The U.S. government is constantly telling us to get out and VOTE. It’s a farce. The aim is to get Americans to buy into the LIE that their vote matters. Why do I say this? Because everything the government does is designed to make our votes NOT matter in the slightest. Here’s why:
Campaign Financing Reform
Congress will never ratify true campaign financing reform. It’s against THEIR interests to do so. They want free money and lots of it pouring into their campaign war chests at all times and they’ve even made laws protecting their right to use that political money for personal use.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) that corporations are people with free speech rights and their free speech equates to donating tons of money into political campaigns with zero accountability.
Ralph Nader, a lawyer who placed third in the popular vote in the presidential elections of 2000, 2004, and 2008, condemned the ruling, saying that “With this decision, corporations can now directly pour vast amounts of corporate money, through independent expenditures, into the electoral swamp already flooded with corporate campaign PAC contribution dollars.”
Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party, stated that “The ruling especially hurts the ability of parties that don’t accept corporate contributions, like the Green Party, to compete.” Another Green Party officer, Rich Whitney, stated “In a transparently political decision, a majority of the US Supreme Court overturned its own recent precedent and paid tribute to the giant corporate interests that already wield tremendous power over our political process and political speech.”
Redistricting, better known as gerrymandering, the definition of which is manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group . Electoral districts are routinely redrawn to change the voter demographic. This has been going on for many years.
Discouraging or preventing people from exercising the right to vote. Voter suppression techniques include voter caging (challenging the registration status of voters), intimidation of voters at polling places and felony disenfranchisement. Research has shown that suppression of voters has become an integral part of politics for both liberals and conservatives in the USA and across the Western World.
Voting Rights Act
In 2013 the Supreme Court invalidated an integral part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The justices ruled Congress has been using obsolete information in continuing to require nine states with a history of racial discrimination to obtain federal approval for changes to voting rules. In recent years, Democrats have accused Republicans at the state level of enacting measures including congressional redistricting and voter identification laws to suppress the vote of minority groups likely to support Democratic candidates.
Election Day Run Around
And lastly, or maybe firstly — how about the fact that while many countries make their election days a national holiday, we in America must try to squeeze in waiting in line to vote (and in some places, very long lines) during a regular work day while we have myriad other things to do including caring for ourselves, our children, ill relatives and so forth.
Americans should en masse NOT vote. Nobody should go to the polls. That way we’ll be telling our politicians that we actually noticed the wool they’ve been pulling over our eyes all these years. The only people going to the polls would be the CEOs voting for their CORPORATE “first amendment” rights at the expense of everyone else’s. That’s what they do anyway. Maybe then our bullshitting politicians will get the hint that their asses are on the line.
I originally posted this article to another blog on November 2, 2014 – it belongs here.