Why Your Vote Counts … And Doesn’t Matter

If you tuned in to the election results coverage after the midterm elections, you probably heard this quite often: “See how close these races were? Anyone who says your vote doesn’t count really needs to look at this election. Your vote counts. There’s no doubt about that now.”

It’s true. If you wanted Republicans in office rather than Democrats, or vice versa, your vote certainly did make a difference. Yet, according to data cited by Obama and other sore losers, two-thirds of potential voters didn’t vote. Apparently, only about 36% of the voter eligible population showed up to vote in the midterm elections. That’s a very low number—the lowest since the 40s, when many voters were fighting in WWII.

So Obama has taken that and run with it. Since two-thirds of voters didn’t vote, he thinks somehow that that means he should carry on as usual. Even more so, perhaps. So your vote counts. But it won’t make any difference. Because Obama is going to continue doing what he’s been doing anyway.

And let’s just face it. In two years, I highly doubt we’ll look back at this Congress and see any great difference from the previous one. As Ron Paul said about these midterm elections: “Power shift? Yes. Philosophy shift? No!” Translation: Whether the Republicans or Democrats are in power, we are going to continue to get the same big-government, tyrannical meddling eroding your rights and driving this country further into economic and social oblivion.

Many people think the low voter turnout is a sign of apathy. But I would be careful interpreting silence as apathy. That silence is nearly deafening. Here’s what it probably means: voters know your vote counts, but they also know it counts only toward the Republicans or the Democrats. And frankly, we’re sick and tired of both parties.

Just look at the stats. The percentage of voters who don’t subscribe to either party label continues to rise. More than a third of Americans claim to be independent—more than those who claim to be Republican or Democrat. Do those independent voters really have much of a choice? No. So your vote counts doesn’t really do much for them. They know they are living in a strictly two-party system, and I imagine most of them are probably sitting elections out, politically voiceless.

The bottom line is that Americans don’t want Republicans and Democrats to work together. We don’t want them to work at all. We desperately want a different political philosophy reigning in Washington, and right now, voting can’t make that happen. So many people don’t vote. Not because they are apathetic. But because they are angry and fed up and voting in the two-party see-saw doesn’t give voice to their frustration.

So sure, your vote counts. But it doesn’t really matter until we have people to vote for that aren’t just more of the same. We don’t want more grandstanding and more fili-blustering. We don’t want any more fundamental transformation from an imperial president and an activist judiciary.

Maybe we don’t even know what we want. But I can tell you very clearly what we don’t want: more of the same Republicrat and Democan garbage. But no one is hearing us. If we vote, they don’t hear us. If we don’t vote, they don’t hear us. What are we supposed to do?