I’ve finally realized

My vote doesn’t count. Nor, truly, does the vote of any person not registered within the only two political parties in this country. This country is so determined to be a two party “democracy” that they’ve all, but ensured that the outcome will be exactly what they want. Eleven states hold a closed primary every four years, so that only Democrats and Republicans are allowed to determine who they want to represent. The voices of the Independents and all others not registered as Democrat or Republican are silenced.  How different would the running of this country be if the other political parties were more than just something written on paper? Voters are not in control, we only have the illusion that we are and we buy into it every single election.