The banality of American politics

Dont forget to voteVoters of any country are not qualified to decide on complex issues, and so must be persuaded to vote for representatives to carry out general impulses such as “peace” or “fiscal restraint.” The most important thing an electorate can do is vote people out of office and bring new ones in.

But in an oligarchy, there is no chance to vote for those who are de facto in power. We only have a general sense of where power lies, and certainly have no voting power on the matter.

Even on matters of life and death … did voting Democrats into power in 2006 end the Iraq aggression? Who voted to decimate Libya and Syria, install a putsch government in Ukraine? When is public opinion ever consulted on such matters?

What about matters of finance? Who votes to ratify the head of the Federal Reserve? Who even knows its name? Control of Treasury is jostled among major Wall Street Banks no matter the party in power. The public treasury is at their disposal, but unavailable to those most affected by fiscal disasters brought about by those same Wall Street agents.

What about public policy regarding our commons, even our health care system? Major legislation, such the Affordable Care Act or the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act are written in secret by agents of private corporations. This is standard practice. The finished bills are handed to elected officers, who are told to stamp their name on the bottom.

“News” is given to us by the same private powers that start the wars and write the legislation. The public is kept in the dark and only fed information that serves power.

People are often critical of me because I do not vote. (I send in a ballot, mostly blank, in case something important comes up.) But politics is trivial, and in an oligarchy, an expression of futility.

I have no illusions about democracy, which is dangerous. But the republican form of government is long-lost to us as well.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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2 Responses to The banality of American politics

  1. Steve W says:

    Actually, the voters of this country are just people. And people are pretty easy to herd if you have enough motivation and resources. We have an entire structure set up just for that and so all of us are herded daily.

    Are people cynical? You bet. And that leads to apathy.

    I vote because I enjoy voting. If someone doesn’t want to vote, who cares? I probably registered over 100 people to vote this year working as a canvasser to oppose Legislative Referendum #126. Our legislature put it on the ballot to see if the voters want to make it harder to vote. i seriously doubt they do.

    I occasionally ran into people who would proudly exclaim, “I don’t vote!” and await my expression of hurt, disgust, and horror. Yet I really don’t care. Adults can vote or not vote as they see fit. So then some would try to start telling me why they don’t vote. But I really didn’t have time to talk to them about their profound revolutionary non-voting decision. i was looking for voters, not

    Every single thing anyone has ever done at anytime is an expression in futility if you look at it from the right (or wrong) perspective.

    I happen to believe that the people passing medical cannabis in Montana was a positive expression of the will of the people. it actually changed things on the ground. And even though the legislature, Fred Van Valkenberg and our states US federal prosecutor ran rough shod over the rights of the people, it still changed things. Things are different than they were. Even if they aren’t as different as people want or as different as what we voted for.

    Politics is a lot like farming. No matter how much work you did, next year you have to go out and do it all over again. It’s never fixed, It’s just always in a state of more or less fixedness.

    We are now an empire. So stuff like democracy, republicanism, and representative government are all expendable on a daily basis. As you point out.

    Still, I enjoy voting.

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    • I voted against an initiative down here that would use revenue from a race track for schools. it’s not like I don’t vote. I am just not swayed by the whores and charletons who masquerade as public servants.

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