Why The Whole Thing Should Be Burnt To The Ground (and why it won’t)
Sign one or two Change.org petitions and you’ve pretty much welcomed in a lifetime of left leaning spam. If I were to believe my inbox, Kirsten Gillibrand and Ross Offinger seemingly give a fuck about me. Al Franken, who gladly attacks Internet freedom out of self-interest and corporate ties, actually wants lobbyists stymied. Oh, and President Obama is going to rescue the country from bankers.
Those of us who live somewhere in the middle—who would like a house that retains some value, civil rights, a decent job and a President who doesn’t want to blow up people in desert regions—don’t have a whole lot to hope for.
While Obama (who has a market on naive apologists) and Romney (who has a market on birthers/homophobes) will both lie through their teeth to get elected, both will also simply enact the agenda of the other. Our political system is a cash cow for assholes who want power.
In 2008, 56.8 percent of the country voted compared to 55.3 percent in 2004. Not a huge difference, and, since 1968, the percentage of Americans who vote has never broken 60 percent. This election we can again expect that a little under half the country will simply say, “Screw it. I’m staying home.” National apathy remains rampant, coaxed along by political machines in both parties.
These machines have no vested interest other than to accumulate money and maintain authority. Quite wisely, the ethereal elite line up to back both machines. In this way they never lose. Conversely, those of us with legitimate day to day concerns never win.
So why continue to support such a system? Abandon it. This year I’ll gladly throw my vote away—and you should do the same. Nothing you do matters. Don’t let that make you angry. Don’t let it make you disenfranchised.
Vote for Roseanne. A communist. A white supremacist. But don’t think anything will change.