Why Vote When Our Votes Don’t Really Count?

Written by on May 4, 2016 in Government, Politics with 20 Comments

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By Catherine J. Frompovich | Activist Post

For years I never could understand why people said it was not worth voting and that things were rigged.  I found that to be anathema to both my studies and beliefs.  However, the last several general election cycles seem to have impressed upon me and others, apparently, that there may be some validation for such remarks.

Personally, I’m a registered Independent!  I’m not very impressed with party politics, since Democratic candidates usually are, or have been, Republicans who switched parties, and vice versa.  Current political shenanigans only leave me cold since the political agenda ‘de jour’ is about “political correctness” and memes restructuring society into a moral morass, in my opinion, rather than dealing with real issues that are pushing us into a Corporatocracy.  But that’s my opinion!

One of the more famous political party ‘fence jumpers’ was the late Ronald Reagan, the Republican 40th President of the USA, who started out as a registered Democrat and an FDR’s New Deal supporter in California.

Hillary Clinton—yes—the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee hopeful campaigned for Republican presidential campaigner Richard Nixon, and also worked for Barry Goldwater’s campaign in 1964.  Hillary even was elected president of Wellesley College’s Young Republican Club!

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Leon Panetta joined the Nixon (R) administration as director of the Office of Civil Rights only later to become Bill Clinton’s (D) White House Chief of Staff!

Condoleezza Rice was a registered Democrat, who voted for Jimmy Carter (D) but switched and became a rather high ranking Republican in the George W Bush (R) administration.

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat, who became the Republican mayor of New York City.

The late Senator Arlen Spector represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from 1981 to 2009, but was a Democrat from 2009 to 2011.

Democratic political ‘gadfly’ Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was a Republican at one time too!

Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post also is a political ‘fence jumper’.

Former Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole switched from being a Democrat in 1969, and eventually wound up being in Republican president Reagan’s administration and Cabinet.  [1]

This website lists 21 of the most famous political party switchers of all time.

Those who bang political party drums seem not to see the forest for the trees, in my opinion.  Party politics infighting and voting party lines really leave me to wonder, “Can’t anyone think outside the box he or she has pledged their loyalties and surrendered their minds to?”

All the above leads up to this overlooked theme regarding politics, elections, and voting: Party politics rule-making and rigging!  A friend recently emailed James Perloff’s Blog wherein Perloff tells the story of what happened to a 2012 alternate delegate at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, who was representing candidate Ron Paul.

Delegate Rachel McIntosh obviously had a very rude awakening about the dark, stinky underside belly of presidential campaign politics, conventions, and party national committees, which I think you will find equally disturbing after your read about her experiences here.

The upshot of McIntosh’s story is how Ron Paul was ‘railroaded’ at the convention and Mitt Romney wound up being the ‘favorite son’ and nominee of the Republican Party.  It would seem that the very same shenanigans are going on now and the RNC is between a rock and a hard place regarding Donald Trump’s popularity, including his majority of pledged delegates.

Frankly, what I don’t understand is how voters will allow party bosses to manipulate who becomes any party’s presidential nominee, instead of what the people decide.  What’s the use of holding caucuses, primaries, or even general elections, if it’s all rigged?  I think all that political BS boils down to whom they—the controllers—can control while in the White House.  The current president seems to be the ideal example.  Hillary will be the perfect follow through president to sink the U.S. ship of state, in my opinion.  However, with twelve FBI agents investigating her State Department emails, there’s a possibility that her derriere may wind up in ‘Quantico’ or somewhere like that, I offer.  Since most legal minds agree there are legal problems for Hillary, see what you think after this news analyst explains.

Hillary, like Barack Obama has, will rubber stamp the New World Order-Rockefeller-Rothschild-U.N. Agenda.  However, Ron Paul would not march to party bosses dictums or the New World Order contingent’s plans and dreams for our future.  Will The Donald or Bernie?

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As Perloff says,

If you want to glimpse how far back this sort of power-brokering goes, read Ferdinand Lundberg’s 1937 classic America’s Sixty Families. He related how, a century ago, the rich were scorning voters and maneuvering their own choices into nominations, whether a Democrat like Woodrow Wilson in 1912 or a Republican like Herbert Hoover in 1928. [2]

So, shouldn’t we be asking, “What’s voting all about, and do our votes really count?”

To add to all the above, this article and video explain that computer programmers code computers to rig elections!  That, I find totally reprehensible.  What’s the use of voting?

This YouTube video, wherein a computer programmer, Clinton Eugene Curtis, under oath in Florida says that in October of 2000 he was asked to write a program to rig elections; that “would flip the vote 51-49”; and confirmed that there is “vote rigging software.”  His testimony will make you cringe when you hear him say, “…to control the votes in South Florida.”  The 2000 presidential election is the one the U.S. Supreme Court decided!  What happened to the voters’ votes?

Can, or will, that happen again, especially in 2016?

References:

[1] http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/charlie-crist-21-famous-political-party-switchers-time/story?id=20788202#2
[2] https://jamesperloff.com/blog/

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich coming in Summer 2016

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  1. 1180942818601733@facebook.com' Barbara J Peterson says:

    Yep, of course it is and ALWAYS has been… The Powers That Be control who ends up in the White House… plain and simple

  2. 10153478683270762@facebook.com' Dave Marriott says:

    Democracy is an illusion but some of us go thru the motions hoping things will change. Lol

  3. 838382932932927@facebook.com' Jeffcristi M Short says:

    Yet so many good people are fooled or brain washed into believing their vote counts. Money decides everything.

