In celebration of the inauguration, a rant

by Mrs. Smith on January 20, 2021

Yes, I’m not pleased with Biden’s being elected.
But I’d also be equally not pleased if Trump had won.

Have you heard of Ranked Choice Voting, or Alternative Voting?
If you vote in the US, and you don’t know what I’m talking about, I *highly* recommend taking a little look at this.

This video does a great job explaining it, and I’m kinda not in the mood to butcher it here trying to explain it in written word. With this one, really, video is optimal.

My husband hadn’t heard of this voting method until we talked about it tonight.

Me: “I wonder if it ever could be possible to switch over to this in the US, anywhere. I mean, the legislators who would need to make it happen — they are EXACTLY the people who would hate it the most. Why would any of them ever vote for this?”

Mr Smith: “Maybe, but… I wonder… If the Alternative Voting system was in place, how many Democrat or Republican politicians would be interested in representing a third party?”

Me: “Pssssssshhhhhh, no way, they’re all drinking that Koolaid.”

Mr Smith: “A lot of them may be drinking it because there’s nothing else available though.”

Me: Hmmmmm… He has a point. If you actually want to serve in public office, what are your options? Run Blue or Red… Going third-party means you almost never get elected, period…”

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had this system in place? I mean, really. Let’s go back to 2016, when Trump was elected.

How many people do you know who voted for Trump because they hated Hillary? 

How many people do you know who voted for Hillary because they HATED Trump?

So many people.

So many people, in fact, that in 2106 a third-party candidate actually ran on a platform that was like “Hey, if you want to vote for me, we’ll pair you with someone from the other side who also wants to vote for me. So then, the party you hate most isn’t having any advantage over the party you hate less.”

It was an incredible campaign, I thought. It was really well done. I was so impressed.

It didn’t work. Clearly. But is it not obvious that there are a LOT of people disgusted with this horrific wrestling match we go through in our Federal elections especially?

I don’t believe that either main party actually represents the majority of voting-aged Americans. There’s no way. They only represent the majority of VOTERS who concede to vote for them…. and again, a LOT of those voters are only voting to keep the other party out of office.

How’s that fair representation?

How easy is that to manipulate????

So easy.

If people could ACTUALLY vote with their conscience and not feel like they were giving the advantage to a party that won’t represent their interests — wow. Wouldn’t that be different?

I’ve been independent for years, but it’s getting to where the insanity y’all willingly participate in is just too much to keep to myself. You actually take your sacred vote, and give it to someone you do NOT approve of. And millions of you do this.

This. Is. Insane.

It is literally destroying our country.

Not the Democrats destroying us and Republicans saving us.

Not Republicans destroying us and Democrats saving us.

THE ILLUSION THAT THOSE ARE THE ONLY 2 POLITICAL PARTIES THAT CAN REPRESENT US.
The continued cult-like devotion to those parties and the fighting between them.
The illusion that there’s an “us against them” in the first place.
The media having a party with it.

THAT is what is destroying our country’s government, in my opinion. And we deserve it. 100%.

We keep electing the same parties into office, expecting change. That’s on us.

It would be funny if it weren’t so utterly pathetic. It’s embarrassing, at this point, that we can collectively be this stupid.

So…

While a great many people are relieved and celebrating, and a great many others are disappointed and mourning…

I’m just sitting back (with a whole lot of under-represented people who think like me), going, wow, y’all are SO crazy to think this game needs to be played this way.

I get why you’re happy. I get why you’re sad. Do YOU get how silly it is that anyone tolerates (let alone, participates in, let alone identifies with) this 2 party brawl? At all?

ABANDON SHIP, PEOPLE.

Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.

Fire both parties. Stop putting up with corruption and electing the s.a.m.e. exact people in many instances — and even when there’s turnover, you’re electing people coming through the same system, representing the same parties that we’ve always used.

There are other ways of thinking out there!

I know, I know, hard to believe, but it is true.

In my perfect world,

we vote out every single politician who’s been in office for longer than 5 years. Can’t trust them. Just kick ’em out, I don’t care who they are, this is a revolution — but hey, no guillotines, so, isn’t that nice?

And we replace almost all of them with people NOT from the Republican or Democratic parties. Preferably almost-nobodies who are “just” honest, smart, hard-working, people from all walks of life who really know how to research and think.

Let’s just test it out and see what happens, you know?

If we don’t like it, we can totally go back to the other completely and totally corrupted nasty-fest of contention, blaming, shaming, and jerking emotions around instead of thinking clearly.

So again, why not?

If we want REAL change, we need to change who we vote for.

The magic — the absolute brilliance — about the US Constitution is that it is built so that we can have a revolution without the war.

Think about that for just a minute.

Whatever its other failings may be,

this form of government is flexible. It allows for change on all levels AND it could allow for a COMPLETE turnover of power within, what? Like a 6 year period (with the exception of the Supreme Court)? Nothing is set in stone here.

The power is literally in our hands.

But we have to change the way we vote, across the board, or these powerful hands are tied.

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