A Foolís Game!
Gary D. Barnett
by Gary D. Barnett: The
Constitution Does Not Grant†Rights!
between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you
vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you donít have
to waste your time voting.
~ Charles Bukowski
Voting is a
foolís game. Many might find that statement offensive, but considering
our plight, I canít imagine why. There are so many who have been
fooled into thinking that voting is a sacred right, and one that
guarantees freedom. The opposite of course is the case. The fooled
among us seem completely willing to embrace this ruse; thus allowing
the many to continue to be ruled by the few. The result then of
voting in this country is oligarchy, making it one of the most worthless
endeavors of mankind.
speaking) on its very face is immoral. Men of character cannot argue
this, for voting pits one against another; this the desired effect
sought by those who seek power. Voting allows for some to determine
the fate of others, a fate that can only be accomplished by the
use of force. Because of this truth, voting is the destroyer of
freedom and liberty, not the protector of it.
Even in the
very best of situations, voting is still an unmitigated failure.
The fact that any simple majority of individuals (mob) can determine
an outcome that adversely affects the minority (mob rule) is against
all natural rights. In the United State today, all who vote
harm others so that they might benefit. By voting, they are also
sanctioning theft of private property at the point of a gun, and
the redistribution of that property to those who did not earn it.
In addition, those who vote legitimize all that governments do,
including drafting unjust laws, waging aggressive wars against innocents,
torture, progressive taxation, indefinite detention, assassination
of American citizens, destruction of our money, and massive debt;
only to name a few.
It is telling
to compare how those who believe in freedom and liberty think about
voting as opposed to those who do not. The powerful political class,
the rulers and totalitarians, "think" (say) that voting
is sacred, while those who love freedom understand the truth. This
contrast is evident in these few quotes:
is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking
down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison
men because they are different from other men.
~ Lyndon B.
the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation
to ensure the integrity of our voting process.
~ Hillary Clinton
voting as the most sacred right of free men and women.
~ Ronald Reagan
rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right
to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of
rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities
(and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).
~ Ayn Rand
first let loose the doctrine that the suffrage is a high boon and
voting a noble privilege?
~ H. L. Mencken
A man is
none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master
once in a term of years.
think that voting is acceptable only if one votes for someone other
than those in the two major parties, or someone who is a Democrat
or Republican that is accepted by a majority of "libertarian
type" individuals. I disagree with this thinking entirely.
I disagree because even if a good man might run for high office,
regardless of who wins, every single vote cast legitimizes not only
the outcome, but also the very flawed political system itself. This
is not an option to my way of thinking, because libertarianism is
based upon individual rights, and when voting is evident, the individual
supports the system, those who vote are obligated to accept the
results. To accept the results means to accept the system, and to
accept the system, means to accept what that system produces. What
is produced in the governing system in the U.S. is based upon theft,
coercion, police state force, and imprisonment, all for political
gain. The laws of the land written by those elected officials in
this same system support this criminal activity, so by voting, oneís
ability to complain is eliminated. I do realize that this is the
reverse of how many think, but it is the only logical position to
In my mind,
not voting is the only way to denounce entirely the current political
system, and to not give consent, implied or otherwise, to its evil
ways. By not voting, the message sent is so much more powerful than
by joining in with the lemmings in their march to the polls in an
attempt to satisfy a futile quest for false security at the expense
of liberty. Voluntaryism
is a better way.
Most all in
this country are indoctrinated from cradle to grave to worship the
"sacred right" to vote. On election day, they wear their
"I Voted" stickers proudly, displaying them for all to
see. Those who choose not to participate in this illegitimate charade
are ridiculed and shunned. The brain washing has been very successful,
and the masses are always ready to join the herd. This herd mentality
is evident simply by a looking at this Rasmussen
Report I highlighted in a past
LRC article about voting. That report showed that 83% believe
that one personís vote really matters. Pathetic does not begin to
describe the gullibility of the American people, and their attitude
toward voting for one evil or another.
The false belief
that one vote counts, or that any semblance of freedom and "just
governance" can be accomplished by voting, especially in a
country with over 300 million people, is based on ignorance. Have
we become freer due to political elections, and the choosing of
those who make the laws and reign supreme? Absolutely not! I can
say with authority, that in every election since I was born, and
before, the government has become more powerful, more tyrannical,
and more authoritarian. Individual liberty has been nearly destroyed,
and State aggression has become the rule.
in this country today is that all elections have winners and losers,
but in every election, the politicians always win, and all the rest
of us always lose. Obviously, voting guarantees that one or another
politician wins. It is a rigged game for sure, so all should stay
home this election. There are so many better things to do in life
than to vote for one or the other evil, especially when that evil
will be your master! As I have said before, if no one voted, no
one would be elected, and what a wonderful world that would be!
D. Barnett [send him mail]
has been a financial advisor for 25 years, and now resides and works
in Lewistown, Montana. Visit his
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