But what about the 1%? Not the 1% of people who have a great deal more wealth than everyone else (often at the hands of government redistribution), but rather the 1% of voters who choose to vote for something different, someone who doesn't bleed party politics.
In the presidential election of 2008, about 125 million Americans decided to vote. Of those 125 million, only 1.5 million voted for a third party candidate. In other words, about 1% of American voters voted for true change; supporting candidates often not in the mainstream of ideas, but often with profound ideas and open minds to government policy (in contrast to the major two parties).
The same result occurred in the 2012 presidential election where even less people showed up to vote: about 122 million. A few more American voters decided to support third party candidates, but the results still showed slightly over 1% of support.
It doesn't get much better in local politics. Recently, in the 2015 mayoral race in Jacksonville, Florida, about 200,000 people voted for mayor. Unfortunately, there were no third party candidates in this race. The 1% couldn't even try to vote in the election.
It is an arduous task for the 1%; the few who wish to have a change in American politics. They are a minority that is not recognized, and is barely provided media coverage - even though third parties generally offer solutions over rhetoric.
In contrast to the 99%, that gets media attention and sometimes political support, the 1% remains voiceless. We scream and we shout, but unfortunately, we yell behind a closed door.
But there is hope for the 1%. In fact, the hope is the 50% that don't even vote. One wish is that those individuals begin to support third party candidates; however, the more realistic solution is having less people show up to vote each election cycle.
As stated above, the number of American voters decreased by a few million from 2008 to 2012. The total number of American voters in 2012 - even including the 1% - was around 122 million. At the same time, the total American adult population was around 242 million. That means that only 50% of possible American voters (give or take a percentage or two due to those who are felons or "mentally incapacitated) bothered to even vote in 2012.
The numbers were even worse in the mayoral election of 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. About 200,000 people voted in the election, even though there is an adult population of over 620,000. In other words, over 400,000 voters in Jacksonville decided to stay at home. You could call these people the 67%.
This significant distrust towards democracy, government, and/or mainstream politics is a positive direction for the 1%. When fewer people vote for the major two parties, the number of third party voters tends to increase (i.e. the 2012 presidential election).
The rise of Bernie Sanders (although he is technically running as a Democrat at this time, however, he, much like Ron Paul in previous years, is simply using the party as a means to win) is one example. The thousands that show up in his rallies, in contrast to the hundreds that show up at the other candidates' rallies, again shows the positive direction for the 1%.
But what remains important to remember is that the 1% continues to press on. Rather than stay at home, the 1% fights for change. Time and time again, the 1% face failure in the election process. Yet the 1% continues to stand tall.
Even more important, the 1% remains principled. They often put facts above politics, consequences over feelings. The critical thinking of the 1% shows just on the face of their actions; by choosing to not vote for the major two parties, the 1% shows that critical thinking is required.
I am proud to say I am the 1%. What are you?