I am surprised at the backlash from people who think that voting is the only way to change things. Let me explain my stance to y'all a bit more
clearly, and perhaps you will understand...or at least dismount off your high horse.
Here is the original thread which prompts this rant: www.abovetopsecret.com...
I agree with the original poster, BTW.
I have voted in every election, local and national, since 1979. I felt like a proud American, exercising my civil duties as a conscientious citizen.
I actually thought that I had a voice, and I used it at the ballot box every chance I got. When my kids were little, I'd load up the stroller and go
vote. I was one of those people who said smugly, "If you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain!"
The last time I voted was in 2008. I typically only voted third party candidates, but I broke ranks and voted for Obama, because I felt that another
Republican in office would have been the death knell for this country. My husband, a die-hard Republican, also broke ranks and voted for Obama,
thanks to my "educating" him.
We really bought into that "Hope and Change" baloney. Obama was going to end the pointless wars, close Guantanamo, bring government corruption to
heel, blah blah blah. Oh, how foolish I feel now!!
I have since done enough research, and enough thinking, to realize that the presidential elections
(not local) are completely bogus. I
suspected it in 2000, when the Supreme Court declared Dubya the winner and said that nobody needed to count the votes, it was a done deal. I notice
that the mainstream media is complicit in this farce. I realize that we have an electoral college, and it is not really a popular vote, but I am
beginning to see that these elections are rigged with two crappy, robotic candidates, and that is all we are allowed to hear about.
Even if most people wrote in "Ron Paul", do you really think TPTB would let him win? I don't trust the Diebold voting machines, and I don't trust
the results anymore. They can say whatever they want (the Republican primaries are proof of that), and we have to like it or lump it.
I look at it now like a car. Sure, it runs, but it is being towed by a big behemoth, and we sit behind the wheel, hit the gas, the brakes, and try to
steer it, but we only have the illusion of control. It is being towed in one definite direction, and you can pretend all you want, it's going to go
where it is being towed. I now choose not to get into that car at all.
It is not apathy which drives me away from the national polls, it is absolute, unmitigated disgust. I resent the implication that I am some "couch
potato", or somebody who sits back and doesn't care. I find that incredibly offensive. If y'all want to get in the car that you can't control,
and pretend to drive, be my guest. I respect your right to do it. All I ask is that you respect my right NOT TO.
As the great song from Rush goes: "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
I choose not to vote in any national elections. It is a conscious, active decision to not participate in a lie. I believe the people who are most
against this are the ones who are having severe cognitive dissonance regarding their long-held, cherished belief that voting can somehow fix
and resent the implication that I say that it is rigged, and fixes nothing.
We are NOT a democracy, we are a highjacked republic. Sorry if this doesn't square with your belief that the American system is infallible. It is
not. It is corrupt, rotten, and is being run by a shadow government, which is not elected. This is my story and I'm sticking to it.
Flame away if you must, but be respectful.
End of rant. Thank you for reading.