I was curious about something, about an idea. I often get criticized about my views on voting. I do not partake in the democratic political process anymore, especially presidential elections, because I understand them to be a fraud and a hoax. They are, very simply, theatrical events to give you the illusion of choice and the feeling that “government is all of us.” Because of this, I was curious what percentage of Americans think that elections are rigged. After doing a super fast google I search learned that there are a bunch of numbers out there but all of them are equally high.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, two-thirds of Americans view the selection for the party candidate as rigged in favor of candidates close to the political party. The Chicago Sun reports: “Data shows that voter turnout in the midterm election hit a 72-year low, and this might be one reason why: A majority of Americans continue to believe that elections are rigged in favor of incumbents. In other words, why bother heading to the polls? A newly-released poll from Rasmussen Reports shows that 59 percent of Americans believe most members of Congress are re-elected simply because the election process significantly favors incumbents.”
In 2014, 68% of voters believed the system was rigged.
It made me think. If someone was to just do an informal survey by asking random people on the street whether or not the political process is rigged, I’m sure you would get 60% of the people to say that elections are rigged. This of course proves the point that your vote doesn’t matter (and it really doesn’t matter). Essentially, the idea that your vote can make a difference can be expressed as 1/n where “n” is the number of votes in the election. So an election with 100 million voters means your vote carries a weight of about 1 millionth of a percent. So not only is your vote statistically useless, we all know that the system is rigged and still cast our votes (give our consent) for which murderous crook is going to rule over us.
Is it narcissism? Dependent personality disorder? Stockholm Syndrome? What is it that allows you to know that statistically your vote is worthless and the system is rigged but you still try and change things through it? To me, it just seems like madness. So far, the only reasonable excuse I’ve seen for taking part in the political process is to spread the idea of liberty and self ownership. That the point isn’t to win votes but expose people to ideas (this of course is not so much on the voter’s side as the politicians). I can see this to a degree since, like most of you, Ron Paul really opened my eyes to a lot of concepts. The problem for using this as a reason to vote is that Ron didn’t get elected and nothing changed. The sole positive was that a few of us started reading Hayek, Mises and Rothbard who otherwise probably wouldn’t have. But even this excuse is weak, it’s easy to start a blog to spread ideas. It’s easy to start a podcast. It’s easy to have these conversations with friends and family; to show them logic and reasons for why we think the way we think. This idea about casting votes still puts faith in a single flawed person to bring about mass changes and utopia when YOU could be starting a blog, a podcast, or a youtube channel to get these idea’s out NOW.
We have this head knowledge that voting does nothing but cling to the democratic process, not for rational reasons, but because we enjoy even having lies there to give us the illusion of support.