Another election cycle. Time for more ads to flood the airwaves, radio, and billboards. And for what? Does anything in this country ever really change? Not really, no. We tend to get the same shitty results no matter which party is in control of the government. You literally could blindly pick between republican and democratic candidates and you’d end up with the same lame results. Why? Because special interest groups run the two main political parties in this country.
And that’s why I don’t care anymore. People say that not voting is a waste of a vote. I would counter by saying that voting for someone who isn’t going to represent your best interests is also a waste of a vote. Either way your vote doesn’t matter. For a smattering of reasons. The aforementioned purchase of members of congress is a big one. But voters are also stupid. Consider this.
Congress has an approval rating of just 15% as of July 2014. That same poll reveals that 22% of Americans believe the best way to fix this problem is to vote everyone out of congress. But that won’t happen. Because people are stupid. How else can you explain the fact that despite congressional disapproval, 90% of incumbents won re-election last cycle? It seems pretty clear that most Americans hate institutions, but aren’t willing to hold individual members of those institutions accountable for their less-than-stellar results. Because…I don’t know why. Maybe because most Americans don’t know enough about civics and how the government actually functions (or is supposed to function). Maybe it’s because only 35% of Americans can even name their member of congress.
Which ultimately reminds me of something George Carlin once said. I won’t quote the entire bit, but it essentially amounts to this: if you have stupid, ignorant citizens, then you’re going to have stupid, ignorant leaders. Shocking, I know. Sometimes I stop and think, “Well, I guess this is the best America can do.” We’re a culture obsessed with money and material goods. We value celebrity over intellect. We sit on our asses and watch TV while shoveling Cheetos into our faces until we get heart disease and diabetes. We run up crazy credit card debt. We hate scientists and de-fund and gut education programs. Is it any wonder that our elected officials are incompetent morons?
There’s still some part of me that thinks that voting can make a difference, though. We just have to stop electing cookie-cutter morons. Stop electing people whose campaigns are bought and paid for by super PACS and special interests. From now on in every election I think I’m just going to vote for whoever the third party candidate is. They certainly haven’t been bought and paid for. To me, if a super PAC or special interest group isn’t interested in backing someone, it probably means that this person was overlooked because they’re actually a bright, conscionable person who would represent the interests of the people–not the interests of the PACS and other corporations and people trying to buy legislation. At the very least, they certainly couldn’t do a worse job than the idiots in congress right now.