The Choice Is Yours
It’s almost election time and on November 2nd some of us will trudge off to the polls to vote. It seems like it has become a chore for many voters what with voter turnout only slightly more than half. The other half, then, apparently think that voting is a waste of time. Of course, it just could be general voter apathy or it could be that they’re too busy paying the bills and seeing how many chickens they can demolish. Either way, it’s your right as a citizen to be able to cast a ballot. Some would say that it’s your civic duty, even moral responsibility, to vote.
Regardless all of that, I’m pretty sure that a lot of conservatives will turnout with the prospect of recapturing control of Congress this year. Let’s hear it for the Elephants. It’s also a given that a lot of independents will try to vote out incumbents on both sides of the aisle. As for the liberals, they will probably have to concentrate on minimizing the damage by re-electing their standard bearers (the Harry Reids and Barney Franks of the world).
Just one piece of advice though – be careful that your vote isn’t simply irrelevant (not unlike a hanging chad). The great illusion is that because we can vote we therefore think we are free. The reality is that elections are only of value if there is a meaningful choice. Many countries are actually one-party systems, even though there may be some token opposition party. Even in so-called democratic countries, two or three party systems are almost always controlled by the same people.
Now I know that some of you are going to say: “but not in the good ole U.S. of A”. Of course, you could say that… but you’d be wrong. The whole left/right ideological food fight is all about distraction. Needless to say, most people have bought into this paradigm and their focus is, therefore, strictly limited to who wins and who loses. In reality, we the people all lose every time.
The conservatives voted Bush into office (twice) and I think that we can all agree that he was a conservative in name only; just look at his spending record. Obama? Well, he wasn’t really for change unless you count changing things for the worse. Today, we still have runaway spending by the government and two wars in the Middle East (and don’t believe that speech about how all the combat troops have left Iraq either). On top of that, the two of them are related! Fancy that. The elite families always seem to groom their own to participate on both sides of the political spectrum. That’s because there’s only one ideology that they really believe in… and that’s the ideology of control.
Just look at who the biggest contributor was to both the McCain and Obama campaigns. Surprise, it was the same people who control our economy through the Treasury and The Federal Reserve. While you’re at it, check out who owns The Federal Reserve (here’s a clue: it’s not the government). Then you will realize how The Fed is able to refuse to allow Congress to audit their books. Bottom line: they are the real power in Washington.
Remember, freedom is not a god-given right. It is something that has to be fought for and then jealously protected on a continuous basis. The founding fathers earned freedom for this great nation over 200 years ago and there will forever be someone trying to take it away. Unfortunately, Americans have grown fat and materialistically self-centered. The young generation has come to expect that the world will be handed to them on a silver platter. Life is too good. There is no national awareness that it could be any other way. However, today as always the choice is between governing ourselves or being ruled by a small elite. The choice is yours.