Does anyone actually think that we are living under the rule of representative democracy when nothing can be further from the truth. How is it that you equate our elections being controlled by only two country club like, private organizations, with glaring conflict of interests to open and fair elections, to democracy?
We are virtually the only democratic country in the world that is limited to two political parties. These parties are allowed to dictate the rules and laws concerning elections from the most local to national. They have not only utilized this ability to disenfranchise the majority of the nation's electorate with the institution of closed primaries, but have added the insult of requiring the very people prohibited from participating in these elections to pay for them.
They have additionally been tasked with setting the rules for 3rd party participation in presidential debates, and have once again taken advantage of this by instituting virtually impossible requirements for them to do so. This unethical and undemocratic situation allowed them to systematically ignore the constituency's will with impunity.
It is incumbent for every voter to vote their conscience by supporting the candidate that best reflects their values, priorities and morals. For anyone to suggest otherwise is an affront to democratic ideals.
Because of the two party duopoly, the establishment candidates are so unaccountable that they have the entitlement to offer us as part of their platform, fracking, continued destruction of our planet's ability to sustain life, continued fossil fuel dependence, ever escalating additions to our already bloated military and intelligence budgets, corporate welfare, military adventurism, ad nauseam. Theses policies do not reflect my values, priorities or morals and I would go so far as to assert that if they reflect yours, you suck as a human being.
But nonetheless I am expected to vote for a thoroughly corrupt, pathologically lying, pandering, politically expedient, inconsistent, immoral, unprincipled, unethical, warmongering, hypocritical, 1%er, corporate puppet, because if I don't I'll get an even worse thoroughly corrupt, pathologically lying, pandering, politically expedient, inconsistent, immoral, unprincipled, unethical, warmongering, hypocritical, 1%er, corporate puppet.
This establishment political leadership's extortionist 'lesser of two evils' narrative is exactly the reason the we have the two most untrustworthy and disliked candidate in the history of American presidential election. Only until we abandon the establishment parties will we have a government even remotely concerned with advancing the greater good of our nation.