It is off season, off track voting day here in western Maine. My wife and I were talking about it last night. Young people tend not to vote: they are too busy and not particularly interested. For the young, voting falls someplace beneath getting laid, getting drunk, getting married, having kids, working to make ends meet…
I hate to admit it but I didn’t vote until I was almost forty…getting laid, drinking, hell raising, military deployments… and my wife was almost thirty before she voted: just living life seemed too complicated to worry about politics – which everyone knows you can do nothing about anyway.
We vote now. It comes with age. Though I am still not convinced that it solves any problems. I always vote for the less objectionable politician. (Obama was the exception: I really liked him). But, the government is so packed with politicians whose only aspirations is to remain in office at all cost – that the best you can do is to hope that the less objectionable party remains in control.
Politicians spend the majority of their time raising money to finance their campaigns to convince you to vote for them. Their allegiance is to the wealthy donors, and not to the voters. The title Senator and Congressperson is as close to a royalty class as there is in this country – and politicians will say anything and vote anything in order to secure their position.
The government has always been an oligarchy disguised as capitalism and run by the wealthy overlords, and it will always remain an oligarchy.
‘We The People” (us) are only duped into believing that we have some control on the outcomes. Bush became President, though he did not win the popular vote. Congress is full of gerrymandered Congress Persons. To say the system is rigged is a fair conclusion.
Political parties vie for control by placating and manipulating their selected demographics. Then when they get in office the party serves the overlords and the politicians live to secure their own positions.
A government “Of the people, for the people and by the people” can only exist in a utopian socialist world. Of course, true socialism can’t exist because the people in charge would vie for power and fuck it up.
I will go down and vote today, because that gives me the right to complain.
Either way, we will inherit the wind.