You know what? Maybe I am a conspiracy theorist, but I’m actually willing to believe that our government, for the most part, is conspiring FOR US. Not against us.
Watching this past election year has me convinced that we have a rigged democracy, but I’m not about to lay out some mind-opening conspiracy theory and convince you to join a chaotic, anarchic disturbance across our land. Quite the opposite, really. I want you to settle down and appreciate the scheme.
It was the summer of 2015 when I told my friends and family that this entire election was a sham, and that Hillary would win, especially after it was apparent that Mitt Romney wasn’t going to run again; he was the only viable threat. And then my thoughts were cemented after WikiLeaks released emails that showed top officials of the Democratic National Committee were conspiring against Bernie Sanders.
Your panicked democrat might have said this year, “Hillary isn’t a lock to win. Trump is getting all the ratings and votes no matter what he says.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Ratings mean nothing. Negative publicity is a bad thing, regardless of the saying. And he’s getting the majority of the votes from a divided Republican Party. The majority of Americans today are Democrats who aren’t racist, aren’t blind, and aren’t psychotic enough to vote for Trump.
“But this poll and that poll are in his favor.”
When you poll 500 Republicans from the south who are all over the age of 60, then even Hitler would score a few votes versus the Clintons, let alone Dumpy Trumpy.
Whether by design or by chance, Donald Trump is a perfect opponent for the Democratic Party because he’s completely un-electable. He is one of the few humans less likable than Ted Cruz. That in itself is a horrific feat.
So let’s say I’m right; that this entire election is rigged to put the Clintons in power again. Is that so bad?
Let’s pretend that the alternative wasn’t a psycho like Trump–that it was someone moderate, like Mitt Romney. Is it still so bad that Hillary wins? Is it so bad that we have a rigged democracy…?
In my opinion, NO, because as a whole this country is too biased to vote, or too blinded by advertisements, or lack knowledge on major domestic and global issues. And I include myself in all those categories.
There are Republicans that will vote for Donald Trump simply because he’s part of the Republican Party, with absolute disregard for his bigotry. Meanwhile, people like me have never even considered voting Republican because we’re blinded by the promises of the Democratic Party. But personally I’d rather vote for a liar than a bigot.
I voted for John Kerry, Barack Obama, and I will vote Hillary Clinton. Am I voting for them because I’ve researched their policies and consider them the smartest candidate? No. I’m an asshole like most others and vote because they’re on “my team.” It just so happens this time around the Republicans have the worst candidate in history, so the choice is easy. And in my estimation that was by design.
Yet even when we vote, does it really mean anything? Not in 2000. Not in 2004. It won’t matter in 2016 because Hillary is guaranteed to win.
In two out of five elections your vote matters! I guess that’s better than never having a vote in a monarchy.
Voting for President gives us the illusion of power because ultimately the President is a puppet of billionaires and congress. And quite honestly, I don’t care who is President as long as they are smart, open minded, and patient (AKA, Barack Obama).
I would prefer that my votes meant more for legislation, yet legislation is also a puppet of billionaires and congress.
It’s in part because of our illusion of voting “rights” that this saying rings so true, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” But I look at America’s history and our progress, and compare it to the rest of the world, and I say to myself, I would not trade places with any other society. I would rather live in a rigged America than any other country.
I am so happy this country elected a Black President, and soon to be a female President. That’s REAL progress, whether or not it’s rigged. This isn’t possible in so many other countries around the world. And though we can do better overall as a society–equal pay, abortion rights, marriage equality, racism–right now there’s no better place in the world. So just chill out. We’re going to do just fine with Hillary.
Utopia is an impossible goal we must continue striving to reach.