The 2012 presidential elections cost an estimated $2.6 billion. The 2016 presidential election is projected to double the previous election’s price tag. Furthermore, Washington, D.C. lobbyists shell out approximately $10 billion annually to influence politicians, which have an alarming 96% re-election rate!
Still think your vote counts? Unless you live in a swing state, you have a better chance at being struck by lightning, while riding a shark in a tornado than having your vote mean anything at all … okay, maybe I slightly embellished there.
Granted, when asserting the obvious state of affairs of nearly all political systems, that they are all corrupted and corruptible, someone may object and say, “It’s not supposed to be that way.”
From the historicist to the idealist, they claim that nation-states ought not to operate like they do. This is like telling the seas to stop making waves; whether corrupt nation-states or unstill seas, they both do what is in their nature – always have, always will.
And so, I submit, that the very existence of lobbyists shows a rational person that “We” are NOT the government, voting is futile, and any system in which you need to spend $15 billion in a given year to protect an individual’s right to self and property is a horrid one.
Nearly all states have a constitution, bill of rights, and political-class. These things are said to exist to protect the individual, but what are the honest results? They no more protect an individual’s rights than a schoolroom desk protects a child from a nuclear bomb.
So here’s the rub. Money talks. And what we want is not for money to go away, but for it to maintain clean speech. In politics, money talks dirty, but in the market, money speaks elegantly and fluently in any language. In the market, money is a certificate of performance and appreciation. In politics, money is little more than a collection of ransom notes, only saving some eggs from becoming the next omelet.