If those who proclaim that voting doesn’t matter would only say “the way we do it, voting doesn’t matter” then there would be a service in saying those words.
It would raise the question as to how it could be done so that it would matter; a lot.
That however that is never said while we hear all the complaints that the “system” is rigged, broken and in need of “change”.
What we don’t hear is what we actually do; which is take a mass, quantitative, derivative approach to our media and learning systems and THEN keep that separate from our mass, quantitative, derivative electoral system.
This does not seem a reasonable way for the most powerful citizenry on the planet to engage the richest and most powerful civic arrangements ever devised.
Just like with all the problems we face: electoral-media dysfunctions, the threat of economic decline, or assaults on civic freedoms, the activism that claims to represent the American public and stop what is surely not in their interests continue with the same old approaches:
Laws, Lawsuits, reforms, Constitutional amendments
Truth, calls to “wake up”, “share”, and “voice”
More (and more) media content
Stop with all the tried and untrue fragmented, ad hoc activities
Organize around a focused strategy
Based on a precise answer
To the actual problem
This requires that the capable people end its unhealthy focus on people, events and intrigues that cannot be influenced under the current circumstances and focus on all the many people, events and dysfunctions they can.
In the United States the citizenry can both select and elect a multitude of officials and by organizing the knowledge and tools necessary to use those powers, everything can be changed; no protests, laws, reforms or years of wrangling necessary.
The considered intervention of the motivated, civically educated few is all that is necessary to begin this process and, by doing so, create a shift of major and immediate proportions.
Because if anything is missing;
it will miss!
The "system" is broken, voting doesn’t matter, and the elites,
money, and parties rule; we know!
But, is that all there is to it?