reply to post by Krazysh0t
(I just know it'll come as a system shock here..but I respectfully disagree..lol)
These people are exercising their freedoms by not voting just as much as the people going to vote are also exercising their
There is no law to vote. I'd never have it any other way. A vote forced is a worthless one and we have enough totally uninformed votes as it is
without adding that factor to the precious few who do bother to show up at all. The freedom exercised here is the freedom to let the system run itself
though. It will too, as we've watched. Gleefully. It's not pretty when a Republic 'runs itself', is it?
Maybe if we put forth better candidates then the puppets that are put forth now, more people would turn up to vote.
That's the whole key right there. Those who ONLY vote in the national ballot have already forfeited 90% of the race and their own ability to change
the outcome. It's down to the lesser of the evils...and it's getting to be the norm.
At some point you have to break the cycle, but how? The system is locked into an infinite loop of self-destruction.
We do have to break it. Absolutely. There is nothing locked about it though. That's the impression very deliberately given and then repeated until
it's believed among the public at large and it feeds even more disillusionment and apathy, making for an even BETTER situation to those in power and
those who put them there.
Fighting the flow of the cycle is futile. The people at the top and with the most power to implement change obviously don't want anything to
Convincing you of that has been the greatest victory the political class of this nation have ever pulled off and they've had near total success with
it. You CANNOT fight by force. The system has insured that's suicidal to the extreme without numbers the apathy will never support. You "can't" change
it from within because we've ALL been conditioned to believe it's all just out of the reach of any normal person.....and by election time, it sure is.
So the image is reinforced every time it comes up. The illusion.
Now in all honesty, I'm not some wizard of the ways of Washington. FAR FAR from it...though I WILL understand every stinking level of this mess by the
time I graduate University with a Masters in it. I had no IDEA how the system actually worked vs. how media and politicians led us to believe it
worked before Ron Paul's campaign people gave a training seminar on Caucus and how it *REALLY* works. Then I spent a good deal of my own time learning
beyond that before feeling SO strongly I changed my major from Graphics to Political Science.
However, BOTH parties would like to leave people thinking the Primary and Caucus systems are stuffy "party business" or even closed to the general
public participating. NOTHING could be further from the truth and in fact, THAT stage is where better than half the election is won or lost. Right
there...and before the official candidate selections are even made on a national level. So in general terms? We've lost this fight without even
realizing what the MOST CRITICAL battle even was!
Did you get the Caucus system explained in High School civics? I sure didn't I saw the word on flow charts and read the merest mention of the BASICS
of how it works in relation to everything else...but again, always with the impression it was deep party business and if smokey back rooms existed,
that was where they could be found.
The fact of the matter is.....if citizens stood in even a fraction of their LOW voting numbers at the stage where participation REALLY matters, we CAN
take this thing back. It won't happen in a single election. Too many seats cross elections in flipping them all. It would take 6 years of concerted
and sincere effort.....but anyone who says it can't be done should look into the part of the system I refer to here. What one finds may come as a
What I learned from Dr. Pauls people and then confirmed by experience of the caucus itself and my own research had and still DOES have me pissed
enough to spend years more in school in MUCH more difficult courses than graphics ever would have been to make damn sure I do all in MY power to see
change come...without killing people as some (perhaps not you) seem to JUMP at as a first choice.
edit on 27-1-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)