Comment: I wonder how many votes were actually counted in my lifetime.

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I wonder how many votes were actually counted in my lifetime.

There were mechanical voting (cheating) machines in the 1950s maybe before.

I think voting machines are a cover for the people who invent the vote tallies. They escape culpability by pointing at the machine.

But it's probably a problem for Democracy since ancient history.

How many rotten men and women keep getting re-elected?

They vote without reading the bills and they follow the Party line, because that is how you get re-elected.

The people don't elect them, the Party does. They serve the Party. What other conclusion can one reach?

Who does the Party serve? Both Parties together only serve a minority. Who finances the Parties? The Creditors that hold US debt.

So Congress is an agent for our creditors. securing new loans and collecting the 'rent' from the People and other purposes.

Taxation without representation is tyranny.

Free includes debt-free!