sovereign-investor.com / By Jeff Opdyke / November 19, 2012
In this article from last February, Jeff Opdyke warned us that as we entered election season, America was once again going to be presented with no choice at all – just two candidates who would both continue the same destructive policies that address none of America’s fundamental problems. Now that this incredibly divisive election has concluded, Jeff’s words still ring true – already the politicians are back to grandstanding and bickering while ignoring the real issues.
I had just popped the cork on a highly regarded 2006 Domaine du Pegau when my dinner companion popped his own cork. He was furious with the state of American politics, the comical inanity of the nominating process and the direction our country has taken in the last three or four decades.
“To hell with ’em all,” he blurted out. “That’s why I’ve never voted in my 63 years. If you vote for ’em, you just encourage the bastards. And the bastards have already done enough to [screw] up this country.” I leave it to you, dear reader, to fill in his actual word inside those brackets.
It was one of those moments when you don’t know whether to laugh because it’s so true – or cry … because it’s so true.
America is no longer the country we learned about in civics class.
We go through the motions to make it look like we’re running a democracy where one vote/one person matters. But on some level, we know that’s not true anymore. America’s political class has become America’s political cliques. They exist for the enrichment of their members, rarely the betterment of the country.
If they really cared about the U.S. of A., we wouldn’t be a nation weakened by a debt approaching $140,000 per taxpayer. We wouldn’t be a nation where governmental policies discourage personal savings, yet encourage destructive consumption.
Neither would we be a nation where a sense of entitlement permeates, while personal responsibility goes missing. And we wouldn’t be a nation where politicians encourage entitlement through reckless and costly social-engineering programs that garnish the wealth of doers and transfer it to sluggards.
And so I say to you … on November 6, stay away from the polling booth. Because a vote for any presidential candidate in America today … is a vote wasted.