Political G-Force

November 6, 2012

Get Out the Vote — The Right Vote

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — politicalgforce @ 8:45 pm

November 6, 2012 — not just a normal Tuesday if you live in America. Today is a day ‘we the people’ of the United States of America exercise one of our three civic duties – the power of voting. The founding fathers left us with a republic that allows the people to be in control and not the government. Let us not forget that important part. 

Many of us are unsure of whether voting this election will really make a difference. Many of us also have questions about the two hand-picked candidates. Will Romney’s stance on healthcare have any affect? Will Obama’s relationship with Israel continue on the same path? Will both Obama and Romney continue the expensive wars? The problem with this is that once you scratch the surface and start to dig, you find out there’s really not much of a difference between either candidate. There’s no better proof than campaign donations.

Obama and Romney both got about $1M from the defense industry in campaign donations. There are two conclusions that can be drawn from that: 1.) the defense industry does not care which candidate becomes president because it will really not have a major effect one way or another 2.) $1M from an industry that makes hundreds of billions of dollars is not even a drop in the bucket. The defense industry is saying “we don’t even care who becomes president so we’re going to just give a little bit to keep you happy.” Typically people think democrats are for less defense and republicans are for more defense; in some cases, this may be true, but I don’t believe this is one of them. In the agribusiness, both candidates received approximately $16M. Many other industries contributed approximately the same amount of money to each campaign. 

So what gives? Will the two party system in this country ever change? The short answer: not anytime soon. The reason is the unwillingness to change and the false belief that one is ‘throwing away a vote’ if they go for a third party candidate. Well if that’s the case, then the guy writing this threw away his vote. I voted for Gary Johnson. My original pick for president was Dr. Ron Paul. Gary Johnson is the closest thing I could get to him without having to write Ron Paul in. I don’t believe someone is throwing away a vote if they vote for someone they actually agree with. I don’t believe in voting for someone just because it’s the ‘lesser of two evil’s’. I hate that line and I couldn’t disagree more. 

This idea we have to choose between two people is ludicrous. Let me give you an analogy. Let’s say you go to buy a car and you’re looking at a Toyota Camry. Then you drive you over to the Honda dealer next door and ask, “what do you have that’s comparable to a Camry?” and they reply with “an Accord.” So you check both out and see which features you like and don’t like. Then the sales guy says to you “so which will it be, the Camry or the Accord?” Confused, you say “but aren’t there other choices?” “Why would you look anywhere else when we’ve picked two of the best cars in the mid-size class for you?” replies the salesman. “But..” then he says, “we do have a Kia Forte, but no one seems to buy those as much because Toyota and Honda advertise more and are more well-known.” Even though the Kia has the 100,000 mile warranty has a good reliability rating, the salesman will continue to work you on the Camry or the Accord because they’re more expensive and ‘everyone else has them.’ As you can see, this is the equivalent of what it’s like to vote in this country. Imagine if you went to a car dealership and you really only were given two choices. Would you really be satisfied? Most likely not, but people seem to be satisfied with choosing between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. People do like choices though and lots of them and the more choices you have increases your chances of finding a candidate that truly aligns with your views. We get more choices of cell phone companies than we do presidents of this country. I don’t see the issue with allowing other candidates to participate in the debates and be on the ballots. I don’t think anyone would have an issue with this — except for the political system itself. 

Every time a republican gets voted out in place of a democrat, the pendulum swings from one side to the other, but not much. People get sick of democrats, then they vote for republicans, then they get sick of republicans and vote for democrats. It’s an endless cycle of swapping the two. The republicans and democrats are high fiving each other behind closed doors while we’re all trying to figure out why nothing is happening in congress and in the white house. You almost want to go knock and say “hello is anyone home, we have a $16T debt that needs to be taken care of!” It’s a great game that they [politicians] play and many of us either don’t have the time to pay attention, don’t care, or are easily deceived by the government’s clever game of cover-ups and deception. 

The important thing people need to take note of is to do your homework. Just because you’re not in school or college doesn’t mean you don’t have homework to do anymore. Your homework now is to pay attention everyday, get your news from multiple sources– independent and mainstream, read and read often about everything — economics, history, politics, business, finance, government, etc.., talk to people about politics listen and get their opinions and give them questions that forces them to really think and understand their own opinions, and have an open mind.

One of the most important being talking to people, because people are the ones with the voting power when November comes around. I really like to get people thinking deeper because often all you can get out of people is superficial talking points that mean nothing. Without even being mean or unfair, you can get them to see actually how little they know about politics, economics, and government. Here’s an example, this happened to me almost a year ago when I went home for Thanksgiving to see friends from high school. We got into a discussion about politics since the economy the economy is doing so terrible. My one friend said, “I kind of wish Obama could just be a dictator so something could be done or I wish we could go back to having a king.” You might be thinking uh oh, I probably lost it…oh yeah, you would be right then. I looked at him determinedly and said, “You have to be kidding me right? You do realize why we fought the U.S. revolution.” He then pretended like he was kidding and said, “Yea I know, but I just feel like nothing ever gets done.” And then he went on to tell me that if we taxed the rich more, that would solve our problems. Another major topic that pisses me off. So armed with hundreds of statistics I’ve read over the years I said, “do you realize that the top 1% pays 50% of income taxes and the top 10% pays 75% of our income taxes while 40M+ Americans pay no taxes.” He looked at me shocked and said nothing. I said, “how much more do you want them to pay, do you want the top 1% to pay 60%, 70%, 80%..?” He couldn’t give me an answer. That is the problem right there people — our country is uninformed. When someone tries to convince you about something ridiculous like ‘we need a dictator’, it is your job to re-educate them (because you’ve done your homework) on where they are wrong — do it with professionalism and respect though. Getting into shouting matches does not solve politics. I was the only libertarian in that room with 5 liberals, but I was able to hold my own and take them down on every point. People can only give you talking points they hear on CNN and other lame news channels and they think that will keep them informed. So take my advice, do your homework and talk to people. 

I’m amazed at how much my views have changed about politics in the last few years. It’s been 4 years since I graduated college and I have since read a countless number of books, articles, and watched documentaries hundreds or thousands of hours of news. In college, I could have not cared less about politics…mostly because my head was buried in engineering books and didn’t have time to do anything else. The thing that got me interested in politics was an economics class I took my senior year of college. Many people might not know that economics actually requires a lot of math, it’s not just supply and demand. Being that I had a good math background from engineering, I became interested in it because of the math and then I was drawn into the workings of business and the economy. I’m always interested in how things work, that’s part of being an engineer. I look at the U.S. economy in the same way, there is a process for everything. When that process gets interrupted, problems occur. It’s like a car’s engine, clog one injector in an engine and all Hell breaks loose. I was amazed to learn how price ceiling’s and price floor’s disrupted normal business operations and deviated from the equilibrium set by the markets as well as how the government buys milk that is in excess supply because of the price floor that is set. After I was introduced to this world of economics, there was no looking back. 

So my advice to you on this election day, is to vote, absolutely get out the vote, but don’t be afraid to vote for someone who may not be seen as popular (aka the Kia Forte). If we truly want to make a difference in the election system in this country, then a third party has to be introduced. There’s nothing worse than someone voting uninformed, this is like driving blindfolded. And in typical fashion, I’ll leave you with a thought provoking quote.

“I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.” – Ayn Rand

 

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