April 19, 2016
Above are the words of Dr. Ron Paul, three-time presidential candidate and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Similar to Bernie Sanders, Dr. Paul attracted significant attention while he was in the running, appealing to the intellect of the masses and helping to wake people up to the realities of the U.S. electoral system.
U.S. presidential elections are rigged. This is the truth that he, and Sanders, and so many others, hope to make clear. Voting only provides the illusion of democracy, it does not actually serve democracy.
In the video below, Dr. Paul goes on to describe how the electoral process has become a giant charade, meant to entertain rather facilitate democracy. He also argues that who exactly is chosen for president is irrelevant, because corporate interests will always prevent them from effecting real change.
In a recent debate with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders made the same arguments, saying that,
It is an uncomfortable truth, as Bernie himself admits, but it is a reality we must face.
And hearing this for the first time can be jarring, to be sure. We've been told that the world operates in a specific way, that we decide who our political leaders will be, but as with anything in life, it's important that we discover the truth for ourselves rather than trusting blindly the words of others.
We have been programmed to believe everything we are told, and corporate media is not telling us the truth.
Dr. Paul and Bernie Sanders are not the only major political figures to speak out about this issue. Various presidents and politicians have been saying this for decades.
For example, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26 President of the United States, told the world that,
He also stated that,
Even the very first British MP, Benjamin Disraeli, warned us that,
Here is a very memorable quote from former New York City (1918-1925) Mayor John F. Hylan:
Here is another great one from the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, taken from his book The New Freedom:
As you can see, the idea that the system is corrupt and ruled by outside influence is not a new one, but it is only recently that the general population has begun to see it for themselves.
Presidents now seem to be little more than figureheads, meant to capture the hearts and attention of the people while leaving corporations (controlled by the big banks) free to do as they will, polluting and destroying our planet in their endless quest for profit.
While this is obviously a commendable and much-needed step forward for gender quality, I think we need to take a step back and consider the bigger picture.
We can't look to our political leaders for change, we have to look to ourselves, because our desires are not being represented or addressed in the political sphere.
The ongoing GMO debate is just one example of this, but there are many.
If we want to change the things which matter the most - the degradation of the environment, the military industrial complex, poverty, among others - we can't keep looking to political 'leaders' like Obama or international organizations like the United Nations, all of whom give empty speeches, year after year, like they've always done, without taking real action.
And nothing ever seems to get done...
Don't let them fool you any longer. Change will not come from them; it never has and it never will. Change can only come from you and from me, and the first step is awareness.
See the circus for what it is and choose not to participate.
If we keep looking to 'them' to provide the solutions we need to take care of our planet, we will continue down this road to destruction. It's how we got here in the first place.
I will leave you with these words from the late Carl Sagan, which neatly explain how it is we continue to be blinded by those in control: