What If I Dared Everyone Who Reads This To Vote Accordingly

Andrew Paolo Napolitano (born June 6, 1950) is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and now a political and legal analyst for Fox News Channel. Napolitano started on the channel in 1998, and currently serves as the network’s senior judicial analyst, commenting on legal news and trials. He also hosts the talk show Freedom Watch on Fox Business Channel.

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What If Elections Don’t Matter?

by Andrew P. Napolitano

What if Democrats and Republicans were two wings of the same bird of prey?

What if elections were actually useful tools of social control? What if they
just provided the populace with meaningless participation in a process that
validates an establishment that never meaningfully changes? What if that
establishment doesn’t want and doesn’t have the consent of the governed? What if
the two-party system was actually a mechanism used to limit so-called public
opinion? What if there were more than two sides to every issue, but the two
parties wanted to box you in to one of their corners?

What if there’s no such thing as public opinion, because every thinking person
has opinions that are uniquely his own? What if public opinion was just a
manufactured narrative that makes it easier to convince people that if their
views are different, there’s something wrong with that — or something wrong
with them?

What if the whole purpose of the Democratic and Republican parties was not to
expand voters’ choices, but to limit them? What if the widely perceived
differences between the two parties was just an illusion? What if the heart of
government policy remains the same, no matter who’s in the White House? What if
the heart of government policy remains the same, no matter what the people want?

What if those vaunted differences between Democrat and Republican were actually
just minor disagreements? What if both parties just want power and are willing
to have young people fight meaningless wars in order to enhance that power? What
if both parties continue to fight the war on drugs just to give bureaucrats and
cops bigger budgets and more jobs?

What if government policies didn’t change when government’s leaders did? What if
no matter who won an election, government stayed the same? What if government
was really a revolving door of political hacks, bent on exploiting the people
while they’re in charge?

What if both parties supported welfare, war, debt, bailouts and big government?
What if the rhetoric that candidates displayed on the campaign trail was dumped
after electoral victory? What if Barack Obama campaigned as an antiwar,
pro-civil liberties candidate, then waged senseless wars while assaulting your
rights that the Constitution is supposed to protect? What if George W. Bush
campaigned on a platform of nonintervention and small government, then waged a
foreign policy of muscular military intervention and a domestic policy of vast
government borrowing and growth?

What if Bill Clinton declared the era of big government to be over, but actually
just convinced Republicans like Newt Gingrich that they can get what they want
out of big government, too? What if the Republicans went along with it?

What if Ronald Reagan spent six years running for president promising to shrink
government, but then the government grew while he was in office? What if,
notwithstanding Reagan’s ideas and cheerfulness and libertarian rhetoric, there
really was no Reagan Revolution?

What if all this is happening again? What if Rick Santorum is being embraced by
voters who want small government even though he voted for the Patriot Act, for
an expansion of Medicare and for raising the debt ceiling by trillions of
dollars? What if Mitt Romney is being embraced by voters who want anyone but
Obama, but don’t realize that Romney might as well be Obama on everything from
warfare to welfare?

What if Ron Paul is being ignored by the media not because they claim he’s
unappealing or unelectable, but because he doesn’t fit into the pre-manufactured
public opinion mold used by the establishment to pigeonhole the electorate and
create the so-called narrative that drives media coverage of elections?

What if the biggest difference between most candidates was not substance but
style? What if those stylistic differences were packaged as substantive ones to
re-enforce the illusion of a difference between Democrats and Republicans? What
if Romney wins and ends up continuing most of the same policies that Obama
promoted? What if Obama’s policies, too, are merely extensions of Bush’s?

What if a government that manipulated us could be fired? What if a government
that lacked the true and knowing consent of the governed could be dismissed?
What if it were possible to have a game-changer? What if we need a Ron Paul to
preserve and protect our freedoms from assault by the government?

What if we could make elections matter again? What if we could do something
about this?


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7 Responses

  1. It certainly has “The ring of truth” doesn’t it?

    It’s a great article. I’d bet in another time it would have inspired a revolution.

  2. The other day I was contemplating my vote for Ron Paul. Would it simply be a waste? Initially I thought yes. But then I began to think that perhaps, if more and more people vote for Ron Paul and others like him, perhaps one day more politicians will pay attention. Coincidentally, I read this article earlier today. *** http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ron-pauls-achievement/2012/01/12/gIQABS7duP_story.html?hpid=z5&socialreader_check=0&denied=1 ***** Pretty much what I was thinking but worded infinitely better than I could have ever written. And from Charles Krauthammer of all people who is NOT a fan of the libertarian agenda by any means. The article confirmed my belief that there might possibly be hope for the future. Good read. Check it out.

  3. While I agree with what Judge Napolitano says, be very careful before assuming that Ron Paul believes the same. You know all of those things that Ron Paul doesn’t think that government should do? That’s not quite right – he thinks that the federal government shouldn’t do them. He’s OK with states doing them.

    This is too nuanced for the mainstream media, in those few occasions when they cover Ron Paul at all. His issue is state’s rights, not civil liberties. He’s OK with government interference in your personal life, as long as it’s local government.

    Sure, he’d end the War on Drugs – at the federal level. He thinks that it’s OK for California to allow medical marijuana. But he also thinks it’s OK for Texas to ban it. He’s not seeing this as an issue of personal rights that no government, at any level, should stay away from. He sees it as the federal government infringing on state government’s right to enact laws. Your personal rights aren’t part of it at all.

    Still, I’d like to see him win the nomination. He’s willing to talk about things that need to be talked about. He’s willing to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

  4. I WILL be voting for Ron Paul and/or anyone that truly believes in Individual Rights and understands the best government is not only limited in its power but also local.

  5. The reason all of these Presidents promise one thing on the campaign trail and then do the opposite when they take office is because none of these Presidents is a man of his own volition. Many in Congress and the Executive branch are nothing more than mere puppets that do the bidding and carry out the will of their backers…notice I did not say constituents. Some attribute this line of thought as a conspiracy theory or some “crazy” rumor about the Illuminati. Sadly, this is the very essence of modern government. Those who pull the strings share no desire to run for office or serve the people. Instead, they stay behind the scene and profit from the suffering that comes from the decisions they force Congress and the administration to make despite not being in the best interest of their people.

    Those that buck the party-line are either attacked and smeared, assassinated, or have their dirty laundry exposed. Trust in any government is the first step to complacency and compliance. Hitler knew what he was doing. First you have to scare people and then drum up support for your crimes while telling them it is for their best and to question any different is unpatriotic.

    Modern government fears Ron Paul because he is not part of their club. He speaks out against the secret meetings and backroom deals and to allow him to be elected would only educate the citizens, effectively threatening the rulers behind the curtains.

    Mike, you said in any other time this article would have caused a revolution. I disagree. Because in any other time, those that came before us would have never allowed government to achieve the position and power it has. They were our country’s true Libertarians.

    If you read this message, you ARE part of the resistance. Keep fighting!

  6. Either the American public has to get smarter or political contributions have to be limited and reigned in. After starting yet another war, Obama has showed the world that there is not much difference in the two major parties. Sadly, I think that America will learn the hard way. It’s influence in the world will wane as it gets buried under a pile of debt as a series of Republican and Democratic administrations dupe the public into thinking it has the answer.

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