“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
This often repeated quote is attributed to Einstein (although it could have come from a number of people or just a modern-day meme). Although there is logic in this approach, in regards to voting, apparently it does not apply. So the question is, why not?
Most “Westernized” countries today are called democracies and Greece is usually considered the birthplace. The Greeks used “Direct Democracy” based on natural law, meaning that the individual citizen “meet to discuss all policy, and then make decisions by majority rule”. Unfortunately this was limited to males only. “Direct Democracy” was replaced by an “Indirect” or “Representational” system for practical reasons, where Representatives were chosen by vote to make decisions on behalf of the People. The United States is considered a Democracy, but technically it is a Republic (as stated in the Pledge of Allegiance).
On the surface, this system is considered to be optimal and of course can not be compared to dictatorships, Fascism of Communism, all of which eventually fail. So why does this system appear to be coming apart at the seems, and why is the state of the planet (let alone nation) falling into ruin? The reality, however unpopular, is that the “system” has been hacked, usually through massive donations from interest groups, and although there are multiple examples throughout history, the current Presidential race in the United States is definitive proof that the whole concept of democracy is a sick joke.
-By the numbers
If we examine the statistics, they give us a better understanding of the true situation. Taken from an article that appeared in the New York Times on August 1, 2016, the actual number of people that voted for either Clinton or Trump is as follows:
-The United States is home to 324 million people.
-103 million of them are children, noncitizens or ineligible felons, and they do not have the right to vote. (Balance = 221 million)
-88 million eligible adults do not vote at all, even in general elections.
-An additional 73 million did not vote in the primaries this year, but will most likely vote in the general election.
-The remaining 60 million people voted in the primaries: about 30 million each for Republicans and Democrats.
– But half of the primary voters chose other candidates. Just 14 percent of eligible adults — 9 percent of the whole nation — voted for either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton.”
So the math shows us that out of 221 million eligible US voters, only 60 million actually voted in the Primaries. That is about 27%. Of those, only half voted for either Clinton or Trump equalling 14% (13.57%) collectively. The actual numbers that voted for Trump was 13,300,472 and for Clinton 15,805,136, thus, 6% for Trump and 7.15% for Clinton.
As if these numbers were not insipid enough, we than have to consider the motivation of the voters. In a survey published by the Pew Research Center on 2 September, 2016, it states:
“Among Trump supporters, 44% say their choice is more a vote for Trump than a vote against Clinton, compared with 53% who say their vote is more against Clinton than for Trump. Those who support Clinton are slightly more likely to say their vote is more for the candidate (53%) than to say their vote is against Trump (46%).”
This unbelievable statistic means that out of the 6% of Americans that voted for Trump in the 2016 Primaries, only 44% (5,852,207) voted for him based on the belief that he would make a good President. This means that only 2.64% actually voted for Trump in a positive way and the rest through fear or distrust of Clinton becoming President. For Clinton it was higher at 53% (8,376,722) who voted based her campaign, which equals 3.78%, and the rest was made up of voters who distrusted or disliked Trump. How could anyone consider these stats as a winning display of democracy?
The above statistics don’t lie. The voters that choose Trump based on his campaign, policies, personality, etc., is 2.64% of the voting public. But in terms of the total population of the United States and generations to come, it represents 1.8%. For Clinton, the number was 3.78%, and again in terms of the total population of the United States and generations to come, it represents 2.59%. However, the failure of democracy, is that now the Primaries are over there is only a choice of two dubious candidates and all opposition is eliminated.
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