Facing Our Irrelevance

Mike Meyer
6 min readFeb 11, 2024

No one cares what we want

Photo by Connor DeMott on Unsplash

What do we want? It would seem that is a question that should be both primary and foundational in the political process. I can’t remember ever hearing that as anything but a rhetorical prompt from an American politician to tell us what we should want.

More often, we are told what we don’t want. In the first case, that is a range of things that will make select other people more affluent and more powerful, and, in the second case, will make certain select other people are denied what they want.

In neither case is there any concern for what we, the mass population, want. Occasionally, we see the results of a survey on that open-ended question, including things such as national healthcare, free education, and employment security.

The responses are labeled as unreasonable or just not possible in America. After all, we are irrelevant in the American experiment’s final era. Our role is only as secondary markers in the Electoral College tabulation that may be zeroed out.

In the critical election year of 2024, the changes in what we think we will do (not what we want) are pored over daily by the knowledgeable. This is the arcane art of reading survey entrails by poking and prodding them, producing prognostications solemnly stated to be worthless this early in the election cycle.

The rituals must be performed to convince the small percentage of people who vote that their choices are being studied. The options are the product of carefully prepared questions that safely avoid any real choice and are turned into simple rankings in the national race.

The choices start as candidates but slowly become avatars who are the actual candidates. The avatar illustrates the primary goal of making select rich people richer or driving others into poverty and misery. What were originally speeches on policy have become endlessly repeated collections of memes used to trigger cheers or revulsion.

Ironically, the first option also leads to increased misery for those voting to make the wealthy wealthier but has the benefit of virtue signaling the absence of hate and selfishness. The second option focuses on the population who seek to impose various arbitrary forms of bigotry on their designated “others.”

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Mike Meyer

Writer, Educator, Campus CIO (retired) . Essays on our changing reality here, news and more at https://rlandok.substack.com/