In economic theory, there is something called the Rational Ignorance Effect. This term refers to the fact that, since an individual’s vote is unlikely to decide an election, most voters have little incentive to be well informed. This helps to explain why most people who vote have no idea what their candidate actually believes or promises to do. The Marginal Benefit of paying attention to the political race is often outweighed by the cost of doing so.
Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.
That’s from the actual study. The linked article continues:
The study found that even when 80% of the population favored a particular public policy change, it was only instituted 43% of the time. We saw this first hand with the bankster bailout in 2008, when Americans across the board were opposed to it, but Congress passed TARP anyway (although they had to vote twice).
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
Translation: your vote doesn’t matter. Heck, YOU don’t matter.
Not only do ordinary citizens not have uniquely substantial power over policy decisions; they have little or no independent influence on policy at all.
Remember this in 2016 when you go to cast your vote for one of the two candidates that the elites are going to present you with, Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton. Press that button. Pull that lever. Wear that “I Voted!” sticker with pride. Because you have just as much power as the people who don’t vote.