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

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