A common and righteous complaint about our political system is regarding voter fraud. When even a single miss-vote gets cast, everyone else’s vote is diminished. Now, multiply that by hundreds, by thousands or even hundreds of thousands of faulty or fraudulent votes. As the number of false votes increases, so does the degree to which one’s political power is compromised. Despite the claims to the contrary from the dying, legacy, partisan media, voter fraud is not uncommon. In fact, it’s a long-standing, despicable tradition of some candidates and some of their supporters that goes back centuries.
One previously-stated effect this has is diluting legitimate votes and reducing and usurping the political power of those who have participated fairly in an election by those who have not. Since there is often fraud on every side of an election, some of the sinister effects cancel out but not all the numerical & political damage and spiritual harm is undone.
Seeing mass voting fraud in an election can be very disheartening but listening to partisan media deny its proven, incontrovertible existence makes the injury even more difficult to bear. Enough research has been done on the subject throughout our history that the gaslighting by partisan media groups appears as nothing but desperation for relevance. But perhaps it’s more than that.
One dirty trick in the toolbox of shady politicians is to convince people on the other side that, since there is election fraud, their vote doesn’t count. By planting the seed of doubt, they help to nurture a defeatist attitude, which greatly aids in deterring turnout for their opponent(s). This is historically the case. Another one is to gaslight people about the nature of voter fraud in order to fluster and demoralize the opposition. Making you question your reality can have a profound impact on how you view the efficacy of your political power. Millions of people around the country succumb to these underhanded tactics and it’s understandable why they do.
Amidst this ongoing, moiling controversy, the law-abiding voter can quickly feel overwhelmed and may even arrive at the conclusion that to vote is futile. Since someone will inevitably steal their vote anyway, why bother? And, from a single person’s perspective, this is a valid stance. But, from the perspective of hundreds, thousands or even millions of individuals participating together in an election, this perspective is merely a self-fulfilling prophecy. If every voter on side A of an election acted based on this notion, the other side would certainly win; however, if not a single person on side A of that election held this thought but, rather, voted, it is very likely that side A could win by sheer numbers.
For you to give up out of frustration or spite for those who stole some of your power is the end goal of all cheating candidates. Don’t give them what they want, don’t be manipulated by their tactics, don’t give in to despair. Better to wield some power than to wield none. Use the power you have; get out and vote!