For years I never could understand why people said it was not worth voting and that things were rigged. I found that to be anathema to both my studies and beliefs. However, the last several general election cycles seem to have impressed upon me and others, apparently, that there may be some validation for such remarks.
Personally, I’m a registered Independent! I’m not very impressed with party politics, since Democratic candidates usually are, or have been, Republicans who switched parties, and vice versa. Current political shenanigans only leave me cold since the political agenda ‘de jour’ is about “political correctness” and memes restructuring society into a moral morass, in my opinion, rather than dealing with real issues that are pushing us into a Corporatocracy. But that’s my opinion!
One of the more famous political party ‘fence jumpers’ was the late Ronald Reagan, the Republican 40th President of the USA, who started out as a registered Democrat and an FDR’s New Deal supporter in California.
Hillary Clinton—yes—the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee hopeful campaigned for Republican presidential campaigner Richard Nixon, and also worked for Barry Goldwater’s campaign in 1964. Hillary even was elected president of Wellesley College’s Young Republican Club!
Leon Panetta joined the Nixon (R) administration as director of the Office of Civil Rights only later to become Bill Clinton’s (D) White House Chief of Staff!
Condoleezza Rice was a registered Democrat, who voted for Jimmy Carter (D) but switched and became a rather high ranking Republican in the George W Bush (R) administration.
Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat, who became the Republican mayor of New York City.
The late Senator Arlen Spector represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from 1981 to 2009, but was a Democrat from 2009 to 2011.
Democratic political ‘gadfly’ Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was a Republican at one time too!
Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post also is a political ‘fence jumper’.
Former Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole switched from being a Democrat in 1969, and eventually wound up being in Republican president Reagan’s administration and Cabinet. 
This website lists 21 of the most famous political party switchers of all time.
Those who bang political party drums seem not to see the forest for the trees, in my opinion. Party politics infighting and voting party lines really leave me to wonder, “Can’t anyone think outside the box he or she has pledged their loyalties and surrendered their minds to?”
All the above leads up to this overlooked theme regarding politics, elections, and voting: Party politics rule-making and rigging! A friend recently emailed James Perloff’s Blog wherein Perloff tells the story of what happened to a 2012 alternate delegate at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, who was representing candidate Ron Paul.
Delegate Rachel McIntosh obviously had a very rude awakening about the dark, stinky underside belly of presidential campaign politics, conventions, and party national committees, which I think you will find equally disturbing after your read about her experiences here.
The upshot of McIntosh’s story is how Ron Paul was ‘railroaded’ at the convention and Mitt Romney wound up being the ‘favorite son’ and nominee of the Republican Party. It would seem that the very same shenanigans are going on now and the RNC is between a rock and a hard place regarding Donald Trump’s popularity, including his majority of pledged delegates.
Frankly, what I don’t understand is how voters will allow party bosses to manipulate who becomes any party’s presidential nominee, instead of what the people decide. What’s the use of holding caucuses, primaries, or even general elections, if it’s all rigged? I think all that political BS boils down to whom they—the controllers—can control while in the White House. The current president seems to be the ideal example. Hillary will be the perfect follow through president to sink the U.S. ship of state, in my opinion. However, with twelve FBI agents investigating her State Department emails, there’s a possibility that her derriere may wind up in ‘Quantico’ or somewhere like that, I offer. Since most legal minds agree there are legal problems for Hillary, see what you think after this news analyst explains.
Hillary, like Barack Obama has, will rubber stamp the New World Order-Rockefeller-Rothschild-U.N. Agenda. However, Ron Paul would not march to party bosses dictums or the New World Order contingent’s plans and dreams for our future. Will The Donald or Bernie?
As Perloff says,
If you want to glimpse how far back this sort of power-brokering goes, read Ferdinand Lundberg’s 1937 classic America’s Sixty Families. He related how, a century ago, the rich were scorning voters and maneuvering their own choices into nominations, whether a Democrat like Woodrow Wilson in 1912 or a Republican like Herbert Hoover in 1928. 
So, shouldn’t we be asking, “What’s voting all about, and do our votes really count?”
To add to all the above, this article and video explain that computer programmers code computers to rig elections! That, I find totally reprehensible. What’s the use of voting?
This YouTube video, wherein a computer programmer, Clinton Eugene Curtis, under oath in Florida says that in October of 2000 he was asked to write a program to rig elections; that “would flip the vote 51-49”; and confirmed that there is “vote rigging software.” His testimony will make you cringe when you hear him say, “…to control the votes in South Florida.” The 2000 presidential election is the one the U.S. Supreme Court decided! What happened to the voters’ votes?
Can, or will, that happen again, especially in 2016?
This article was originally published by Activist Post