftWingLarry
Ok I'm understanding you a little better from a patriotic point of view.
I love my country of course. That's why the thread.
But here's a flash for you partner. YOUR VOTE IS SUPPOSED TO COUNT !
You are supposed to have confidence in that fact.
I'm a proponent of Proportional Representation for just that reason. However, even using a system like First Past The Post, it does count. Every
single vote counts, especially to a small party. One extra vote means 'they' (your opponents) need one extra vote to win. I believe it's 5% of the
vote that is required to receive federal funding for a party in the US. If enough of the people who say 'I'm not voting, my vote doesn't count!'
voted for a decent third party candidate, you might be well on the way to achieving that five percent mark as more people hear about you. From there,
it's just a snowball effect. A social meme. "I'm voting [party]!" can be heard on street corners, or read on bumper stickers and billboards. Get
the 'sheeple' on board. The masses are arguably one of the greatest sources of influence in a democratic system- even a flawed one. An idea is
infectious and spreads easily. The biggest threat to democracy is when the people themselves feel that it isn't worth it anymore.
The system is broken. Nothing but crooks and traitors to vote for.
What do you do? DON'T say vote. We just established that does nothing.
So who's on first?
Campaign, be vocal, spread the message, debate, protest marches, rallies, and
vote. You have rights to free speech, peaceful assembly, etc. You
can spread the word online and off.
Baby steps? Larry there isn't time for baby steps. Very soon a lot of people in America are going to be hurting.
It's already begun in my world.
Baby steps won't suffice.
And, like every other crisis in Human history, life will go on. Building a better future is the way forward, and building a party that people can
actually get behind with politicians they support, who aren't corrupt, who don't take bribes, who keep to their word and who have the same ideals as
you- That's what democracy is all about. It's the future. Parties weren't always 'Republicans' and 'Democrats' or 'Labour and
Conservative'... parties change and shift, and you need a rough long-term goal which you or your children can achieve.
If I was the PTB, and I had the power that people say they do, I'd want
the people who call themselves 'awake' not to vote. I want
them to feel alienated by 'the system' and by the rest of society. I'd want
them to do this, because it would make it easier for me to guide
the masses and keep myself in power. It makes it easier for them to portray you all as 'crazy' or 'apathetic' or 'out of touch'. Are you really
going to just sit back and let that happen, without even letting your (currently tiny) voice be heard? You should be trying to plant the seed that
future generations can water and grow, like the founding fathers of your nation tried to. Maybe you can pick up where they left off.
[edit on 8-8-2010 by LeftWingLarry]