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The Election Has Been Hacked: The Dismal Reality of Having No Real Electoral Choices

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The FBI is worried: foreign hackers have broken into two state election databases.

The Department of Homeland Security is worried: the nation's voting system needs greater protection against cyberattacks.

I, on the other hand, am not overly worried: after all, the voting booths have already been hacked by a political elite comprised of Republicans and Democrats who are determined to retain power at all costs.

The outcome is a foregone conclusion: the police state will win and "we the people" will lose.

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The damage has already been done.

The DHS, which has offered to help "secure" the nation's elections, has already helped to lock down the nation.

Remember, the DHS is the agency that militarized the nation's police, spied on activists and veterans, distributed license plate readers and cell phone trackers to law enforcement agencies, contracted to build detention camps, carried out military drills and lockdowns in American cities, conducted virtual strip searches of airline passengers, established Constitution-free border zones, funded city-wide surveillance cameras, and generally turned our republic into a police state.

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So, no, I'm not falling for the government's scare tactics about Russian hackers.

I'm not losing a night's sleep over the thought that this election might by any more rigged than it already is.

And I'm not holding my breath in the hopes that the winner of this year's particular popularity contest will save us from government surveillance, weaponized drones, militarized police, endless wars, SWAT team raids, red light cameras, asset forfeiture schemes, overcriminalization, profit-driven private prisons, graft and corruption, or any of the other evils that masquerade as official government business these days.

The sad truth is that it doesn't matter who wins the White House, because they all work for the same boss: Corporate America.

Politics is a game, a joke, a hustle, a con, a distraction, a spectacle, a sport, and for many devout Americans, a religion.

It is a political illusion aimed at persuading the citizenry that we are free, that our vote counts, and that we actually have some control over the government when in fact, we are prisoners of a police state.

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In other words, it's a sophisticated ruse aimed at keeping us divided and fighting over two parties whose priorities are exactly the same so that we don't join forces and do what the Declaration of Independence suggests, which is to throw the whole lot out and start over.

We're in trouble, folks.

We are living in a fantasy world carefully crafted to resemble a representative democracy.

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