When Election Day comes around this year, many people will go to the polls just as they always do, uninspired, confused and frightened. All of their lives they have been told it is their duty as a citizen to go to the polls and vote. Who they will vote for, and why, is a matter that remains unsettled in their minds. They will simply vote.
Some people don't have a clue how to decide who to vote for. Watching the candidates on television hasn’t helped them at all. Multiple television ads claiming all kinds of things have only added to the confusion. The daily newspaper — often their best information source — is usually ignored. For the most part, many people just want to get it over with, so they can get back to their lives.
People who have been out of work for a long time and those who have been turned out of their homes have given up hope. What was the American dream, for them, has developed into a nightmare. Daily life has become a challenge to find the food they need to eat and the bed they need to sleep on. For those who can easily meet their needs and have no agenda, to vote or not to vote is still the question.
The electoral process is more confusing this year than it has been in the past. The Supreme Court ruling that has allowed Super PACs, supposedly unconnected to the candidates to spend billions of dollars for campaign advertisements, has merely muddied the field. The efforts by some political parties to pass voter registration laws, which will require some people to provide various forms of personal identification in order to vote, is troublesome and will undoubtedly cause some to avoid going to the polls. It has occurred to many that the political parties no longer want individual citizens to vote, unless they are willing to vote their way. Until we have an independent authority to interpret law, we are without recourse.
The political parties are completely out of hand. It seems to be impossible to establish a third party, although Ron Paul seems to be on a good road toward accomplishing that goal. Perhaps if he succeeds, then others will be persuaded to try to get on that road. Some of the founders tried to keep us from falling into this difficulty, but, of course, people will be people. If we continue on this path, it is difficult to say what kind of government we will ultimately inspire.
Considering the systems of government that we have seen as working examples, I personally prefer a democratic republic. I would prefer that those who disagree would find themselves another country to try it on. With the two-party system determining how we live our lives, I suppose we have gone as far as we can go without falling into great difficulty.
I sincerely hope that more people will wake up and see the direction we are heading. Eventually, those of us who are unwilling to go wherever these people are going will have to stand up and be counted. Freedom can be a dangerous thing in the hands of the wrong people. Fortunately, the founders created laws meant to deter those who wish to destroy this democracy, and it is our job as citizens of this republic to see that they are enforced.
Every now and then, someone gets this great idea that they can improve on the original model. It is, in fact, a very bad idea.
Think about it.