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Vote outside the voting booth

 -- Published: Friday, 11 March 2016 | Print  | Disqus 

By George Smith

I know positively who I will be voting for in November, and it won’t be either of the major party candidates.  Nor will it be a third party candidate or any other person who might want to occupy a political office.


Instead I will be voting for you — whoever you may be. 


I will not be voting to put you in power over my life.  I will be voting to free you of the power of others who occupy a political office.  I will be voting to put you in charge of your own life through your own initiative and cooperation with others.  I have great confidence in you, not necessarily from what I’ve seen but because I know how resourceful you can be when the situation calls for it.


The situation calls for it, now.


One outcome I seek is having as few people as possible participate in the government’s voting process — far fewer than in past elections.  


Let’s look at a few numbers.


In 2008, of the 231 million eligible voters in the U.S., 131 million cast ballots, leaving 100 million eligible voters who didn’t vote. 


The population in 2008 was 304 million, which means 173 million Americans — more than half the country — had no say in the election outcome, either by choice or by reason of being ineligible.  


The winner in 2008, Barack Obama, received 69 million votes — less than half of the 173 million who didn’t show up at the polls. 


Barack Obama promised “change,” but of course we got more of the same.  Perhaps some of the people who didn’t show up knew what was coming.


Perhaps they also knew that the candidates were carefully vetted so that anyone threatening to rock the establishment’s boat would be removed one way or the other, as Republican elites are trying to do now with Donald Trump.


Perhaps they also believed in the saying that those who count the votes decide everything.  


Perhaps they also knew that it wasn’t the popular vote that would elect the president, but the members of the electoral college.  


Wikipedia tells us that

The United States Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. 

Although ballots list the names of the presidential and vice presidential candidates (who run on a ticket), voters actually choose electors when they vote for president and vice president. These presidential electors in turn cast electoral votes for those two offices. 

The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled. . .   

In total, there are currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia.

How many of you even know the names of the electors in your state?  


Electors do not have to vote for the candidate who received the most votes, either.  


So, from a population of 304 million people, 538 of them actually decide the outcome of an election that was rigged from the start to favor a select group of candidates.


Keep this is mind if you vote in the government’s election.


But, but . . .


But you vote because you feel the need to register your concern.  Not voting is taken to mean you don’t care.  But you do, perhaps passionately.


How do you register your concern, except by voting in the government’s election?


You’ve heard the expression “Think outside the box.”  Try voting outside the government’s voting booth.


Assume for the sake of argument that the number of eligible voters remains the same — 231 million.  If 200 million of those eligible voters don’t show up, what will the ruling elite do?  Can they claim legitimacy?


Boycotting the election is only half the fight.  Imagine if a fourth of those 200 million also voted to rid themselves of government as we know it.


Government as we know it is coercive, corrupt, wasteful, bullying, incompetent, divisive, invasive, and destructive.  It is a monopoly funded by theft and debt.  It is rule by unelected bureaucrats.  It is rule by rigged elections. 


And it is an arrogant liar, telling us we can’t live without it.


That’s the premise we have to reject.  


And we have to let them know this by voting — voting outside of government control.  


We can start down that road by affirming your agreement with this position.

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