The video is one-sided anti-government propaganda, so you could just as easily say “VOTING IS AN ACT OF HUMANITARIANISM, CHARITY AND BENEVOLENCE”. The same logic expressed in the video (you are responsible for the violence perpetrated by your government) works the other way as well. Nothing happens in a vacuum, you can string together violent imagery to shock the senses of the viewer, but the fact remains that yes there are atrocities just as there are acts of humanity, charity and benevolence. There is no perfect system, but representative government works. It works imperfectly I’ll grant you, but only because the people who make it work are imperfect. Perfection = Utopia = Fantasy. So, are the voters ultimately responsible for the actions of their governments? ABSOLUTELY! So, exercise your right to vote with that in mind!
Some will argue that the whole election process in general is rigged and that there is no true representation in government. I would agree that it is “rigged”, but not in the way that most people think. It is rigged years ago by people who have become convinced that their vote doesn’t count. We have less than a 20% overall turn out in the Primaries despite the fact that many states are making it easier and easier to vote (early voting, relaxed absentee voting requirements, etc.) and a 60% turn out in General elections is phenomenal! So, less than 1 in 5 Americans pick who we get to vote for in the General election (like them or not). If someone wins the general election with 51% of the vote on a 60% voter turnout, that means that less that 1/3 of the voters voted for the winner, which is hardly a “mandate” of the people as many claim. With such a low percentage of voters deciding the primaries it is much easier to manipulate them through extremist views, propaganda and fraud. 100% voter turn out is almost impossible to manipulate without it being glaringly obvious (i.e. Iraq under Saddam Hussein or North Korea). That kind of turn out requires motivation, either through FEAR of a brutal dictator or through a society’s acceptance of their personal and shared responsibility as citizens. The only people RIGGING elections are those who sit home, complain that the elections are rigged and think not voting absolves them of any responsibility. That is the dirty little secret though, whether you vote or not, you are still responsible for the actions of your government.
There is no such thing as an unimportant election, whether you are voting for the President or your local dog catcher. Every election has consequences, good or bad, and those consequences have far reaching implications. A Butterfly Effect you might say. So, whether you believe in the electoral system or not, believe in the concept of government in general or not, or believe in the candidates presented to you or not, one fact remains; you LIVE in a nation that is governed by representatives of “the people.” As one of those people, you bear a level of personal responsibility for EVERYTHING that government does, GOOD or BAD! One of the many good things about our Constitutional Republic is that “we the people” are not forced to just accept the actions taken by our representatives after they are elected. Our Constitution protects our rights to express our grievances and to seek the redress of those grievances in regards to governmental actions that do NOT reflect our will. American Citizenship is more than just access to taxpayer funded government goodies, it is a weighty responsibility that is NOT only exercised in the voting booth or jury box. It is a daily duty that is not to be taken lightly.
So again, I cannot stress this point enough, whether YOU vote or not, YOU bear the responsibility for what government does. The choice is simple, exercise your right and responsibility as a voter soberly, conscientiously and with as much information as you can get, or bear the consequence of the actions of government with no personal input. In the “Information Age,” it’s not that hard to stay informed. Your responsibility does not end at the ballot box. You must also be eternally vigilant as to what your representatives are doing with the “consent of the governed” under the auspices of exercising the “will of the people” and register your approval or disapproval as needed. With the election just days away and early voting already underway, get educated, keep calm and VOTE!
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.