The US presidential election is not an example of real democracy in action.
The race for the Whitehouse is a dog and pony show that parades around a handful of rich people… rich people who will say and do whatever it takes to both stay in power and rise to higher positions.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because the news media will anxiously cover the entire process for years that it means anything. Sure, they enthusiastically report all the polls and scandals, and even take sides, but it doesn’t mean the US political system has any real gravitas.
No… these politicians will never have any real power, no matter how high up they rise. This is because, even though politicians are themselves rich, they usually have little money compared to those who fund them – billionaires and powerful groups like corporations.
The US political system only serves to create a buffer between the will of the people and the underlying power of the nation. This political system (as per many of the world’s systems) only gives the illusion of choice. The people are duped into thinking that by voting and campaigning that they are letting their voices be heard.
Sure, their voices may be heard to the point of getting a politician elected (or ousted), but it rarely goes beyond that. Real democracy is the voice of the people. When the voice of the people gets heard, the system will inevitably provide more for them.
This means that, to really be heard, Americans, just like people everywhere, need to stop waiting to for a politician to say the things that they agree with… and say it for themselves!
We all need to speak out on the issues that we care about.
Feel empowered! Exercise fearlessness! Speak out!