Why your vote doesn’t matter

Posted: 31st August 2015 by SouthernWatchman in News

Before I make my point, lets read a study done back in the 60’s:

The Five Monkeys Experiment

An experimenter puts 5 monkeys in a large cage. High up at the top of the cage, well beyond the reach of the monkeys, is a bunch of bananas. Underneath the bananas is a ladder.

The monkeys immediately spot the bananas and one begins to climb the ladder. As he does, however, the experimenter sprays him with a stream of cold water. Then, he proceeds to spray each of the other monkeys.

The monkey on the ladder scrambles off. And all 5 sit for a time on the floor, wet, cold, and bewildered. Soon, though, the temptation of the bananas is too great, and another monkey begins to climb the ladder. Again, the experimenter sprays the ambitious monkey with cold water and all the other monkeys as well. When a third monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys, wanting to avoid the cold spray, pull him off the ladder and beat him.

Now one monkey is removed and a new monkey is introduced to the cage. Spotting the bananas, he naively begins to climb the ladder. The other monkeys pull him off and beat him.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The experimenter removes a second one of the original monkeys from the cage and replaces him with a new monkey. Again, the new monkey begins to climb the ladder and, again, the other monkeys pull him off and beat him – including the monkey who had never been sprayed.

By the end of the experiment, none of the original monkeys were left and yet, despite none of them ever experiencing the cold, wet, spray, they had all learned never to try and go for the bananas.

Not only does our Society work much in this same way, both at macroscopic and microscopic levels, but so do our Systems of Government. We see all these candidates promising the world to the Sheeple of America if they get elected. It’s no secret that a great many people end up disappointed because, unfortunately, one of these clowns always gets elected and then proceeds to fulfill few, if any at all, of his promises. This is largely because once they are in office, they are indoctrinated to the real way the political parties run.

This assumes, of course, that the candidate didn’t know already. Giving the candidate the benefit of the doubt that they were simply naive seems a bit naive in and of itself. Many of them are successful in the political arena because they already know how the systems work. They know that Government is there to fix problems. As the amount of problems decrease, so does the need for government. Thus, it’s in the politician’s best interest to ensure there are always problems to fix. But it’s in the citizen’s best interest to have problems fixed.

After several hundred years of practice, the political parties of the US (and internationally, I’m sure) are very adept at fixing enough problems to placate the masses, but creating / keeping enough problems to ensure they’ll have a tax-payer funded paycheck for the rest of their lives. R vs D vs I vs L is just one more ever-going social divide that creates ‘problems’ for someone to fix.

Obama did a decent job fixing a few things, but is leaving smoldering destruction in his wake. He carries a D in front of his name, and got himself elected because the President before him had an R in front of his. (There’s also arguments to be made that Obama got a lot of votes based purely on his skin color, but that’s a debate for another day.) So will go the 2016 election. We have a big chance of seeing a president with an R in front of their name, because the D’s created so many problems in 8 years that *someone* has to fix them. Who better than the R’s, right?

And so it goes, back and forth, both sides fixing some problems, blaming the other side, then making/creating problems of their own. The *only* two constants between R presidents and D presidents are:
1) They make the Government bigger and more powerful
2) They make the US Debt bigger.

So when the dust settles in 2016, and some fresh new face takes the reigns of the country, we are guaranteed to have elected someone who will have promised to fix all the problems that Obama and his administration made, someone who will expand Government reach and spending, someone who will enact legislation to protect us from ourselves and thus be someone who will make us sacrifice a little more freedom for that security. It won’t matter what letter is in front of their name. So, in reality, your vote doesn’t matter.