The Electoral Process is only Another “Survivor” or Reality TV Show
Another electoral season is well underway. As is the case every two or FOUR years, the same old practices exist with maneuvers and manipulation starting early with the two party Duopoly working hand-in-hand with the corporate media. The latter is already counting the billions of dollars in advertising that they expect to receive from making the whole thing look like a legitimate contest. Daily “news’ shows begin to sound like an endless ball game reporting the latest “scores” (poll results) to show who’s up and who’s down. Early eliminations or drop outs consume at least a day’s worth of “breaking news.” And an exchange of barbed insults make it all good comedy.
Each electoral season many people begin to realize they are being conned again and swear that something needs to be done about it. But they also realize it’s all about the money chasing those whom corporations and the wealthy elite believe will exert the most influence on their behalf. A recent poll conducted by Gallup shows that 60% of the people believe there is a need for a “third party”, equal to the highest in at least a decade.
What candidates actually intend to do to better the lives of the common person simply becomes a challenge for the best marketeers to package them in a way to improve the polls. Because in the end, the corporatists always win no matter which party in the Duopoly they elect and give power to make and execute laws. Elections are nothing but a Survivor TV Show (assured by Donald Trump) while the oligarchs and/or plutocrats figure out how they can maximize their outcome through large enough “investments.” Corporations learn from experience that the return on their investments is huge, many times what they spend.
Chris Hedges has written an excellent article describing, “America’s Electoral Farce.” He states at the beginning of the article:
“I intend to devote no more time to the upcoming presidential elections than walking to my local polling station on Election Day, voting for a third-party candidate, most likely the Green Party candidate, and going home. Any further energy invested in these elections, including championing Bernie Sanders’ ill-advised decision to validate the Democratic Party by becoming one of its presidential candidates, is a waste of time.
Every action we take now must be directed at ripping down the structures of the corporate state. This means refusing to co-operate. It means joining or building radical mass movements. It means carrying out sustained acts of civil disobedience….”
But Chris is still offering to vote for a third party, instead of a protest boycott, and many still insist on supporting a third party as their “solution” to this electoral dilemma. But few people have actually reported or examined what the record of third parties has been in the U.S. In this article, I present a few tables of actual data–results from previous elections—in order that people can consider some alternatives.
I have written several articles in the last two years, indicating that the two party corporatist Duopoly controls every aspect of the electoral process and the people who are chosen to “represent” them. See, for example, “Why Americans Must Destroy the Two Party Fascist Duopoly Now! One should keep in mind, that in national elections more than 90% of incumbents are re-elected and about 90% of those who are elected spend the most money. It’s no wonder that more than 50% of our elected members of Congress are millionaires or multi-millionaires. And all but two of our 535 members of Congress are elected by the Duopoly–members of either the Republican or Democratic Party. And even in Vermont, Bernie Sanders who calls himself and “independent” has had an agreement with the Democratic Party for years that they will not oppose him in elections if he continues to caucus with the Democrats. We have only an illusion (a big lie) that we are participating in a “democratic” process.
Below are tables of records of “Third Parties” in the U.S. from 1980 to 2012 and you can see, without a very strong mass “independent” movement, the odds of being elected from one of them is extremely small. Americans must get serious in wanting significant change and it should be obvious that until massive “movements”, which ultimately translate their actions into a political force, nothing is likely to change.
2012 Presidential General Election Results
Note: The last column on the right is the Electoral Vote: Obama–62%, Romney–38%, Other–0
2012 Presidential General Election Results–Gallup Pre-election Polls
Click on link above above to see link for Table 1980-2004
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND AUTHOR: THOMAS BALDWIN
Thomas Baldwin holds a Ph.D in Physics and an MBA in Management. He was a Solid State researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory specializing in neutron radiation damage of metals. In 1969 he received the national Sidhu Award for being “an outstanding young scientist for contributions in the field of diffraction.” He went on to Southern Illinois University to become a professor and Chair of the Department of Physics. In 1980 he moved to Boulder, Co and became an independent consultant in energy related issues at the Colorado Research Institute. He formed the Boulder Consulting Group to be consultants to corporations on Management and Leadership problems. In about 1998 he became a professor of Management at Colorado Technical University, where he developed and taught courses in Project Management and offering one of the first courses of its type for the IBM system. He is now formally retired and focusing on writing blogs on the political sector at his blog site: www.proactvoice.wordpress.com He now resides in Biloxi, Mississippi and his concentration remains one of describing major problems in the political sector and public institutions including problems with democracy, capitalism and socio-economic issues. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org