Ever Get the Feeling You’ve Been Cheated?

These days, for my sole vote to represent the sum total of my political power seems a fairly bleak prospect. Goodness knows, I don’t have enough money to buy off candidates to do my bidding, I can’t buy the amount of TV ad time that sways undecided voters to my side, and I can’t fund the kind of operations that hire people to get out the vote for their side and to suppress the vote of their opponents’ side. When up against these forces fueled by people with money and power I can’t even imagine, my vote really doesn’t amount to shit. But is it the end of the world if our votes are meaningless? Is it the end of Democracy? We’ll still be able to buy our flat-screen TVs, Happy Meals and Big Gulps, won’t we? Look, I’m not asking for much, I just want to know that my vote, which is my voice in the political arena just as my dollar is in the commercial one, MEANS something. Sure, it’s just one vote among however many (only a few thousand in my local elections), and the candidate I vote for doesn’t always win (almost never does in my local elections), but I just want to know that my vote joins with others to support a candidate who truly speaks to the issues I care about and that affect me and my family.

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