The Independent

Minority Rule... Again

John Boehner
John Boehner
John Andrew Boehner, born November 17, 1949, is the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he is the U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, serving since 1991. | Photo: Aaron Stipkovich | John Boehner, Republican, Speaker Of The House, Ohio,

Another Midterm Victory for the Minority

The voter, turned off and disgusted, believes incorrectly that the President holds the power, and that the midterms are insignificant elections. But, Congressional and Judicial appointments on both the state and the federal level trump the importance of the Presidency, and those elections occur on every ballot.

If a special interest can infiltrate candidates on the local level, and build their influence from the bottom up, they'll effectively create an echo chamber of "official" statements and viewpoints; and their message becomes institutionalized within the state's infrastructure, and if allowed to fester long enough, it will become the "truth" in the minds of the bamboozled, resulting in all sorts of unintended consequences that diminish civil liberties and quality of life.

Voter turnout was down from the estimates, this isn't surprising, but what is strikingly clear is that from those estimates, Maine (59% turnout), Wisconsin, Alaska, Colorado, and Minnesota were the only states that even had enough voter turnout to make a democratic selection, which statistically speaking would still be highly unlikely in those five states. Which means the overwhelming majority of elections did not have the slightest possibility of actually being democratically justified, yet these candidates, along with their laws and enforcements, will rule over all of us, with a violent hand if need be, even though only a minority actually justified their governance/rule.

That is a terrible reality to live under, and our current system of governance is highly corrupted and broken in numerous ways because of it, I don't think many of us deny that obvious reality. But, the federal government and the infested state institutions will not self-correct, we the people, have to shape the government by interacting with it, even if that interaction results in abolishing that current governmental structure. One of the most common ways to interact in the shaping of governance is by voting, which by the turnout estimates, is a notion that has been abandoned by many in this country.

I definitely understand their resistance in participating in an unjust system, and my vote has seldom gone to the person actually selected to represent me, vindicating the non-voter's reasoning. But, what if we actually had a participating electorate that could produce democratic outcomes (above 70%), and was also an enlightened electorate, would that not produce a better America than the special interest shaped America we have today? Decentralized and democratic cannons on the local level is where governance is meant to reside, and that requires the participation of the masses.

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