Authority: Voting

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What is actually taking place when a citizen of a democracy exercises his right to vote?  Under democratic political theory, original authority is vested in the individual members of the state.  Those who wish to become office holders in the state have to procure a majority of the pieces of individual authority that exist in each member in order to obtain the right to swear an oath to uphold the law of the land and exercise monopoly power over the citizens.  Those individual pieces of authority are votes.  When an individual votes he is loaning his piece of original authority to another person who is running for office.  The person who gathers the most individual pieces of authority wins and is elected.  (Again, this is all consistent with the political theory of John Locke, the most dominant political theorist at the time of the American Revolution and the drafting of the Constitution.)

Citizens of the United States may not have thought this principle through, but they are fully aware of it.  The “power of the vote” is a phrase that is used repeatedly.  The ability of the citizens to “throw the rascals out” indicates an awareness of that power.  Any of the multitudes of bumper stickers that assert “I am _______, and I Vote!” prove that citizens know that the vote is an exercise of their authority.  The problem, however, is that according to the Bible they have no authority.  Christians need to cease voting.  Simply because the State says that a person has the “right to vote” does not make it right.  The State says that a woman has the “right to murder her unborn baby” and all Christians realize that alleged right does not make abortion moral.  In the same way, the State’s assertion that Christians have a right and duty to vote does not make the act of voting moral.

God has not granted original authority to the individual who then transfers it “up” via the process of voting.  Quite the contrary, the individual is commanded to submit to the authority of the representative head.  Voting is not an act of authority because authority does not flow upward.   The entire process is a sham.  Eventually everything reverts in practice to a form of oligarchy/monarchy.  Hans Hoppe has written an excellent book entitled “Democracy, The God That Failed” that I would strongly recommend all reading this essay pick up.  He conclusively proves that democracy will always eventually wind up as practical oligarchy/monarchy.  Why not give up the sham of a democracy and establish oligarchy?

Alexis de Tocqueville recognized the latent danger in democracy when he traveled all over this country in the first half of the19th century.  He especially recognized the self-destructive nature of democracy.  As he observed in his book entitled “Democracy in America”,  once the citizens realize that they hold the right to the purse strings of the state treasury by means of the vote they will eventually give in to temptation and form special interest groups, each grappling for an ever increasing piece of the pie.  Two hundred years later we can see that he has hit the nail on the head.

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