Why an army of electoral zombies, despite all undisputed evidences of political corruption of the US political and electoral system [read Greg Palast], still went through meaningless ritual of rigged elections serving no other end but an individual expression of absolute submission to the ruling power, a biennial sacrifice to the political Gods of this abhorrent US regime of death.
They voted for the same reason as millions of electoral zombies in every 20th century openly totalitarian regime, including Nazi Germany voted diligently and meaninglessly, always with so-called civic duty, patriotic propaganda twist to obfuscate brutality of the regimes and greed of the establishment leadership.
Hitler, Stalin, Polpot, Mao, Kim etc., all of them, before a day of diligently organized elections, many having what would amount to a primary season, where all people’s grievances were expressed, told their people how important is to articulate their democratic aspirations by an act of voting on national representatives who would implement their collective wisdom and will while instead they implemented a sham of democracy reduced to an anointment of illustrious leader and his henchmen.
But still they voted, voted in millions in an ancient ritual of active submission of a slave to the powers via act of participation in a ceremony of casting a ballot, a symbolic sacrifice to raw power and opulence, a perverted form of communion of victims with their executioners.
While in every country the answer is somewhat different, mostly due to ethnically, culturally, nationally diverse propaganda narratives, they share major elements with the US.
The overall answer to that question in the US is a rampant opportunism, hypocrisy, cowardice and totalitarian culture of raw fear and submission to authority, as Chomsky posited over two decades ago, instilled in the population, and representing implicit recognition of fallacy of proudly proclaimed American freedoms and democracy while there is none, and tacit acknowledgement that this is a [inverted] totalitarian regime we all are living under, combined with a deeply rooted fear that the regime will seek cruel revenge and a painful punishment of those individuals who challenge its rule and do not submit to its hidden powers that nobody dares even to utter or admit while expecting, praying or begging for a mercy of privilege for those who wholeheartedly submit to the rulers as Tocqueville and Mills posited independently analyzing American society in a space of a century.
As they posited, when men want to rule without seeming to do so, .. because they cannot [openly] lay claim to the required legitimacy, they will rule invisibly and “benignly,” shielding themselves behind the rhetoric of popular rule.
Although “authority [in the US supposedly] formally resides ‘in the people,’ . . . the power of initiation is in fact held by small circles of men.”[In hands of behind the scenes ruling oligarchic elite]. This is not to be known. There is the risk that power becomes identified by its true colors. “That is why the standard strategy of manipulation is to make it appear that the people . . . ‘really made the decision’” (ibid., 317).
This is the idea behind allowing people or as Lippmann described them “meddlesome spectators” to go through a meaningless voting ritual.
[In the US we have,] .. to use Sheldon Wolin’s terminology, .. a “managed democracy,” a political form in which governments are legitimated by elections that they have learned to control,” a form of government that attempts to keep alive the appearance of democracy while simultaneously defeating democracy’s primary purpose, self-government.
As quoted above both, Tocqueville and Mills, identified hidden menacing power structure of fused state and private tyranny [also called Deep State] and its rules of control that are hidden, subtle unutterable, unspoken about, power that denies itself as power under guise of false free choice and propaganda of democratic participation.
The mere existence or if necessary exertion of this hidden power is the key ingredient in fragmenting the population, producing masses of “sheeple” who lack the capacity of self-understanding or even recognizing that they are being directly controlled both individually and collectively, that acquire their irrational/self-defeating behavior within a political realm.
Such a behavior or habit is aimed solely to quell an urge, or addiction to escapism into certain politically induced motions instigated by dread of alienation and if needs be, a threat to their very physical survival as rejected, abandoned and ignored, [even by terrorized in fear family members], and ultimately treated as menacing strangers to the society stripped of their humanity often targets of political or socioeconomically instigated violence.
Voting is one of those motions engraved, instilled in any totalitarian culture also taught to all American newborns like a Bible of American political religion by their mothers petrified of loosing their households on a whim of oligarchy or illness and fearful, full of loathing fathers frightened, consumed with a siege mentality, prone to violence and mistrust of other fellow human beings.
