Oh, well. Now it's all starting to make sense …
Here we are, some 3 months out until this disaster of a political race is over. And it's something that the entire world is talking about. The results of our elections have huge impacts on the world at large, so it's natural that people outside of our borders care. The problem? Only 9 percent of Americans (or 0.004 percent of the world's population) actually chose Trump and Clinton as the nominees for the American presidency.
A recent article in the New York Times lays it out fairly clear:
- The United States is home to 324 million people.
- 103 million of them are children, noncitizens or ineligible felons, and they do not have the right to vote.
- 88 million eligible adults do not vote at all, even in general elections.
- An additional 73 million did not vote in the primaries this year, but will most likely vote in the general election.
- The remaining 60 million people voted in the primaries: about 30 million each for Republicans and Democrats.
- But half of the primary voters chose other candidates. Just 14 percent of eligible adults — 9 percent of the whole nation — voted for either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton.
You'd have to either be stuck under a rock or pushing a cart through IKEA right now to not have heard about what's going down in the voting booths, however it's fascinating that such a small number of people in this country are deciding the fate of the world.
When all is said and done, there will be roughly a hundred-million people voting for either side, or one in three Americans (129,085,403 votes were counted in 2012). That is, if people even give a fuck anymore to cast a ballot.
We're at a point now, finally, where we know the system is rigged against us. Mathematically, there just doesn't seem to be a fair way of running our offices, even if every single person chooses to vote. Hell, if the race is dead even and decided by one vote to pick a side, that's 49.999999 percent of people unsatisfied with the results. That's a lot of pissed off people.
It's time to overhaul the system, that much is clear. Let's just hope the rest of the world can wait while we get our shit together.