There are multiple layers which have been at work for numerous decades in assuring a predetermined outcome in line with the desires of the powers which handle the political process behind the scenes. These layers include "lies of omission" or exclusion of a candidate or candidates which voters may find attractive by the controlled national media, outright voter fraud which has also been irrefutably and recently evidenced, (see also the HBO Special documentary: "HACKING DEMOCRACY") and the historical evidence which suggests that presidents are handled by powers well above their pay grade.
The Republicratic Party?
Georgetown University professor and CFR insider Carroll Quigley, mentor to former President Bill Clinton, had this to say in his book, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time
"The National parties and their presidential candidates, with the Eastern Establishment assiduously fostering the process behind the scenes, moved closer together and nearly met in the center with almost identical candidates and platforms, although the process was concealed as much as possible, by the revival of obsolescent or meaningless war cries and slogans (often going back to the Civil War). … The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. … Either party in office becomes in time corrupt, tired, unenterprising, and vigorless. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies." Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (New York: Macmillan, 1966), pp. 1247-1248.
"Fostering the process behind the scenes?" Could it be true that key politicians are heavily compromised and controlled play-actors? Is it deeper than mere lobbying by powerful corporate interests? Judging from the comments of Carroll Quigley above, it would seem doubtful that a random collection of candidates elected to office could have steered policy which have gotten us to the point of a "two-party" system which is in essence, two arms of the same monster. If so, then blaming Bush or whomever is in office for whatever, is an exercise in futility (and perhaps controlled disinformation from various gatekeeper organizations and individuals), as politicans are also expendable punching bags in a system which has done everything in its power to ensure its own survival.
Public advertizing blitzes to encourage voter participation in elections are simply attempts at continuing the illusion that 'the people' actually have a say beyond a cosmetic influence in directing the future of the country and to factor in mass approval of 'the system' as well as complicity in the actions of political representatives on 'the people's behalf.' What does it mean when an Australian citizen is fined $35 for not casting his or her vote? Is the mere act of voting consenting to be ruled by the majority? Did the citizens of Argentina give their consent for the president of that nation to take on huge loans from the parasitic International Monetary Fund only to be coerced into restucturing and surrendering portions of the nation's assets, devaluing the currency and increasing taxes, by the act of voting? I would tend to agree that the best way for a disenfranchised population to send a message would be to boycott elections. Tumble weeds and the sounds of crickets at all polling places would create the necessary discomfort for the leviathan in Washington D.C., since 'we the people' would refuse to participate in a rigged game. How much longer will will be laughed at by the black limousine crowd on the Potomac? How many people just don't want to "get it?"
Presidential Candidate Paul
Even if candidate for president Ron Paul were to overcome the voting machine fraud and got himself elected would he be able to make a difference? Could he succeed in his stated desire to re-empower the individual; by working to reinstate a constitutional system? The lies of omission or the Orwellian dumping of news or information down the memory hole as with the "CNBC Vanishing Poll" is one example of many which points to one method of ensuring that the fewest know about Congressman Paul's campaign. Just ask co-workers, friends, family and acquaintances, or a passer-by, if he or she knows of presidential candidate Ron Paul. But for Paul to have a snowball's chance in hell, despite evidence of media supression, several miraculous events would have to occur simultaneously. First, we'd have to hope that a very large portion of the American public would actually take a good look at the candidates for office and that they would somehow favor Paul despite their indoctrinated socialist mindset, financial dependence upon the system and lack of understanding of how a sustainable monetary system operates thanks to tax-exempt Foundation edited school textbooks. Then, we'd have to hope that there would be a very large and sizable majority in key states who would cast their vote for Paul and hope that the 'will of the people' would somehow be fully expressed despite evidence of manipulated computerized voting software. Even if he overcomes that hurdle and becomes President, Paul, who has called for the elimination of the IRS and the Federal Reserve, would be up against powers that very few can actually begin to comprehend. These two private entities are one arm of a global octopus which would not go out without a bang. Are Presidents handled by powers in the shadows who also control all significant media outlets?
Out of the Blue 'Lone Gunmen?'
