Let’s cut the crap. Whether you vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama this November, you are essentially voting for the same guy. I’ll grant you, they do a heck of a job convincing people that they are wildly different from each other, but considering how we just watched the most “grass-roots; man of the people” president in my lifetime go through his term, and I’m drawing a blank for how he is much different from his predecessor, I would say it’s true.
Let’s do some call and response:
C: Didn’t this president facilitate the bank bailout that his predecessor supported while the majority of Americans didn’t?
R: And saved American jobs!
C: Isn’t Guantanamo Bay still open?
C: Still fighting the same wars?
R: Yes, but it’s slowly transitioning from a publicly funded war to a privatized one.
C: Oh good! But it’s still the same war fought by the same people, right?
R: Well, yes.
C: Aren’t they still raising most political funds through large conglomerates who are only interested in profit margins?
R: A necessary evil.
C: The war on terror is a thing of the past, huh? Then why did we kill Osama Bin Laden in cold blood?
R: So we can all feel safer.
C: Uh huh.
You may say Obama is much different from conservatives because he is trying to nationalize healthcare. Does anyone remember when George W. Bush nationalized the education system to “communistic” proportions through the “No Child Left Behind” bull crap? People! Just because these guys say different things doesn’t at all imply that they are about different things. They are built in the same lab. We all say that politicians just pander to us, and they are a bunch of hypocrites, but are we any better? If I say that what comes out of a politicians mouth doesn’t matter if his actions don’t match, but still give credence to political “debates” and convention speeches am I not also a hypocrite?
When are we going to stop believing with our actions that the entire American political landscape is where our democratic promises lay? Every four to eight years a new “leader of the free earth” is elected who promises to “clean up Washington.” But let’s think about this. Who finds the person we elect? Where does this person come from? 95% of us hadn’t even heard of the guy before he shows up on the news as our next hopeful leader. We do have a real choice about who gets elected president, that’s true. However, how many of us have a choice about what our choices will be? There’s an old sales trick where you ask the person if they want one product or two instead of the obvious pre-question of “do you want to buy the product at all.” This is our “democratic” system. Those who are really in power don’t really care that much if we vote Romney or Obama. Why? Because they make a profit on either one. Sure, I’ll grant you that they will make a bigger profit on Romney, but they are willing to suggest the proverbial “one product” as a real possibility if it will make you forget that “neither” is still a choice. You see, the bureaucrats who actually run our political system don’t get voted out. The guard changes every four years, but what’s being “guarded” is fixed to the ground. It makes sense why every political election feels the exact same in the end. It’s the same director for each movie. And unfortunately, it’s a lot more Michael Bay than the Coen Brothers.
Our founding fathers gave us a democracy. It’s true that this means that all men are created equal…on paper. They created a system of checks and balances, and a legal system that can evolve with the needs and wills of these equal people. What they didn’t give us, though, is a contingency plan in the case that the system is being hijacked. Thomas Jefferson did say that our democracy would need to be “refreshed” from time to time by revolt against those who have become too comfortable in self-serving power, but he gave us no formula for how carry out said revolt. His actual assumption was that it would need to be bloody which I suppose insinuates anarchistic violence. But for a pacifist like myself, this just will not do.
For Americans, the plan to create change is by voting. I on the other hand have become convinced that my vote no longer touches the arena needing real change. Our democracy has been hijacked by super pacs, bureaucrats, and spooks; and they have learned this powerful truth: if they keep us entertained by political theater they can keep our voice out of what’s really going on.
I hate to say this, it pains me to say this, but our vote doesn’t matter. I know, I know! I am a so-called red-blooded, Bible-belted American like so many of you who have been indoctrinated to believe that our vote matters too, and in a lot of ways I do still believe that could be true. But right now, in this election, in this system that has been playing on a loop since I have been able to vote, my vote doesn’t matter. It’s the same guy.
So, will I vote this November? I will. It won’t be a “legitimate” vote because my “man” is not of this world. He is not of the world of bureaucracies, or even democracies. He pays no mind to dictators or Caesars. He is a proven revolutionary and a proven savior. This November, I will cast my vote for Jesus of Nazareth. I will write Him in because His is the only grass roots campaign that I’ve known to topple empires through non-violence and righteousness. He is the only one who can “clean-up” Washington, and I for one long to see that city get a bath.
When I cast my vote for Jesus it obviously will not be a vote in the traditional sense. It will be a prayer. And I pray that His name, the name above all names, when written on these still sacred ballots will enact the ancient litany “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven” throughout the fabric of our broken democracy. This is my small revolt. You may say it is insignificant, but I believe that the most powerful actions are as small as mustard seeds. I believe it is the original “leader of the free world” who came up with that one.
- Joel S. Hirschhorn – Wake Up: Reject the Two-Party Plutocracy (prn.fm)
- If you don’t support either of the Presidential nominees, is it un-American not to vote? (trevorlong85.wordpress.com)