There is nothing a politician fears more than a well-armed, well-trained citizenry. This is much more intimidating than a vote. They can manipulate voters. They have. They use party primaries and election laws that favor those parties. They use vulgarly drawn district maps to create safe seats for their party-chosen candidate.
Elections mean Nothing! Laws are ghosts on paper made to be violated, loopholed. The only reality that scares a politician is the day you wake up and realize you have the POWER to end what they have taken centuries to carefully craft, a protection from liberty so that they and their progeny might continue to proper from plunder.

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