It seems as if some grand delusion has swept the country over the last few election cycles that somehow has our populace believing that we can actually affect a change without entirely dismantling the machinations of our corrupted political system, simply by voting for an “outsider” or “dark horse” candidate within the two major parties.
I’m not certain of how this phenomenon of grand delusion was able to captivate the collective consciousness of such large portions of our population, but I can certainly tell you how it began.
Over the past decade, polls have shown the increasing amount of the American people’s distrust and disdain for our government, and the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats that comprise it. All the bankers, billionaires, and businessmen that actually run our country needed to do was to find someone that they could sell to the American people as providing some hope for “change.”
However, any candidate that threatens the established paradigm of power has to run a gauntlet of exclusion and marginalization that quite literally precludes any expectation that they can actually be taken seriously as a candidate that could be, in the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “selected” as president.
We need to look no further than the statements of the primary author of our Constitution, James Madison, to see that this country’s government has always had protection of the rich and privileged class as its primary objective. When discussing the creation of the Senate, Madison stated that the bicameral legislature, “…ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.”
The bankers, billionaires, and businessmen have owned our government since the time of its creation. There are so many apparatuses in place to perpetuate this phenomenon, that we will never see any true change from an election until we overhaul the system.
First of all, if you aren’t a Republican or Democratic candidate, you won’t get any press coverage. Also, you will not be allowed to participate in nationally televised debates. Green Party candidate Ralph Nader was threatened with arrest and escorted from the site of the debate in 2000, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who would not go quietly, was arrested at the site of the national debate in 2012.
If you decide that those odds are too great, and announce your candidacy as a Republican or Democratic candidate, there are several internal processes within the parties’ convention, caucus, and primary rules and regulations to further exclude any “troublemakers” that threaten the existing balance of power.
Ron Paul should have easily won the Republican nomination in 2012, but as Mitt Romney stated in the 2014 documentary, “Mitt,” “In some ways, we kind of had to steal the Republican nomination.” Primaries were rigged, convention rules were changed, and we should all remember that Paul was told that he could not even speak at the Republican national convention unless he supported Mitt Romney within the context of his speech.
Then take into consideration all of the various voting manipulations, such as gerrymandering, distant and understaffed polling places in unfavorable districts, hanging chads, the electoral college, and voting machine tampering, and you’re still not getting the full picture of all the various mechanisms that they have in place to screw the American people out of any infinitesimal chance of having a say in who the puppet is that takes orders from the banks and corporations.
Change will never be allowed in American politics (or any other country in the world that has a government corrupted by the banks and corporations) without at least, in part, dismantling the system in place. As the late great George Carlin said, all we have in America is, “…the illusion of choice.”
The sooner that we realize that, and stop pinning the tail of our hopes on a donkey or elephant, the less energy that we can put into supporting candidates, and the more energy we can use to focus on how to empower ourselves to Unite as a people, and be the force for change that we would like to see for our country.