I recently came across a tweet that read: “The presidential election is like the political version of the Super Bowl: Everyone gets caught up in cheering for their favorite team, but after the game is over, your life is pretty much the same.”
Another commenter posited: “If voting really changed anything, governments would make it illegal.”
The same commenter wrote: “If you want to keep voting, that’s your business. I think it’s immoral and counterproductive, but that’s your decision.”
Since 1852, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have dominated the United States’ political party system. These two parties have won every presidential election since 1852 and have controlled the U.S. Congress since 1856.
Every election cycle repeats the same old song and dance. Politicians make promises to change the status quo to improve the lives of their constituents and the general populace. And although there has been notable progress through participatory civic engagement, the weight of evidence suggests that here in the United States, voting does not produce change very often, and on the rare occasion that it does, the health, wealth, and education gap remain statistically insignificant.
Voters overwhelmingly believe their participation makes a difference. Voters want to believe the people they are putting in office will fight for them rather than pursue their own personal agendas. Voters have been conditioned to believe that their lives will be significantly better, or worse, based on the political party that occupies the White House and Congress.
The fact is, special interest groups, large corporations, and lobbyists dominate U.S. politics. These well-organized groups of bloodthirsty mercenaries and highly motivated extremists cater to their clients’ long-term economic needs and at the peril of the American people.
U.S. politics is nothing more than a fight between competing wealthy factions, none of whom genuinely care about the nation or its people.
Here is the stark reality. No one is coming to help you. So while voting might give us a sense of patriotic pride, voting will not save us, at least not in the realm of our personal lives. It is up to us to break free from blindly following political puppet masters and adopt a self-directed approach to improving our lives and those within our concentric circle.
The power to figure out what we want to accomplish in life and how to get there comes from within.
Do you agree/disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts.