"taking from the rich and giving to the poor." Goes back a long long time. Early 1800's in the US.
Everyone, men and women alike, are dis-enfranchised from the voting process. Those who select the candidates to be offered effectively control the election's outcome. There are certain requisites each candidate must meet, otherwise they won't even be permitted into the convention, regardless of how many people vote for them. Votes do make people feel as though they have a voice, however.
Even Men in the US never voted for El Presidente. This was to insulate the people from the national gov't, which was traditionally very small in size and power. Only later with the 17 amendment did the states effectively lose their voice in congress when senate elections were turned over to the people at large and the gov officially became a democracy. Prior to that, everything was done at the state and local levels. So, along with calling on the national gov as a watchdog to change local politics through supreme court decisions, the people have also invited the big dog into their backyards. They oughtn't complain then when the dog starts to bite and messes up the yard. The grass is always greener on the other side, but sometimes one doesn't learn how good they had it, until after it's too late.