Enda Craig queries the logic of voter registration.
In County Donegal there are 14 full time field workers whose job it is to identify and submit these lists of potential voters.
Additionally, all levels of politicians can submit lists of citizens they wish to have added and they too are written to and notified.
They are given time to refuse registration but in the event they do not respond they are automatically added to the register.
This in a nutshell is how the national electoral register is compiled.
This process is extremely important to the power of the state because once your name is added to the Electoral Register you are in fact handing over your complete power (consent to be governed) to be ruled in accordance with the provisions laid down in the 1937 constitution.
We are ruled by a De Facto system of government which means … "existing or holding a specified position in fact but not necessarily by legal right "
In order for the state to have any legitimacy or international standing today this form of governance requires consent … indeed the chief justice states that the legitimacy of the state is the "prescience and great assent of the Irish people".
This is accounted for by your registration to vote under the very specific terms of the current constitution … your registration is your acceptance of the rules.
This, for the state, is the all important bottom line ... you have consented to be ruled by the provisions of the 1937 constitution which contains no rights for the individual.. in fact you are legally a slave.
In attempting to explain that registration for voting is its true and only purpose the state now allows elections to take place giving the impression that the ' power' lies with the people and their elected politicians.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Elections are a meaningless side show and well explained in this short article: Ireland’s powerful, unelected forces who control decision-making
Speaking truth to power isn’t easy, neither is it rewarding in a country like Ireland whose own version of its Deep State appears entrenched and immune from a political system that remains mired in the shoe leather of constituency clientelism, selecting every few years those best at playing the local game to the national chamber in the uncertain hope that the long-term national interest will be served.
In truth, it matters not to the Irish Deep State who controls the Dáil chamber, so long as sufficient power rests outside it to allow the organism to fulfil its primary purpose, which is to survive and thrive.
You certainly won’t hear about it on the State broadcaster nor among the panels stuffed with net takers, university lecturers for the most part, who find it hard to accept their role in a Deep State which stood by while the worst parts of the last depression were privatised, namely the job losses and emigration that devastated the indigenous Irish economy and emaciated its private working poor and most indebted.
You won’t hear President Higgins name it and neither, sadly, are you likely to hear it in a media nervous of a litigious billionaire, nor among Ireland’s conventional political classes who live in perpetual fear of upsetting it. But it’s there in plain sight, just follow the money, power and privileges.
Government is a management agency hired to run the state.
Most people do not give the process of voter registration a second thought as they believe that it is simply a requirement for the exercise of voting and nothing else.
To the state the actual percentage of voter turnout in any election is meaningless as it does not impact on the number of people registered from whence it derives it's power.
In truth, voter registration, is a cynical exercise in .... "Ruling By Fooling" … which so far has worked perfectly.
A great explanation by Aileen Doysan.
⏭ Enda Craig is Donegal community activist.