Some of you may not like this, but this is JJstan and it’s where the adults come to talk. Some may think it is overly cynical or perhaps just too idealistic. I think he’s spot on, and lest you think the political parties have any sort of popular ‘mandate,’ 45% of the voting public…didn’t. The candidate that got nearly twice the number of votes as either Trump or Clinton and swept every state was ‘None of the above.’ I voted, and it was to prevent a shooting war with Russia and/or an insurrection in the US. What I’m not, is inclined to believe is that Trump wouldn’t bring the .gov hammer down in me and mine because of moral reasons any more than his predecessors would have. Ideals are what differentiate between rule of law and the rule of power. I have no illusions about Trump/Sachs/MIC/Exxon Inc. and neither should you.
“Presidents are selected, not elected and behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing to allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
Americans don’t understand their government. They believe that we have a democracy in which we participate by voting. We never had a democracy although most people choose to ignore that. We once had a democratic republic.
“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
– H.L. Mencken
Our oligarchical government is where a small group of wealthy individuals have control over the critical mechanisms of state power, industry and economy. These people are unaccountable and they use their control for their personal financial interests, using national power to support their lifestyles and geopolitical ambitions. The ruling class in such a nation is often comprised of dynastic families who pass the baton of power back and forth between themselves, managing the illusion of change and evolution while never actually surrendering their control. The Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton experience is a current example of this.
A Princeton study published their conclusion that America had officially become an oligarchy. Former President Carter has commented about this, telling Oprah Winfrey’s audience that ‘now it’s just an oligarchy.’ These warnings follow decades of comments by former presidents and political figures warning us that our country was being taken over by shadowy financial interests.
There’s an obvious invisible government running America, yet we’re urged to vote. Why do they want us to participate in this charade if they know our vote doesn’t make any difference? Voting is a Tool to Create the Illusion of Consent. Many dictatorships hold political elections to manufacture the illusion of consent. Stalin is a good example of this. During his rule, while the Russians were being brutalized, election results came in showing over 99% support for the Communist Party.
The voting ritual does little to influence the direction of the nation. The oligarchy needs us to believe that we’re free so that we won’t get serious about revolution. Voting is the best tool for maintaining this illusion. It provides an outlet for our righteous indignation, pacifying your anger and sapping your political drive. It also acts as a survey to determine which policies will meet the least amount of popular resistance.
When Election Day arrives, knowing the candidates we’ve been presented with don’t represent our wishes, we’re passively expressing our willingness to accept the illusions. We’re contributing to the perception that our rulers have our permission to carry on, and by doing such we’re accepting ever further to their power over us.
If you’re one of the few who haven’t committed yourself to one of the phony political parties dominating America and are still trying to decide which ‘tool’ you’ll ‘vote’ for next Election, consider this: there’s no Constitutional requirement that you vote. There’s no law that requires you to consent to the corruption, lies, criminality, war-mongering, fear, hate, stupidity, tyranny, surveillance and self-destruction being sold by ‘our’ candidates. You’re still free to abstain should your value system be insulted by the ‘election’ process.
‘Consumers’ are bullied and intimidated into voting. You’re regularly told to vote because it’s your ‘civic duty’, because; you have no right to complain about the government unless you vote, every vote counts, we must present a unified front, the future of the nation depends on it, by not voting you’re voting, the “other” candidate must be defeated at all costs, because the future of the Supreme Court depends on your vote.
Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.
In the Empire ‘consumers’ are doing everything they can to stay asleep, spiritually and emotionally. History and fate have given America the ‘rope to hang itself with’; No invasions, no famines, no plagues and vast wealth to burrow down into in denial, lots of drugs. No need for social solidarity.
America bombs weddings at a distance, with no accountability by man or nature. The schools don’t teach, the hospitals don’t heal, the police don’t protect, the government doesn’t govern; yet the band plays on as the bridges crumble and another foreign war begins.“We’re great because we’re good” the churches tell you; little true dialog and ‘our leaders’ projecting our own inner demons onto others alongside a vast inner wasteland of boarded homes and crumbling factories of the country where the only thing missing is a fact-check from neutral parties.
A man subjected to a government that he doesn’t want, is a slave. There’s no difference, in principle between political and chattel slavery. Each denies a man’s ownership of himself and his efforts.
We vote for candidates that promise no more wars and then get more wars. In America we’re expected to adopt the ‘truth’ of the day as in Orwell’s 1984, believing the politically correct lies about various groups and so political group think marches on. We speak of our connection to the English empire, making our own almost in its image, ignoring that the English are despised for the way they swaggered around the world, as America now does.
If voting worked, wouldn’t it have worked by now? After generations of voting in national elections, shouldn’t we be nose-deep in justice and liberty? ‘Too big to fail’ bailouts, endless wars, and Obamacare were opposed by something like ninety per cent of ‘consumers’ yet they became law. Shall we continue to imagine a miraculous transformation is just an election away?
From pre-school, we’re taught to worship the state. In the public ‘education’ system schoolchildren perform the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. Political rallies and government meetings are still often begun with that pledge habit. We have come to equate the flag, the pledge and the national anthem with patriotism, and patriotism with government, country and support for government, support for foreign wars and veterans. Anything less is ‘un-American’.
Wars aren’t for patriotism and ‘democracy’ as we’re propagandized. ‘Our’ wars are to kill, for profit. Big business and global bankers reap massive profits from the sacrifice of young men on all sides of combat. All of this comes from the legitimization provided for by the ‘voting’ charade.
People who elect corrupt politicians aren’t victims but accomplices.
Voting is a tool for tyrants; they need the blame shifted from themselves to the willing accomplices/voters for the crimes they commit and those uncommitted up to the time they resume their wicked tasks of threatening, fining, kidnapping, maiming and killing selected targets who happen into the sight of the government machine focused on its latest project.
Your attendance in government schools was a finishing process to make sure you slaves think you’re free. Who in their right mind can contend that voting has made them free? If you vote, don’t complain. You put the leash in your mouth and handed the keys to your cage to a psychopath in a suit.
Our fellow citizens are willing to destroy all that America is supposed to mean in order to simply ‘win’. Win what? Win against other Americans? Win against the rule of law? Win against legitimacy of government? Win against proper governance? A vote in America is a vote for the rule of the jungle, the rule of might over right.
Trump did not change the fact that we’re ungovernable under our current government version. People don’t want freedom, and you’re greatly mistaken if you think this recent election was about anything other than jobs, corruption and immigration. Politicians are the biggest liars on the planet. They will say whatever they think a voter wants to hear so they can get his vote.
Most Americans don’t vote because the political system doesn’t represent them. We’ve been disenfranchised by decades of corrupt, unrepresentative politicians. America’s oligarchy ‘elected’ by a minority of voters ruled by a smaller minority of disliked politicians who represent an even smaller minority of billionaires and special interests. We’re told ‘consumers’ who voted for the black guy allegedly refused to vote for the woman because they’re intolerant.
I read that ‘our government’ tells us the Russians interfered in ‘our election’. Everyone is appalled and angry they would do such a thing to ‘our’ fine ‘democracy but they forget the things the Empire has done which are much worse, even if the Russians did actually mess in our process. What was worse? We’ve overthrown nearly every country to our south several times just for starters.
“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship, you don’t have to waste your time voting.” Charles Bukowski
“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”- H. L. Mencken
“Freedom begins between the ears.”.- Edward Abbey
– Craig Dudley