Most of Americans are politically “monkey” trained from their crib to the grave so they succumb to a totalitarian culture they are fed with. They are regurgitating fantastic tales, lies they have been told or shown, implied or imposed on them at home, at school, at work, in Church, on internet or MSM media, sports activities, government, military and elsewhere without a shred of deeper thought, a fundamental characteristic of totalitarian disciplinary society of control where choice has been “happily” limited to a razor-thin slice of unreality.
Fearing wrath of hidden powers Americans are told to believe so they believe. They are told to vote so they vote. They are told to forget so they forget. They are told to piss so they piss and so on. It applies to most of population with few exceptions of some free citizens who woke up from torpor and are leading morally and intellectually independent, self-determined lives and suffering for it dearly from invisible hands of the ruling powers and their minions.
So why elevate a charade of election and farce of electoral process to anything else but dead-end and betrayal of democracy and instead choose much more reasonable, clear, honest, free and independent way of political process, such as prolonged political fight, not for useless POTUS puppet figure but for truly democratic political and electoral format as a necessary pre-condition for serious engagement in any official political process. What it takes is little courage, nothing more.
For immediate future let’s forget political programs and platforms, all nothing but a cheap political tricks dishonestly peddled by the establishment, media and phony controlled opposition parties, however sensible or great they may sound or how desperately their implementation is needed, they are not going to happen via any kind of voting.
The only urgent fight immediately before us is the fight against this calcified hidden, oligarchic political regime itself, the hopelessly undemocratic system in itself as Mills described it in last century.
Without overthrowing this dreadful Anglo-American regime of despotism and usurpation of people’s unalienable rights, everything else is meaningless, as it was proven unreformable for decades and centuries long struggle for change from within by its futile so far results.
The only possible change may come from outside when all current political puppets are sidelined and removed from political realm permanently, all of them. While any real remedy for our social ills today and in the future may come solely from local community of sovereign people we create ourselves and/or contribute toward a self-government regardless of national political structure.
One of things that electoral zombies crawling into polling booths are told to forget is US declaration of Independence, 1776 that states:
..But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Without throwing off this rigged and corrupted political and electoral system, government policies will never be determined by power of ideas that benefit 99% regardless who is in the W.H., since all of presidents are vetted by the US oligarchic class before they are allowed to “run”. And today is no different from yesterday or two centuries ago.
If you still think that these are radical ideas, consult recent study of scientists from Princeton University who concluded that US is an oligarchic state where 95% of people have no influence over the government and its policies whatsoever and that attempts to change that within the system have been utterly futile. As a scientifically proven fact, this is not democracy in any meaning of the word and sadly never has been.
Thank to philosophers of enlightenment we know why despite of mountains of evidences of oligarchic rule and sham of elections that ultimately led to oligarchy concocted economic collapse, this reality cannot massively sink deep enough into US population psyche to inspire them to act in their own survival interest, and instead promotes false hopes, wishful thinking, and straight political begging.
David Hume wrote, “If reason is against man, he will soon turn against reason” into superstition and magical thinking, the only available and acceptable option within totalitarian culture like the American commercial culture.
The reason tells free citizen that refrainment from or active opposition to participating in an imperial government and oligarchic corporate system of death and destruction as US has become, is a fundamental moral duty, not because it is popular, or profitable, or even immediately effective but because it is the moral thing to do, a right thing to do in a name of human solidarity facing extinction via social, economic, political and environmental collapse.
While struggle against US and global oligarchic regime must continue, any free person with enough courage to recognize harsh political reality must rationally conclude that the act of voting in the current electoral system is nothing but morally corrupting tool that extorts from us an approval for the meaningless political puppets of the calcified regime, in a surrealistic act of utter futility aimed just to break us down, to break our sense of dignity, our individual will and freedom of self-determination since no true choice or real participation or opportunity to rule is ever being offered to us and never will.
Free Americans have to make their own choices and count their votes, stay united in human solidarity and against all odds start to self-govern. They must leave this matrix of mental enslavement otherwise no change will ever be possible and a sliding along a path to ultimate calamity will continue and human casualties will mount.
Idea of political BOYCOTT and ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL
PROCESS of self-governance that must be further developed, at this time is the only viable idea to express our political views and aspirations among people (that’s what’s important) that are absent from official establishment candidates’ phony political agendas and from the rigged ballots.