I went with my wife last night to vote, and I accompanied her to the poll. She voted Republican and one of the first things we noticed was that the Republican primary “propositions” were different from the Democratic “referendums.” Credit is due to her, because she was wise enough to ask one of the polling workers if they were different for the respective ballots. It turns out, they were. My father-in-law said that they do this to see if they have the party support necessary to push these items through as legislature, and will try them in the congressional league if they do. I think it is a way to keep American misinformed and illogically divided, and here is why.
They use the different ballot items for each party so people do not really get a say in what laws are worthy of attention. There were questions on both tickets that my wife and I both felt passionate about, and we were both upset that we didn’t get a voice in them. Later that night, we went through the props and referendums one by one, and my wife and I actually agreed on EVERY SINGLE ONE. You heard me right. We voted separate tickets, separate Presidential candidates, and separate local candidates, but if each of us had been allowed to vote on all the potential laws, we would have agreed 100% on the direction the country needs to take. Some may think this coincidence, but I think it is symptomatic of a growing problem in how we do elections — including how districts are divided, and current voting laws.
For instance, why couldn’t each individual in Texas vote in each primary? Why did I have to choose? I am especially offended at this notion as an Independent voter. I didn’t really want to choose Democrat or Republican, but the current paradigm forced me to. It would have been nice to be able to cast a vote for people that I liked in both parties, instead of having to stick to one. Voting for all the upcoming laws would have also been nice, but I was not afforded the freedom. Yes, freedom. I chose my word correctly. It’s bad enough that the districts are divided to swing votes in favor of certain candidates, but then we add this mess on top of it? What has the United States become? This really is a rigged game, and we are the losers.
In addition to these concerns, so many voters are uninformed, and seemingly proud of it. How many people vote for a Presidential candidate based solely on race or sex? I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would roll around in his grave, if he saw that happening. My wife thinks it would be good to have a candidate synopsis that people could reference. We have them when we go to movies, so why not a polling place? They mail them out, why not have them at the poles? This wouldn’t be a biased advertisement, but a straightforward snapshot of where all candidates stand on the issues. Some people are just ignorant, and others are busy. My wife works a more-than-full-time job, and has adult responsibilities. I stay home and read up on this stuff all day, and I didn’t even have all the facts. Something like a synopsis could be a useful way to disseminate information, as long as it wasn’t abused by the powers-at-be.
In short, it is no wonder that the United States is in rapid decline to somewhere very dark and dangerous. Our system is whack, including the voting system. It makes me feel like there is no hope, and that voting does nothing but keep me busy and further propagates me as a pawn in their elaborate scheme. I really hope I am wrong, but all the evidence indicates otherwise. So, what can we do? I don’t know. I am still working on it, but we can’t do it alone. We need to band together and unify in one voice and say, “ENOUGH!” Until then, it will be business, as usual.