I saw this testimony a little while back, but ran across it again this morning and I figured I would share.
Now, I'm not saying that the 2004 election was rigged. I'm also not saying that the 2000 election was rigged (though, if you look at the statistical evidence, it's very obvious that a -lot- of people ended up voting for someone that they didn't intend to.. how much of that was intentional is another story). This isn't so much a post to suggest a conspiracy as it is to get people to think about a much deeper issue.
In America, we're always told that if we don't like the way our government is run, that -we- have the power to change it, through the voting system. After all, we are a democracy (well, technically not, but anyway...) and we, the people, have the power to change the course of government if we don't like where it's going.
I want you to think about that notion, and ask yourself how much you think that that really holds true today. As the title of this post suggests, it's not the people who vote, but the people who -count- the votes that really matter. And with the voting becoming more digitalized, with several areas already getting rid of a traditional paper vote (and thus, a hard receipt), what kind of a democracy are we setting ourselves up for? In my 25 years I can think of at least a dozen examples I've read about where votes in other countries have been corrupted and compromised... Clearly, if other governments can do it, ours can too... unless you still believe that America is a moral and righteous country. Yet even though more and more people are awakening to the overwhelming corruption laden in our political system, these people still have inexplicable amounts of faith in that very same system, naively believing that they can still change it when comes time to vote (you'd think that, by now, Obama would have taught them otherwise) In my opinion, THAT faith and naivety is a real danger, and a real threat, because it pacifies people, and gives them the delusion that they still have -some- power, and some hope. But the truth is, we don't get to decide our presidents or our politicians, or our lobbyists and our bankers... IF we're lucky, we get the choice between two individuals who have been preselected and preapproved, and by the time they make it that far, already have millions and millions of dollars worth of 'donations' (IE obligations) to special interest groups to represent. The truth is, we DO have power... we have a LOT of it, but we're powerless if we continue to exist in the system that they have evolved. In Vegas, the house always wins, because they designed and control the system... Do you think government is any different, and is any more altruistic or uncorrupted?
"There is no greater threat to freedom than those who blindly believe that they are free" - Unknown