Why are we voting today? Because the system is riddled with antiquated garbage.
It gets far worse than that. The American political system was not designed to support a representative democracy — it’s a shell game to prop up oligarchs, in a way grossly distorted by 18th century slavery. It is a terrible system that is primed to be gamed, and produce contests like the current churning pit of slime. It continues because Americans are educated to believe that the founding fathers were like demigods, that our constitution is a religious document, and that everything about the establishment of our country was noble and well-meaning. None of that is true.
It’s a system that deserves to be burned to the ground and plowed with salt. It’s a false democracy; a special effect, a bad joke. A power-sharing arrangement between unscrupulous demagogues and slavers. The two party system “divide et impera” splits us amongst ourselves, so that we don’t wake up and build guillotines. That we haven’t, yet, is shame enough to bear. But we will, eventually, we will.
I don’t approve of that outcome, largely because I think it will just be an opportunity for a fresh set of oligarchs to wrench the system to their benefit.
I don’t even know how the election will turn out today, but when the process is so terrible, it doesn’t really matter much for the long term future of the United States. One result is definitely better than the other, but I dread the ongoing mess of the next election, which will probably begin in 2017 and drag on for years. Again.