Thursday, November 06, 2014

The More they Change, the More they Stay the Same

Majority for the GOP in Congress, now. Don't be surprised if they don't do any of the things they promised. Just like Obama didn't for the Democrats, and every other lying politician before them.

Twain was right, it is so much easier to convince the people of a lie than to convince them they've been fooled. Two-party system... HA! How is that supposed to be a good thing, anyway? I've blogged about the warnings from long ago about party loyalty, but with only two it is SO MUCH WORSE. With two, you are only choosing the other side of the same coin no matter what you choose. Yet, people refuse to see that they are being duped. If you try to tell them, they strongly react, sometimes violently.

I didn't vote, Tuesday. After reading the ballot measures and seeing who was running for what, I decided I didn't want to qualify the bogus junk with my vote. Usually, I will vote for a couple, and write-in the rest with people from the area I think would do a good job. That's just an exercise in futility, I now recognize.

The ballot measures are so bogus. They make you vote on something that shouldn't be voted on. They way they are worded, you feel like you're voting for something you want if you vote yes, but the result is the opposite; by voting on the strategically worded amendment, you are weakening the very ideal you are trying to support.

I won't even comment on the quality of candidates.

What is so bad about letting everyone run who wants to run? Too many names on the ballot? Then re-do the stupid ballots! Which is more important, saving a few cents on ballots, or giving the people the freedom to vote however they want? Apparently, it isn't really about the ballot space, but about controlling the names on it.

Why do we have to have these ridiculous scan-tron-esque ballots that are so easily manipulated? What is wrong with just an otherwise blank piece of paper with a number printed twice on it? They could be scanned in and recorded, pulled up by anyone on the internet... you pull your number off your ballot an look up to make sure your vote was counted the way you voted... Pretty damn easy.

Sorry, I digress...

If you expect some sort of real direction change after these elections, don't hold your breath. Yes, there will be the made-for-tv cosmetic changes, and the few polarizing issues... but the main things will stay the same. We will continue incrementally moving towards a totalitarian, authoritarian state.