The Illusion of Democracy

One of the best things that could happen for entrepreneurs and private businesses this year is for Ron Paul to win the Presidency.

While I hope this happens, I’m doubtful that it will.

Not for lack of support either. (Ron Paul probably has more supporters in this country than any other candidate, including Obama.)

The trouble is the whole system is rigged.

Republican party insider Dee Dee Benkie revealed before the Iowa caucus that they would do whatever was required to prevent Paul from winning. She revealed they were exerting undue influence to sway large blocks of voters and would manipulate the vote counts if necessary.

In her own words:

“I’ve talked to the party officials, I know they’re concerned about it,” said Benkie, adding, “Ron Paul doesn’t do us any good in Iowa, doesn’t do the country any good, will never get there, so let’s figure out what we need to do.”

Just a few days later, evidence began to emerge that the Republican party had done exactly what they said they would do. They had committed vote fraud.

What’s more, the people running the Iowa caucus confessed the results could never be certified, and the vote counts continued to shift days after voting had ended.

The whole thing was a farce.

Now, there is strong evidence that vote fraud has been committed in the Nevada caucus as well, and this time the fraud is even more blatant.

Of course, fraud in Iowa and Nevada was no cause for alarm among the mainstream media because “Ron Paul is unelectable,” and who cares about vote fraud anyway?

I started thinking about this again last night because of the Colorado caucus. My precinct polling location was a short drive away. But I didn’t go.

I didn’t go because I don’t feel like it matters. Even becoming a delegate might be a huge waste of time if they’re manipulating delegate votes later in the year.

(And if manipulating votes sounds far-fetched to you, believe me, it is not far-fetched in the least. Some say it’s even easier to manipulate votes on a “Lie-bold” machine.)

So… I’m hoping Ron Paul wins. And I’m doing what I can to change people’s minds and educate them.

Ron Paul as President would be good for business. It would be good for the economy. It would be good for the country.

At the same time, I’m not so ignorant to believe that my vote counts in any way, shape, or form.

What we have in America is an illusion of a democratic process. We have selfish leaders who will do anything to maintain their own power, even if it means committing fraud and changing votes to fit the outcome they want.

At a time like this, it’s important to remember what Joseph Stalin reportedly said: “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this – who will count the votes, and how.”

So long as the Grand Old Party is counting the votes, the outcome will be a Grand Old Joke.

-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like,, and

Jason Hart - February 8, 2012

As a Christian, I have grave concerns about Ron Paul, but then I have grave concerns about all the candidates.

Paul - February 8, 2012

You are totally right, unfortunately. Our ‘democracy’ is just a big illusion fueled by large corporate funding and greed. It’s a shame that someone like Paul who is probably the most qualified candidate to take over cannot even play in the same game as other politicians.

    Ryan M. Healy - February 8, 2012

    This is part of the reason I’m asking people to pledge to vote for Ron Paul only. If he doesn’t get the nomination, don’t vote for any mainstream Republican or Democrat. Write Ron Paul’s name in if you have to.

    That’s going to be my approach this year.

Keith Gilmore - February 8, 2012

I really identify with your sentiment to throw in the towel in a sense, and I find it a little pointless and waste of time expressing my views (that’s bad, I know), but I’ll throw my 2-cents in here :-)

Personally, I’ve been very impressed with Ron Paul – he definitely seems quite legit and the candidate that’s most well versed with every issue (meaning he doesn’t need a speech writer 95% of the time).

But when it comes to getting him or others who challenge the most sensitive paradigms, in office, pure democracy loses and those in power will continue to give us smoke and mirrors!

Ultimately, I’m quite skeptical of the many varying degrees of news and information that’s out there concerning most political issues – and the higher up in the gov’t chain it is, the harder it is for me to swallow the things that I read and hear – because the power there is on the line, the more money is being spent to keep that power and to change and spin things the way the one with the most money wants us to see things.

Thanks Ryan!

    Ryan M. Healy - February 8, 2012

    I hear ya, Keith. Whenever there’s an issue with the vote tally, they always use excuses like “missing votes,” “military votes” (that presumably came in late), etc.

    I don’t believe any of it anymore. If they want to “goose” their candidate’s vote counts, they claim a packet of military votes “just arrived” — and lo and behold — most of them are for Romney!!!

    Yeah… I’m a cynic.

Ryan M. Healy - February 8, 2012

Subscriber just unsubscribed and told me:

“Didn’t need the political comments.”

I guess she’s allergic to the truth…

    Adam - February 9, 2012



    It’s so funny how people tuck tail and run at the first sign of the truth. It’s why secular sports columnists attack Tim Tebow, and Planned Parenthood will attack The Komen organization.

    Because when they, tarnished and dirty as they are, stand in front of a mirror with the backdrop being truth, they turn and run in shame. No one likes to look dirty, and certainly

    People like this are cowards, and it’s hard to love them unconditionally even though Ron Paul I’m sure, supports fully their right to dissent and willful ignorance.

    As for voting, well I’ll cast my vote only so I can point my finger in the faces of the gullible and shocked masses as the system unravels and leaves them bouncing and waving in the wind.

      Adam - February 9, 2012

      Vote for RP that is.

      Ryan M. Healy - February 9, 2012

      In my experience, people do one of three things: 1) avoid the information that contradicts their point of view; 2) resort to ad hominem attacks; or 3) actually confront the information and analyze it. The first two responses are most common.

    Ronnie - February 9, 2012

    I’m sure Kim Kardasian will keep her warm and enlightened tonight, after all, more Americans can tell you who her current boyfriend is than who the Sec of Defense is… sad.

    I think Eric Hoffer said it best in his book “True Believer,” To paraphrase: people don’t want to be free, it requires too much responsibility. They want to be told what to do and have the ability to complain about it….

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