As past is often prologue, Paul's success at being elected would pose a threat to the concentrated pockets of power. Indeed, his well being would be in question. A study of 'lone gunmen' assassins is a very interesting one indeed. There are incredible facts that can be gleaned from the assassination attempts and assassinations of past political figures. There was the attempted assassination of President Andrew Jackson by Richard Lawrence (both his pistols failed to fire), who admitted that he was sent by banking interests to do the job. Then there was John Wilkes Booth, and his co-conspirator John Surrat who was a harbored fugitive in his Vatican employment as a Swiss Guard despite US government protests subsequent to the Lincoln assassination. See also free e-book (published in 1924): The Suppressed Truth about the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Skipping over interesting facts surrounding the Garfield and McKinley assassinations (for the sake of brevity), we fast forward 100 years to the John F. Kennedy assassination. Just recently the son of the late CIA executive officer and covert operative, E. Howard Hunt, is making available the detailed death bed recordings of his father's first hand account regarding the conspiracy surrounding the assassination of JFK. Hmmm....interesting how the establishment media didn't pick that story up. Yes, it seems that this was also most likely a conspiracy, one of the most often used words in the judicial system. Also, please take a look at the association of Neil Bush (brother of President G. W. Bush) to the family of John Hinkley, the would be assassin of President Ronald Reagan---see: The Bush-Hinckley connection.
Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't
"That a man is free to abandon the benefits and throw off the burdens of citizenship, may indeed be inferred from the admissions of existing authorities and of current opinion. Unprepared as they probably are for so extreme a doctrine as the one here maintained, the radicals of our day yet unwittingly profess their belief in a maxim which obviously embodies this doctrine. Do we not continually hear them quote Blackstone's assertion that "no subject of England can be constrained to pay any aids or taxes even for the defence of the realm or the support of government, but such as are imposed by his own consent, or that of his representative in parliament?" And what does this mean? It means, say they, that every man should have a vote. True: but it means much more. If there is any sense in words it is a distinct enunciation of the very right now contended for. In affirming that a man may not be taxed unless he has directly or indirectly given his consent, it affirms that he may refuse to be so taxed; and to refuse to be taxed, is to cut all connection with the state. Perhaps it will be said that this consent is not a specific, but a general one, and that the citizen is understood to have assented to every thing his representative may do, when he voted for him. But suppose he did not vote for him; and on the contrary did all in his power to get elected some one holding opposite views — what them? The reply will probably be that, by taking part in such an election, he tacitly agreed to abide by the decision of the majority. And how if he did not vote at all? Why then he cannot justly complain of any tax, seeing that he made no protest against its imposition. So, curiously enough, it seems that he gave his consent in whatever way he acted — whether he said yes, whether he said no, or whether he remained neuter! A rather awkward doctrine this. Here stands an unfortunate citizen who is asked if he will pay money for a certain proffered advantage; and whether he employs the only means of expressing his refusal or does not employ it, we are told that he practically agrees; if only the number of others who agree is greater than the number of those who dissent. And thus we are introduced to the novel principle that A's consent to a thing is not determined by what A says, but by what B may happen to say!"
Herbert Spencer, "The Right to Ignore the State"
"When tyrants cannot prevail by craft they burst forth into open rage"
See what can happen if you confront a 'public servant' with evidence of the election con-game. Take a look at video the national news omitted from its nightly broadcast regarding "the tasing incident" at the University of Florida where student Andrew Meyer was zapped with a stun gun after confronting John Kerry with some information regarding the 2004 election:
Who's Controlling Whom? Commentary From Historical personages and a stand-up comedian:
"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. " Theodore Roosevelt, April 19, 1906
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928)
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"The Trilateral Commission doesn't run the world, the Council on Foreign Relations does that!" Winston Lord, Assistant Secretary of State, the U. S. State Department
"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way." Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd US President
"The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands." Spiro Agnew, U. S. Vice-President, 13 November 1969
"The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise power from behind the scenes." Justice Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) U.S. Supreme Court Justice
"In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill ... All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself."Alexander King, Bertrand Schneider - founder and secretary, respectively, of the Club of Rome - The First Global Revolution, pp.104-105
"Electronic communication and rapid transportation make possible a stifling world government. Techniques such as genetic engineering, psychoactive drugs and electronic control of the brain make possible a transformation of the species into docile, fully-obedient, 'safe' organisms. "William Sims Bainbridge
"I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world — in the field of advertizing — and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency ... Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious ... I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours ... and we tend to disbelieve ours." Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S.
"The Trilateralist Commission is international... [and] ...is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateralist Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power - political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical."Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona), in his book "With No Apologies"
"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas."G. Brock Chisholm, co-founder of the World Federation for Mental Health, former director of UN World Health Organization
"The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as 'international bankers.' This little coterie... run our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen...[and] seizes...our executive officers... legislative bodies... schools... courts... newspapers and every agency created for the public protection."John F. Hylan, Mayor of New York (1918-1925), in speech on March 26, 1922
"The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses." Albert Einstein