Why do people vote in elections?

In my last diatribe I ended with asking why people still vote in elections where the voice of the people is ignored?

Over the years I have wondered about this, and the conclusion that I have come to is that it is habit.

At election time, we listen to all the platitudes and untruths that the politicians feed us and deep down we know we are all going to get shafted again, but we are the eternal optimists and hope that one of the politicians is strong enough to shake the complacency out of the establishment.

Sometimes, at the start of a new term of office for a Government there is some excitement as we see a newcomer (or several) start questioning what is going on, but it isn’t long before the system gets to them and they are forced to conform to the status quo. These elected members normally do not last more than one term before they leave the political stage with their dreams and aspirations of public service shattered forever. What does this leave? It leaves the “good old boys” who know how to manipulate the system for their own benefit and the benefit of their cronies and financial backers.

Even before the election results are announced, we all know that the group with the deeper pockets will win. They are the ones who are able to influence and change the results to suit themselves. How a leader of the western “free” world can lose an election twice and yet still be elected “President” amazes me. It pays to have a brother in the right place, eh!

Personally I believe that we need a “benevolent dictator” similar to Lee Yuan Yew of Singapore. The service factor in Public Service must be reinstated instead of it meaning “self service” at the trough of Public money.

The economies of the Western world are crashing as Governance is given away to the companies and interests who fund the elected politicians lifestyles. The continued repression of the common man for the benefit of the rich cannot continue for much longer.

The reality is that social revolution is coming as the social fabric frays and is now ripping apart. When we have nothing left to lose then heads will start to roll.

Change is coming and it is up to us, the man in the street, to determine whether it will be a calm or bloody transition. Personally, I think it will be bloody as we fight to take back what the companies have stolen from us over the last three or four generations. This is already happening around the world as the effects of the WTO are felt.

To be continued……

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