  4. 960797077346073@facebook.com' Richard Jensen says:

    If it didn’t matter they wouldn’t be trying so hard.

  5. 139559223114063@facebook.com' Emery Myers says:

    Follow the money. Words to live by!

  6. 10206733050259767@facebook.com' Jacqui Bonnel says:

    Illusion of choice….

  7. 523097614530753@facebook.com' Jim Chambers says:

    Remember our first unelected president, George Bush Jr.??

  8. 1045223398863747@facebook.com' Robert Mroczka says:

    Always vote! Its a priviladge to have the oppertuntiy to have our voices heard… theres a lot of places in the world where you have no such right.

    • 950497615067623@facebook.com' Chris Miller says:

      Yeah they hear us all right and then they pick who suits their needs for the moment don’t kid yourself .. What point is voting when your vote doesn’t mean a damn thing anymore .. Our fire fathers weep..

  9. 10153339210075949@facebook.com' Davitt Chin says:

    The reality is that people who are reading this most likely already know that it’s rigged. There is a poll that says more than 50% of americans do not know that it is rigged. If americans want to see change, then this message needs to be heard by that sleepibg 50%! It’s high time to WTFU America!!

    • 10154113887177398@facebook.com' Polly Madron Griffith says:

      A lot of times even when we do vote we just go through the motions and not really investigate the issues we are voting for…….Then we end up going how the hell did this happen? You are right it’s time to WTFU!!!!!!!

  10. 950497615067623@facebook.com' Chris Miller says:

    Rigged as fuck .. The whole process is designed to placate us as a nation .. But no our votes don’t mean a damn thing …it all about one hand washing the other and all the hands are dirty as hell..

  11. 10154132358029847@facebook.com' Lori Holtham Castillo says:

    Exactly why I don’t vote

  12. 784001605062020@facebook.com' Ellen Ordoyne says:

    So few people concern themselves with small votes within their communities…when really these elections hold the most value…that is their voice. Then when large scale elections come along, like Presidental Election, they complain they have no voice. In truth they were really silent when they should have been screaming. Blame yourselves not the process.

  13. 493860864098973@facebook.com' Robin Cameron says:

    Without doubt the Delegate, Super-Delegate crap is an affront to Democracy. I am appalled that people are too apathetic to protest (a lot) for it to be scrapped.

  14. 1605157816473452@facebook.com' Selena Sapp says:

    thank you.

  15. 795334273903836@facebook.com' Nate Hoff says:

    So many people believe money is real?? They believe gold has a limit and value?? We all learned in history/civics our country is a Republic.

  16. 795334273903836@facebook.com' Nate Hoff says:

    Tell me about passager on flight 57 a 757???

  17. altesk@yahoo.com' Erik says:

    Currently, the best reason to vote is the satisfaction of protesting and refusing to consent to our being abused.

    When you vote for a candidate, you’re voting also for the interest groups that support him/her. So I vote for candidates who have no such support.

    The great problem for that kind of candidate is that he will be thoroughly outspent by candidates who accept influence money and buy lots of mainstream media advertising. Because too many unthinking or lazy voters only consider heavily promoted candidates, most contestants feel compelled to raise as much money as possible, and many media pundits and voters assume that poorly funded candidates cannot win.

    The mutual fear of the opponent’s campaign spending is a terrible trap stopping us from removing the corruption. Democratic and Republican voters must recognize this trap we are in, and then stubbornly refuse to allow that fear to push them into voting for bought politicians who seem “electable” because they are heavily marketed.

    Public discussion about campaign finance usually has the unspoken assumption that voters won’t consider a candidate who does not have tons of advertising and endorsements. That does not have to be true, especially because voters can use Google to easily learn about all the available candidates, and give them equal consideration. Granted, this requires people without Internet-connected devices to go find a way to access the Web. It also requires people to figure out what to type into the Google search box (something like “Presidential candidates”?), and how to dig through the results. My opinion is that it’s reasonable to demand that effort of anyone who will bother to vote; people who can’t be bothered to look at the full range of choices should not vote.

    We don’t have to wait for anyone to fix the campaign finance system. We can consider candidates without special interests backing them. And we can refuse to vote for any candidate who accepts that kind of backing. That takes the power from the source of the money, bypassing the need for reform (and the lobbyists who would stop that reform because their jobs would be threatened).

    Most voters would not vote for a candidate who had been convicted of bribery while in public office. It wouldn’t matter how “electable” he/she is or what his/her policy positions are. So why vote for any candidate who accepts legal bribes in the form of special interest money?

    My voting strategy requires choosing neither Democrats nor Republicans with big money backing. Other candidates still appear on ballots. It does not matter which candidate, because that candidate will not win the election this time around. It’s OK to vote for a goofball or crackpot. I would prefer to vote for a random minor party candidate I don’t believe in, rather than give consent to my abuse by voting for a bought candidate.

    If more people start protest-voting for those minor party weirdos you see on ballots, then sensible independent candidates will notice that and try running in various elections. We can vote for those people. As a nice bonus, this will pressure the two main political parties to adapt to voter preferences more than big campaign donors would like.

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