Don’t Succumb to Bully Tactics With Your Vote

Last time I checked this was a free country, or at least it used to be — or is supposed to be — but you wouldn’t know it from the Banana Republic-like tactics sleazy politicians, pundits, and operatives are using to influence your choice with your vote.

From Donald Trump supporters giving him Christ-like powers, “Only he can save us,” and “the world will end if Hillary Clinton is elected,” to Hillary Clinton supporters declaring that Donald Trump’s first day in office will include blowing up the world with a massive nuclear launch, both sides are applying full-court pressure to coerce you.

Then there are the false narratives that must change. The two-party system duopoly has successfully sold us the false notion that a vote for a third-party somehow doesn’t count — that somehow it’s a “wasted vote” if we don’t vote for a candidate that has a “D” or an “R” next to their name. What a crock! How do those votes not count, exactly? What if the electorate suddenly woke up to this falsehood and stopped buying the false narrative? Would the votes suddenly then count?

The wasted vote narrative has been a successful one for the Democrats and the Republicans for many, many decades and it certainly has not been beneficial to Americans who’ve stuck themselves with Big Government Party #1 and Big Government Party #2, hence almost $20 trillion in debt and by some estimates $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities that are mathematically impossible to pay off. Government has grown regardless of which party is in charge. But don’t waste your vote on something different, okay? (Wink, wink.)

And don’t be pressured to vote. Don’t let Michelle Obama setting her hair on fire if you don’t vote for the most corrupt individual ever to run for the presidency — someone who should be in the Big House, not the White House — or threats from “conservative” Sean Hannity to karate-chop those who refuse to bow to his orange idol, a liberal NY con man, force you into doing something you don’t want to do.

And here’s the other thing, if you haven’t ever read or understood the U.S. Constitution on at least a layman’s level, then you really shouldn’t feel obligated to vote. If when politicians take their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, how will you hold them accountable if you don’t know what’s in it?

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If you don’t know that the U.S. Constitution was put in place to limit government and to guarantee your God-given rights, then you don’t need to feel obligated to vote for politicians who you will in no way know when they are operating outside its boundaries. No offense, but if you’re the kind of person who only really is halfway interested in who our leaders are until that last two weeks before the election, why really should you be voting if you are not informed?

So don’t feel pressured. If you want to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, then, by all means, go for it. But if you want your vote to be counted in another manner — and contrary to what you’ve been brainwashed with, it will be counted. Vote-shaming, guilt-tripping, bully tactics are everywhere. Sound them out and pray for discernment and direction.

There is no such thing as a wasted vote. It is not your obligation to vote for a political party’s candidate when that candidate doesn’t stand for constitutional principles that made America great in the first place. It is the candidate’s responsibility to earn your vote.

If the stench is so bad from Trump or Clinton that you cannot hold your nose tightly enough to keep from passing out at the fumes, you can always vote for Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle or Independent Conservative Evan McMullin, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson or even Green Party commie Jill Stein (that would be for those who haven’t read or understand the Constitution or care about individual freedom — did you see what I did there?). Those candidates are either on the ballots in most states or are approved as write-in candidates.

It is no longer — nor has it ever been — your obligation or duty to vote for the “lesser of two evils.” This is the worst of slippery slopes and another false choice that continually leads to more evil candidates that are accepted because after all, “so and so is the lesser of two evils.”

At some point, people must reject the two-party system, the false choices, the false narratives and the lies, deception, and corruption of our leaders, regardless of the initial that happens to fall after their names. This election sucks bad enough. Don’t make it worse by waking up on November 9, and feeling guilty that someone bullied you into voting in a way that you otherwise wouldn’t.


About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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