The Futility of Voting
A retired economics professor shares his thoughts on the election process.
—By Dr. Thomas Ising
Voting in this election is futile. Let me explain.
How many people would it take to understand an actual machine withover 300,000,000 moving parts? Who would know what would happen tothe machine if you only changed a few parts? Our country is infinitelymore complex than that: each of our over 300,000,000 people react andchange how they interact when a few parts are changed (i.e. a new law orregulation).
The arrogance to think that any of our 435 congressman or 100 Senators orone president have the slightest idea how any of their laws and regulationswill actually affect any of their constituents is shear arrogance.
The average representative is no different than the average one of us andis totally overwhelmed by the task of understanding the laws he or sheis expected to vote on. (but probably has the ego to think he or she can.)Probably only one or two in a hundred proposed laws are more than skimmedover and none are fully understood – much less how that law will actuallywork and what the actual response to it will be by his constituents.
The leaders, when our government was set up, clearly understood thisdilemma and simply wanted to set up a level playing field where people couldsolve their problems voluntarily among themselves. They never consideredit to be the job of the government to “solve” any problem – just to set thebasic rules. We have evolved far from that.
With that in mind I started trying to read positions of candidates butquickly decided it was totally futile. It does not make any difference.
First of all, the candidate will have a D after his name – no matter what.Thus whoever gets to D next week is it. Jesse Jr. won by doing absolutelynothing.
Second, we really know nothing about the person who will win. A few phraseshere or there or a short interview mean little (but better than nothing).Knowing something about the real character of the candidate would be more helpful – but almost impossible to get.
Third, what is this representative supposed to do? He or she is supposedrepresent the collective will of his voters and up hold the constitution.There is absolutely nothing that can represent the collective will of anygroup of people.
Fourth, there is no one in any walk of like who has anything but a very, veryminor understanding of how a vibrant interactive market consisting of over300 million individuals actually works or how any one will respond to any lawCongress will pass. Thus any Representative who has even the slightest ideaof how any law he or she votes for will affect the voters of his district isunder an extreme disillusion.
Fifth, not having the slightest idea how the law they are voting on willactually affect their voters. As a result, almost every congressman voting ashis leadership suggests. (As if they knew.)
All we are voting on is who will have the bragging right on being the newcongressman and getting all the prerogatives of that office and probablyhave a safe seat for many years to come.
Real voting is what we all do each and every day with our dollars which weearned for our contribution to the success of our society.