Although I’m still not convinced that the election wasn’t stolen. After all, the ex-cons who placed the Diebolt machines are what assured Bush Dubya’s win twice.
But just as a friend told me then that if most people had voted, this wouldn’t have happened. Another friend told me that it should be a crime NOT to vote. I’m not sure I agree with that, BUT I love that Brazilians have to pay a fine if they don’t vote! That way, only the rich can afford to NOT vote. It would be cool if workers got the day off, but only got paid if they provided proof they voted. After all, can we really call this a Democracy if approx. 50% of eligible voters do NOT vote?!
MichMom • 8 days ago said:
This was one of my favorite segments from “The West Wing”. Candidates Santos and Vinick during their Presidential debate………
“SANTOS: It’s true, Republicans have tried to turn ‘liberal’ into a bad word. Well, liberals ended slavery in this country.
VINICK: A Republican President ended slavery.
SANTOS: Yes, a liberal Republican. What happened to them? They got run out of your party. What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed every one of those programs. Every one. So when you try to hurl the word ‘liberal’ at my feet, as if it were dirty, something to run away from, something that I should be ashamed of, it won’t work, Senator, because I will pick up that label and wear it as a badge of honor.”
………..and the “opposition” mentioned was all BEFORE the GOP opposition to everything President Obama wanted to pass.
No matter how liberal the county may be becoming, if the voters don’t vote, nothing changes. Only 54% of the eligible voters voted in this election. Trump was elected with 27% of the entire US eligible voters. Yes there may be suppression, yes there may have been fake news, there may have even been Russian partisanship as to the candidate they wanted to besmirch the most, in favor of electing the other candidate. But NO ONE made the remaining 46% of eligible voters stay home except them. Self-suppression.
We don’t always get the perfect candidate, there haven’t been many. We may not even get the candidate that espouses ALL of our priorities. But we get one that is as close as possible and have to vote…………..and if the country is becoming more liberal, then they have to get off the couch, get the ID they need, get registered to vote, and show up to vote in every primary and general election……..not just for the Presidential election every 4 years in November. There’s nearly two years before the mid-terms and four before the next Presidential election. Having Get Out The Vote and voter registration during the 4 months before the election hasn’t worked. Do it all year long, every year, push it. Voter suppression doesn’t work if you follow what’s required, even if it seems like an unbearable burden. Start planning more than a year before the election.
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