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Avoid "Election Fever"
Every four years Americans supposedly experience "Election Fever". In reality, it is the media, corporations and lobbyists that are experiencing this so-called fever. Let's face it, it doesn't really make any difference who is President, and what party controls Congress or the Senate. Deep down - well, maybe not even deep down but just under the surface - both parties are run by people who want power and influence, just like everywhere else. Power and influence leads to huge monetary benefits for all those who live off of the government is various agencies, and those companies that can influence the leaders of the government. As George Carlin said, "It's a big club, and you're not in it!"
Elections give Americans the illusion of being in control of the country and deciding its fate etc. We are constantly told from a young age that we have choices. But really, is it really that important of a choice when you only have 2 choices and there is hardly any difference between the choices? It's like having a choice between Coke and Pepsi. These are supposedly the choices that Americans should feel "lucky" to have. In Europe for example, most countries have lots more parties on the ballot that can eventually have an influence in the governments because of the need to form coalition governments. In the US its either Party 1 or Party 2. Now is that really a choice worth bragging about?
Let's just face the fact that lobbyists and corporations and big business etc. run this country. The Democratic and Republican parties are just mouth pieces for the highest bidders. Yet Americans largely tend to eat up all the empty talk or "exercising your right to vote" and how important it is to make a choice between one group that is highly influenced by one group of business interests, and a second group that is influenced by a second group of business interests. This can hardly be classified as a "Government by the people, for the People."
It's no surprise that America cannot do anything reasonable with health care for example. The big pharma companies make huge profits off of the misfortunes of others and use that money to buy off Congress and the Senate, which allows them to make even more money. What about the people who suffer because of this? No one seems to care. Even the American people seem totally ambivalent about this and just sort of accept it. Why? Because Americans are made to feel that they should be glad that they live in America and its "un-partriotic" to complain too much about these things. Sure, there are some half-hearted media reports of these issues that anger people, but these pass within a day or two and we are then force fed happy go lucky news of how a kitten was saved by some heroic bystander who climbed a tree. This on national evening news programs.
The "Great Recession" has just sort of been accepted too. No one seems upset that those who caused this problem on Wall Street got off with a slap on the wrist and that they are making more money than ever now. That just sort of seems OK with everyone, and that's just what the whole system is counting on. The apathy of the "people" is what allows these things to happen, and we cannot blame anyone but ourselves.